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We need to talk about nursing

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3416 (Published 02 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3416

Rx for Hospitals

The hospital is a battlefield in which doctors and nurses fight
sickness. Doctors are officers, and nurses are enlisted. Doctors have
authority, issue orders, enjoy comforts, and receive rewards; while nurses
lack authority, take orders, do dirty work, and receive blame. This gross
inequality is counterproductive, because it hurts nurses, creates
internecine conflict, subverts the hospital's mission, and subjects
patients to suboptimal healthcare.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 June 2011
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA