This is why I always carried lots of malpractice insurance, told every patient exactly what I was doing and why, even when they were unresponsive, and am so glad I'm not a floor nurse and work in an office (at least for the next few years). [B]Doctors and patients expect perfection from nurses but we are only human, often working under conditions which most people would quit.[/
Oh I agree so much (to the bold). Pediatric nurse here.
I haven't read the article yet, but I will. Don't generalize healthcare professionals. There are some really good and some really bad. I work with both. But even the best nurses and docs make mistakes. And we aren't God and sometimes we intervene too much...it's not natural. We can only do so much and not everything in treatment will work out perfectly.
I'm burnt out. Just last night I was running around with my head chopped off trying to care for 6 sick kids. Trying to ensure every detail was taken care of. Not to mention I was the charge nurse, so was in charge of the rest of the nurses and their patient loads.
Hospitals can be such a joke. They expect high quality care from nurses under some terrible working conditions (terrible patient loads, long shifts, no breaks, no experience, no bonuses for doing well, etc). I'm sure if I check my email right now I'll have an email from my boss telling us a parent was upset because she didn't get the extra pillow she asked for.
I'm burnt out. But love it. I just hope I'm never the one to make a fatal mistake at 2am after running my butt off all night...and then not to be supported and fired. Ugh. Poor woman.
Off to read the article...