Last week I started a "Talkin' Shop" series on dissecting a recent article in the Readers Digest..."50 Secrets Nurses Won't Tell You". (Michelle, Crouch. "50 Secrets Your Nurse Won't Tell You." Reader's Digest. November 2011: 132-42. Print)
The idea being, since I was so *ahem* rudely overlooked for this article, that I was gonna have my say anyway. Hence YOU being subjected to these "dissections". Lucky you! ;) (Should we see if I can do 50 different photos of the ol' RD cover for each post? CHALLENGE!)
"We're not going to tell you your doctor is incompetent, but if I say, 'You have the right to a second opinion', that can be code for 'I don't like your doctor' or 'I don't trust your doctor'." -Linda Bell, RN, clinical practice specialist at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in Aliso Viejo, California
I'll level with you here...this one is kind of a boring one. 'Cuz you know what? It's true.
I have only worked in one medical facility (the one I currently work in) so I can't speak for everywhere, but would imagine there are some similarities here, in that there is a "code of conduct" for nurses, and part of that agreement is not bad mouthing the doctors.
While there are times, I'm sure, in every nurses' career where he/she wants to grab a patient, look them deep in the eye and whisper..."Run. Run very fast and very far and when you can't run anymore, find a new doctor."
Case in point: Michael Jackson's doctor. Or any of these 10 scary doctors. Yikes.
If you ask a nurse what she thinks of your doctor and she "hmmmm's" and "haaaaa's" then tells you that "you know, all of the doctors in that practice really are good, but I GO TO (key words there) Dr. C" take that as encrypted "whoa nelly, you might want a different doctor!".
And most of all, remember that the bottom line is YOUR health. If you are uncertain about the care you are receiving, ask for a second opinion. Listen to your gut. Trust your instincts. There is a "Patient's Bill of Rights" which is a list of rights a patient is guaranteed.
If all else fails, it never hurts to have a local nurse in your pocket to call up and say, "Yo. I need a colonoscopy...who should I see?" 'Cuz we all know which doctors will give you the best dose of Versed. Well, scratch that. I don't know. All I could tell you is which doctor is a bit generous in his cervical exams.
And that won't help you for your colonoscopy. Just sayin'.
'Til next week!