What, this post?
It doesn’t say anything about women in nursing. It does say something about what some people think about women in healthcare in general.
This post doesn’t say anything negative about nurses AT ALL. Nurses are awesome. As I’ve said before, I’m never offended by being mistaken for a nurse. Sure, I’m proud of being a doctor and I want my patients to recognize my title, but if I were a nurse I would be no less proud of my position. Showing pride in my own position and achievements is not the same as belittling others’. I correct people when they call me nurse because I want them to know my role in their care and I don’t want them to ask 5 hours later, “when am I going to see a doctor?” It’s not some egotistical “how dare you call me a nurse!” kind of response. Maybe for some it is, but not for me.
My point in the earlier post is that I, like many other women who work in hospitals, am not a nurse. When a patient sees a male in a hospital, they don’t automatically assume to know their job title. But when they see a woman, they’re automatically a nurse. But there are plenty of female physical therapists, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, and doctors in my hospital, and when we walk in a room, we are automatically thought of as nurses. What I am offended by is patients and other people who can’t think of a woman being anything other than a nurse, as if that were the only job “suitable” for women. The problem is not being a nurse. The problem is not being allowed to be anything else. That is my point.