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5 Nursing Stereotypes Debunked

Hamsa Ramesha | NursingLink

Nurses Work for Doctors

4. Nurses Work for Doctors

There are advanced nurse practioners who work under a doctor’s supervision. Part of a nurse’s job description is to update doctors about their patients. Some even work in the OR alongside surgeons. But nurses do not actually work for doctors.

In an article in the New York Times called “Why Nurse Stereotypes are Bad for Health,” writer Theresa Brown, RN, argues “Hospital nurses are hired and fired by other nurses, answer to a unit manager who is a nurse, and follow the protocols set by more senior nursing officers … nursing is an autonomous profession and the formal management structure of most hospitals keeps MDs and RNs separate and independent.”

Bottom line? Nurses and doctors are coworkers. Nurses see to the daily care of patients, acting as a liaison between patients and doctors as the patient’s advocate. The two parties have a professional working relationship.


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    NathalieDuffney

    over 3 years ago

    12 comments

    this is so true. Thanks for debunking these stereotypes.

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    glorydazexx82

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm a big fan of Ultimate Fighter. During one of the episodes, Josh Koscheck, one of the fighters, tried to get under one of the male medics skin by teasing him and comparing him to a male nurse. Josh Kosheck thinks he is so superior because being a male nurse is such a feminine position. He is such an ignorant piece of crap. Anyways, I've received lots of support from my family, friends and fellow nursing students for joining the nursing profession. Proud to be male nurse and to challenge the stereotype.

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    umapathy

    about 4 years ago

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    I have seen lot of Nurses like Male nurses
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    flynn126

    about 4 years ago

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    I am always happy to encounter and work with male nurses. Male nurses enhance the nursing profession by boosting professionalism, pay scale, attitude, and by providing a different prospective. Also, while I probably have worked with gay male nurses, most of the male nurses I have worked with are married men with families. We need to work harder at countering negative stereotypes of nurses and nursing.

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