Okay, fair enough, tcnekm. No need for childish and misogynistic remarks. I would have agreed with you if you had simply explained that this nurse was bashing a radiology tech. If you had read my response, you wouldn't have gotten so pissy, either:
"The "tech" title makes little sense...why should EMTs who take short courses be lumped in with "techs" with bachelor's degrees? And why should a radiology tech be in any way compared with a RN with a bachelor's degree? They're completely different fields with different skill sets."
If I had known this nurse was somehow putting herself/himself above technicians with bachelor's degrees, I would have responded differently. Clearly, that's an unfair remark, and if that's the case, the OP has invited such criticism. But if you read through this thread, that fact is not well-established, and I was under the impression that people were making qualitative comparisons between nurses and pretty much anyone who holds any certification in health care. I was once a surgical tech (associates-level degree) and I never would have compared my knowledge with that of an RN.
However, I have worked with plenty of self-aggrandizing "noctors" as you put it, and I know exactly what you're talking about--some nurses believe they know more than physicians. They're wrong. Good nurses aren't like this. I was only defending them. I was misinformed about the OP's intentions here, but I hope you can see why that was the case.
I don't think I know more or am more well-educated than physicians.
I will say that if I have worked with certain conditions overtime said resident or even fellow or attending may not see how on target another nurse or I am, simply b/c they may not have worked and seen the presentation enough--or they are NOT looking at the patients individually.
Having said that, I have gotten thank yous from the humble physicians that give a rat's butt about the patients. The ones that are insecure and care more about their egos--not so much--but they were sure as hell glad someone help bring whatever to the light of days, such that it helped protect them and their licenses.
You know what. Decent, humble people throughout these fields will have the main function of putting the patient first.
Those that lean more toward douchebaggery, as you may call it, don't--or they say they might, but their overall attitude and behavior will eventually show they are full of it.
I have witnessed more than once ego as a factor that has lead to patient suffering or demise. You can take that sad truth to the bank.
You know that old saying, "Pride comes before a fall?" Well, I have seen a number of fallen, and they happened to have been patients. Usually others if they are favored get protected to some point--eh, but not always.
I have zero tolerance for ego ****e when it comes to patients and their needs, conditions, and outcomes.
No one talks about these tragedies, b/c somehow they are covered up often enough.
Instead they count all the medically related mistakes in hospitals. I can deal with a reasonable and honest mistake, especially if we can learn from it. No one is beyond the potential for error.
I can't tolerate foolish, lazy, or idiotic mistakes that have preventable systems in place--and I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT TOLERATE MISTAKES THAT COME FROM PRIDE AND EGO!!!! These kinds of errors are the worst. When you see them and know they were preventable--if only someone hasn't the dug in their heels--prideful, stubborn errors, that is the kind of thing you lose sleep over. I know that I can sleep at night as far as I am concerned; but I lose sleep over pts suffering and dying needlessly b/c of such things. And this is why though I believe in some tort reform, I also think people should have the right to sue when there is gross negligence and such.