- May 15, 2011
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Even if it's an understandable reaction, you still have to admit, people assuming you're becoming a nurse when you're busting ass to become a physician is in a word, ****ty.
I guess I'm in the minority that it really doesn't bother me. Other people's misconceptions and judgments about who/what I am doesn't really affect me, I'm still going to do what I plan and need to do. A pt thinks I'm a nurse? That's nice. I'm still going to do your H&P.
Sometimes you can even take it as a compliment, as pts tend to like nurses more than doctors. Medical students are actually more like nurses in regards to the amount of time they spend with patients. I can spend 40 minutes talking to a patient, then give a few minute presentation to the doctor, the doctor sees her for 5 minutes, and she's out the door. I know when I'm a doctor I won't have 40 minutes to talk to a patient, and it's mostly not the doctor's fault that he can't spend more time with the patient. But for now, I care less about the patient thinking I'm a nurse and more about the patient feeling comfortable enough with me to tell me some of the harder or more embarrassing parts of her medical history.