Thought Du Jour

If we’re all so worried about infection control, how about we stop treating the housekeepers like dirt?

If we’re annoyed the patient hasn’t gone to the floor, how about we stop treating the porters like dirt?

If we’re having trouble getting our orders copied, how about we stop treating the ward clerks like dirt?


P. S. If the internist treats you like dirt, it’s hardly an excuse to spread the joy.


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  1. #1 by thwap on Friday 04 February 2011 - 1201

    This is a very serious issue. The masters of the universe believe that we should pay the people who clean hospital operating theatres minimum wage and hurry them to get their work finished.

    We can spend ten billion training rapists in Afghanistan, drop one billion for incompetent and thuggish “security” for a G20 conference, but paying a decent wage for hospital workers and giving them the resources they need to prevent, oh I don’t know, THE PLAGUE, is just pie-in-the-sky lunacy apparently.

  2. #2 by Beth Boynton, RN, MS on Friday 04 February 2011 - 1205

    Awesome questions! It is like a totem pole of oppression.

    I believe the more work we nurses and other HCPs do on respecting ourselves, our work, & each other we can impact EVERYTHING! Safety, costs, job satisfaction, workplace violence etc. We can make healthcare more humane and even insist on more time and staff we need to do things right!

    Beth Boynton, RN, MS

  3. #3 by Claire on Sunday 06 February 2011 - 1925

    From the perspective of a ward clerk trying very desperately to get into med school:

    Amen. Everyone is important in there own way and everyone deserved to be appreciated for what they do, or at the very least, not treated like crap. When I’m a doctor, if I end up forgetting what it’s like to be seen by some of the people I admire the most in the world as expendable, on the bottom of the heap, then despite the medical degree I really won’t have achieved anything.

    From the perspective of an aspiring doctor who used to be a ward clerk:

    If we expect to be ignored or exploited by people more highly qualified than us, then that’s likely all we’ll ever notice. If we treat our internists as we would like to be treated, sometimes we’re pleasantly surprised :)

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