Saturday, September 22, 2007

Don't take this personally, but....

In catching up on some of my favorite medical/er blogs I have seen a lot of posts by patients who seem offended by the cynicism they see on the medical blogs. I understand how disturbing it is to hear people who are in the profession of caring saying seemingly derogatory things about the patients they are caring for. But, truthfully, nursing is at once one of the most rewarding and degrading, thankless jobs I have ever had or could imagine. I wouldn't change my job for the world, I love it.

If you are a patient, please, don't take the things you read in medical blogs personally. Try to understand that no matter our personal feelings about a few frustrating patients, most medical providers maintain a professional attitude with the patients. Blogs are sometimes our ways to vent about the frustrating part of our lifes work, just like anyone else can have complaints about their jobs.

People in the medical field seem to appreciate a darker sort of humor that other's don't appreciate either. I can't count the number of times I've inadvertently 'grossed out' people at dinner. It doesn't always occur to me that the stories will bother some people, while at work we will talk about a nasty chainsaw injury while eating cafeteria lasagna. (which can sometimes look worse than a nasty chainsaw injury )