Now that it's nurses week, I've seen a bunch of stuff online and heard in person from female colleagues (med students, residents, etc) about how frustrating and insulting it is for them when patients or others assume that they're nurses. I understand how the assumption is insulting and paternalistic on its face – a male doctor would never be confused for a nurse. But, this brings me to my point —
Isn't that kind of insulting to nurses? I understand that my female colleagues have worked hard to earn their degrees and should be recognized appropriately, but I always thought that the outrage is actually very derogatory to nurses, as if their status was beneath them in some way (intellectually, socially, hierarchically, etc). I realize that this probably isn't the intention of most when they express their frustrations, but I have gotten the feeling from some that the outrage goes beyond being dismissed as a non-physician and extends to actually being thought of as an RN. To me, the frustration comes off as very anti-feminist, paradoxically.
Would love to hear some thoughts from others – especially RNs.
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