Our hospital recently created a lovely web site for each unit. Pictures, profiles of the docs, the whole nice thing. There’s even a list of nearby restaurants and hotels, for family from far away. And on this site, under the smiling photos of each they list the names of our esteemed surgeons, our intensivists, dieticians, pharmacists, secretaries, physical therapists, respiratory therapists. Then there are the pictures of the nurses. We are smiling, too. Our names are not listed. We are “staff”.
Why do I care? I don’t know. Don’t I know that nurses are seen as glorified waitresses? Yeah I do. Didn’t I hope for better? I did.