Reflections on Doctors: Nurses' Stories about Physicians and Surgeons

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Nurses share what it’s like to work with doctors—when it’s like a smooth-running machine, when communication breaks down, and how it directly affects the patient. Hear from people new to the field as well as those who have been in nursing for decades about power differences, gender dynamics, and the challenge of public perceptions.

Edited and introduced by a registered nurse, Reflections on Doctors is a resource for nurses and anyone who wants ...

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Overview

Nurses share what it’s like to work with doctors—when it’s like a smooth-running machine, when communication breaks down, and how it directly affects the patient. Hear from people new to the field as well as those who have been in nursing for decades about power differences, gender dynamics, and the challenge of public perceptions.

Edited and introduced by a registered nurse, Reflections on Doctors is a resource for nurses and anyone who wants to better understand the healthcare professionals who care for them.

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This collection of stories by nurses tells laypeople what it's like to work with surgeons and other physicians in real-life situations. Reflections on Doctors takes you inside emergency rooms and operating chambers, revealing how quick decisions about diagnosis and treatment are made. A valuable resource for healthcare professionals and those they serve.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781427798251
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Kaplan Voices: Nurses Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Ratner, RN, MFA, is a registered nurse, freelance writer, and creative writing instructor. Ratner’s nursing career has spanned more than 17 years at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, a level-one trauma hospital in Phoenix. As a long-time advocate of positive nurse-physician relationships, she has researched and written extensively on the subject for national nursing publications, including NurseWeek and Nursing Spectrum.

Ratner teaches creative writing in a variety of settings from community colleges to a school for homeless children (Thomas J. Pappas) to wellness communities throughout the Valley of the Sun. In 2004, she launched an Arts and Healing program for children undergoing dialysis. Ratner is a strong proponent of clinical narratives, the writing of stories to assist nurses in understanding themselves and their practice. She has won awards in both national and local nonfiction competitions. Her writing has appeared in Johns Hopkins Nursing, American Nurse Today, eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, Today in PT, Raising Arizona Kids, Phoenix Magazine, and The Jewish News of Arizona. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. www.terryratner.com.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

    Nurses¿Seekers of Knowledge

    Reflections on Doctors is a rare and startling treasure of a book, bursting with precision, intimacy, and unrestrained voices of nurses. The contributors of this important anthology represent a variety of perspectives; some have been nurses for years, while others are relatively new to the profession, but all of them have witnessed considerable relationship changes between nurses and physicians over time. The sharing of their unique stories represents the evolving image of nurses¿no longer do we respond to authority with unquestioning obedience, but instead we are seekers of knowledge, trained to question, research, and express ourselves in crucial conversations. Thank you, Terry Ratner, for introducing this daring topic and for advancing the nursing profession.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

    Voices of our Profession

    As an avid reader and nurse for over twenty years, I found Reflections on Doctors to be enlightening and compelling, as it touched on topics that have been ignored for years--communication and trust between nurses and doctors. It's rare to find essays about nurses that don't dramatize their relationship with physicians, but instead portray an accurate description of what goes on behind closed doors. This is just the beginning of an "open door" policy by nurses, who are also proficient writers and the new voices for our profession. This anthology needs to be required reading for nurses, doctors, and nursing and medical students. It's a book to be cherished and shared.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

    A Long Overdue Dialogue

    I¿m in nursing school expecting to graduate this June. My clinical instructor required our class to read Reflections on Doctors to assist in increasing our understanding of the nurse-physician relationship. The essays opened my eyes to a variety of issues which my class discussed in an open forum. A Readers Guide, located in the back of the book, provided opportunities for further discussion of these provocative essays. What became clear is the importance of communication between physicians and nurses and how far the nursing profession has evolved. The result¿a promoting of the nursing profession with a long overdue dialogue.

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