Monday, October 23, 2006
Pointing The Finger
Happy, Yoda is not.
Usually, in blog-mode, I try to stay positive. I know rant blogs get more hits, but I don't really want to go there. Today I have to make an exception to that policy. This is not directed at any one person, but at the growing and annoying trend in medblogs to trash either nursing, doctoring, or [ insert profession here ].
It's happening on all sides, with lashings of hyperbole and shrill yearning for the mythical "Good Old Days". The bleating goes something like this:
Oh, but those people aren't very intelligent, and those ones over there make lots of mistakes and that other group is insulting and these people are arrogant and those don't know their place, and I've got a story about how bad they are...Please.
Everyone has stories. I've got a million of 'em. Professionals of every ilk making woeful mistakes. That's because people do, on the whole. They screw up. Over and over again, myriad bone-headed errors. Telling anecdotes (some of which are first-hand experience, some the hospital equivalent of urban legend) is all very droll, and it will score you lots of hits and a healthy comment section, but it does little to reflect the reality of any professional body.
You want to do something that makes a difference? Right here and now? Clean up your own damn backyard. Fix what's wrong with your profession, before you come bleating to me about someone else's.
I am so off-the-scale tired of people in healthcare using other professions to score political points or make themselves look smart. There's been so much discussion of who's more intelligent lately that I'm forced to wonder if anybody has more than a couple of brain cells to rub together. Apparently bright minds suggesting that one professional group is ruining healthcare in their country. Aren't we past this yet?
We're supposed to make each other better. Professions are supposed to evolve. Along the way, guess what? We're going to make mistakes. We don't have all the answers yet, and anyone who purports to in their blog o' t' week is yanking your chain.
Posted by PaedsRN at 11:06 AM