Posted by Elizabeth on October 06, 2003 at 21:37:23:
In Reply to: Re: For Elizabeth posted by Rowena on October 06, 2003 at 20:50:38:
I am a medical transcriptionist now which is way below a nurse now. Good thing there is spell check, tricks like macros, or else I would be in trouble. I wanted to become a doctor at one point but decided I wanted to be with my children at home and that is why I decided to pursue this career. Also, when I worked as a nurse I found myself many times taking my job to personal. Many times I became depressed when I saw very sick people. I found myself trying to help more than I should and could. I understand what you mean about not having to follow the doctors orders as an independent contractor, but how exactly did you become an independent contractor. Here in California you have to be under a physician no matter if you are a P.A.
Have you ever thought about becoming a doctor. There are some very good nurses out there that are better than many doctors.
I have a sister who had a very simple surgery who came out of there dying. Her respirations had fallen to near nothing, the doctor wanted to open her back up again. I jumped in and argued with the doctor. I told him give her this, that, and order this, and he looked down to me and said "who are you and are you a nurse or something." The OB/GYN doctor finally listened to me after raising my voice at him. My sister was shocked because I am not that way. The doctor thanked me and my sister has always been graetful because I saved her life.
I also remember a situation and I won't say names of physicians or facilities because I don't want to get myself into trouble because my work is suppose to be confidential but anyway I was assisting an endocrinologist in a pituitary function test which was suppose to be on a 16-year-old girl. The doctor argued with me about how much to inject in this girl and he said to inject. I argued that it would be too much for her and he said no and it turned out that I was right. This patient passed out because her blood sugar dropped, etc. due to to much medication. We had to postpone the test and did the test again and finally he agreed on the dosage that I had said and things were fine.
It really is scary out there.