33 healthcare workers debunk myths about their work


“The former ER nurse here. As frustrating as it may be, the ER operates on the acuity (or life-threatening) of your complaint, not the order in which one you entered. This means that the 80 year old man with chest pain will go before the 30 year old with leg pain. All complaints are valid and will be addressed, but we are playing the game “what will kill you more quickly” for the treatment order. Also, not all providers have the same level of access to your file. As a registered nurse, I did not have access to insurance details or to social security numbers, but registration does. Not everyone can see your previous visits or medical history, so please just tell us when we ask. All staff treat multiple patients. There have been nights when we had over 100 patients, but only two patients. decins, so be patient and understand that you may not have much time with the doctor. Talk to your nurse! They are incredibly knowledgeable and will give you the same information as a doctor in these situations.”

“If your nurse is actively doing CPR, DON’T YELL HER ABOUT GETTING YOUR SANDWICH QUICK ENOUGH. If you’re well enough to walk into my other patient’s room, you’re well enough to wait until we’re done with CPR. You never know what the staff are dealing with in the other rooms Again, we know you feel bad, and it’s understandable, but we may have just discussed end of life care with another patient just before you walk in. We are people too. enters the medical field wants to save everyone who walks in, but our hands are tied by insurance regulations, staffing shortages, out-of-stock supplies , etc. Health care is not fair, and we know it (if not more) than you.”


Maria D. Ervin