Don't Curse the Nurse!

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It’s Not That Funny

on July 6, 2014

Rodney Dangerfield would be on our side. He would say “Endo nurses get no respect”.

Being that the general public only connects the word Endoscopy to colonoscopies, we are fair game. The connection makes us, and any medical professional that specializes in Endoscopy, the butt of numerous jokes (pun intended).

Let me share in a few things here. The mortality rate for lower (colon) GI hemorrhaging and upper GI (esophageal / gastric ) is between 6-10%. The mortality rate increases with age and other underlying comorbidities. (Limmott, Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Bleeding in Adults, AAFP, April 2012).

The numbers are this low and getting lower because of diagnostic interventions, hello, that’s us, your “Endo” people, the doctors and nurses that specialize not only in gastroscopies and colonoscopy skills, but also in esophageal dilatations, common bile duct stent placements, cauterization of bleeding ulcers, banding of esophageal varices ,and a few other treatments.

You can still laugh if you want to, however, remember that we treat our patients with the utmost dignity, have an awareness of the risks for the intervention we assist with, and…

Work 8 ½ hour days, not twelve, and don’t have a mandate to work every other weekend and every other holiday.

Think about it.


4 responses to “It’s Not That Funny

  1. Victo Dolore says:

    You people are AWESOME!

    • b4thirty8 says:

      Thank You! The feeling is mutual.
      I was just telling a family member last week that my reverence for physicans is not some projected God complex. It’s a respect for the years of training and self disclipline you undertook in order to do what you do!

  2. Susanne says:

    You endo people are so important!! I work with palliative care, and so many of our patients get to live a bit longer with improved quality of life because of you. Keep up the good work!

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