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Doctor or nurse? Blurring the lines of medical treatment

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

The journal Academic Medicine recently called for articles addressing these questions: What is a doctor? What is a nurse? Thirty years ago this would have been an absurd issue not only for doctors and nurses, but for patients as well. Roles were clearly delineated within the disciplines. The white coat indicated a doctor, and the white uniform and cap identified the nurse. The unspoken question here is whether nurses and doctors still have delineated roles, or are the roles, along with the skills, beginning to equalize? more

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