Monday, October 4, 2010
I recently ordered an ECG along with routine blood work for a patient who needed a pre-op workup. I received the ECG results today with the interpretation by the cardiologist. I thought it was funny and sad that he felt the need to cross out the default "Dr." preceding my name on the report. Of course, I am not a "doctor" as in physician, nor do I ever purport to be. I will soon have my doctorate in nursing practice (7 months to go!) but that will have no impact on how I interact with my patients or colleagues. I wish reports, and even prescription bottles for that matter, correctly referred to the credentials of the ordering clinician. Our patients should be able to identify their clinician without further confusion. But until then, I guess providers will self enforce who gets to be called "Dr." I can't help but to imagine a rogue pharmacist crossing out the "Dr." on every prescription label for prescriptions that are written by non-physicians. Surely, we have better things to do with our limited time and resources....right?