Last week, Denver7 news reported that five nurses at Denver Health Medical Centerwere suspended for allegedly mocking the unusually large package of a patient who died in their facility. When we heard this story, we had one question: how common is this sort of thing, really? So are they regularly checking out their patients' junk? And if so, are they going so far as to show off their, um, unusual attributes to their colleagues? And is there specific ethical guidance given in the case of genital abnormalities, like a particularly large penis? To get answers, we asked people on the front lines: nurses, doctors, and medical students.
Their names were not released. This incident it is not an appropriate representation of the high-quality care and compassion our clinical staff strive to provide to our patients. The hospital contacted the police but the decision was taken that the hospital should handle the matter internally. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try Independent Minds free for 1 month. Independent Minds Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Minds.
Nurses often have starring roles in romance novels or porn, but in real life, their work is usually undervalued and underpaid. Honestly, there's probably no amount of money in the world that would compensate their daily efforts—we would all die horribly without them, while they have to endure the grossest and saddest parts of what makes us human. Nurses are under a lot of pressure, and that pressure takes away time spent with patients.
I was working on a hotel remodel in Atlanta when I was injured. A scaffold collapsed and I fell about forty feet to the ground. The paramedics were there within five minutes and rushed me to a nearby hospital. That's where I met an ER nurse who changed the course of my life.