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From our ReadersPublished 5/23/2005

Dear Editor,

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Larry Leeds article "Isn't Everyone a VIP." This really struck a chord with me. Twice. First, it rarely happens at our hospital, but once in a while somebody is designated a VIP. Anyone who would think this necessary has no understanding whatsoever of nursing and nursing philosophy. I have worked in the hospital setting for over a decade and in that time have worked with exactly two nurses who did not consider every single patient a VIP. And neither of those nurses lasted very long.

Secondly, Mr. Leeds made a very good point in that just because nurses do things that the general public would not do, and just because we do little things that are not strictly nursing care, we are not menial labor. We are highly educated, highly trained, dedicated professionals. I cannot say how much it irks me when a visitor tells me, "You need to . . . " whatever. I guess I know what I need to do. I guess I will do what I need to do. This may be the only real thing which bothers me about nursing -- being treated, only occasionally, poorly. And isn't it interesting that it is almost never the patient who treats us poorly, and nearly always a visitor.

Thank you for the very good, very pertinent article! I wish that we could pass copies of it out with our admit information!

A reader

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