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Surgical Practice Code of Conduct

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Wed, 12 Jun 2002 14:16:41 -0400

In a message dated Wed, 12 Jun 2002  1:11:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time, pbjorn@emh.org writes:

> I suppose you'd recommend the ground rules be written by the Director, and
> surely she'll be responsible for the final version; but at the moment,
> tracking down boiler plates isn't the sort of task I'd force on her.
> Dedicated, dutiful, protective Pret.  Sam Gamgee, RN.
> Begs the question: how WOULD it happen in your neck of the 
> woods?

A thought occurred to me while reading this--do your nurses have a written code of conduct?  If not, why not?  In that case I suppose nurses are not subject to poor professional ethics, interpersonal skills, chart delinquencies, etc, or are those not as important to nursing?
If there is such a written code for nurses--who wrote that?  By your reasoning, doctors should be writing those, no?
Please think about these points in all seriousness--I think you are going down a dangerous road,  Codes of conduct and behavior are quite important--but they should be equally applied to ALL health care workers who come in contact with the public and patients--to single out one part of the team to the exclusion of others makes your bias quite transparent and obvious.  I am surprised you did not get this point in Dr. Civil's question