ProudunionRN October 14, 2011 at 9:30am
I'm going to take a guess and say "smithj" is a pseudonym for someone from management trolling the page. Yes, RNs are an extension of the physician but we're at the bedside 24/7 while a doc is there 5 minutes if you're lucky. It's the nurse taking care of you.
Also, who said anything about wages? smithj's comment about $50/hr is meant to inflame and deflect from the issue, which is safe staffing. Don't be fooled by this obvious red herring.