When New Doctors Meet Experienced Nurses

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

nurse, home health aide, home care (Getty)

July is the time for new residents fresh out medical schools to enter the world of real patients, dilemmas, and overall chaos that no simulation could have prepared them for. The influx creates what's commonly known as the "July Effect," where a drop in the quality of care and an increase in medical errors are reported. From watching an episode "Grey's Anatomy" to witnessing a nurse's struggle with physicians, it comes at no surprise that tensions between the two have always existed.

Yet with warnings about not getting sick, one could only imagine the chaos that builds as new relationships are made and molded by the hospital staff. Many times nurses are undervalued in a hospital but time after time their experience is often what patients and families remember when a loved one is in pain.

Theresa Brown, an author and oncology nurse at a teaching hospital, explains what's really going on.


Theresa Brown

Produced by:

Ashley Wandishin

Comments [4]

lori mae from New York

I'm a fan of Grey's Anatomy and what's good about it is that they show how relationships go along well between doctors, patients and co-workers . I wonder if online virtual doctor is also experiencing the same treatment with real hospital doctors.

Sep. 21 2012 03:51 PM
Michelle from Westchester

My mom was just released from NYU on Sunday -- 10 days after she went in for a routine laproscopic procedure that somehow went horribly wrong, but thankfully ended without her dying on the table. We were never told about the July effect before, but given her experience, we have to wonder now.

Jul. 17 2012 04:07 PM
Larry Fisher from bed stuy, Brooklyn

Nurses are the front line who takes care of patients needs.

Interns are people who are taking care of disease. They need to be taught that the patient is the most important aspect of what they do.

Doctors need to learn thick skin from nurses who role their eyes

Jul. 17 2012 09:17 AM
juilet from new york city

I lost a friend to open heart surgery last night in a New York hospital. I hate to think.

Jul. 17 2012 08:46 AM

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