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.