Authentic Nursing

In this 1977 photo provided by Albany Medical Center, nurse Susan Berger cuddles infant Amanda Scarpinati, who had been severely burned by a steam vaporizer at home, in the pediatric unit at Albany Medical Center in Albany N.Y. Scarpinati kept the hospitalís annual report that published the photo and was comforted by the picture when she was bullied for her burn scars as a child. She recently used social media to learn Bergerís identity so she could thank her for her loving care. Albany Medical Center has arranged for the two women to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Carl Howard/Albany Medical Center via AP)

There was a recent Facebook viral post that I had to just comment on.  It was a testament to caring. Today’s nurses WANT to do the same thing so this is no knock on them.  They want the time that this nurse had. Berger was 21 and just out of college when she worked in the pediatric recovery room at the medical center. The baby was a burn victim.  The story is beautiful.  Today’s nurses have too much bureaucratic drag to get through before they can do what they went to school for. In many ways, their profession parallels ours as doctors.  Now these nurses have to check boxes, run after alarms and are spread too thin to find themselves in a position of nurse Berger.  I bet almost every nurse who saw this was a little jealous.  And whose fault is it?  I know you know who I think?  Isn’t it time we take back healthcare so nurses and doctors could have more time with their patients?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Authentic Nursing

  1. politovski
    October 12, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    awesome. imagine what the world would look like if all doctors and nurses were allowed to do what they do, unencumbered by all the shackles of modern medicine. i dearly hope that is something that will be realized.

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