It really grinds my gears when someone says “this job is easy.”
Really? How is it easy?
We have medical education to maintain, we have runs to make that require varying degrees of physicality and medical skill, protocols and guidelines to memorize, not to mention all the other paperwork we have to complete and forms to sign, narcotics to count and inventory, medical supplies to order and count, and lots of other stuff that can be quite complicated just because we’re dealing with bureaucracy.
But to oversimplify it down to just a job demeans the work to something that I think of as easy. I worked at a public pool for a summer, taking money, handing out tickets, and putting soft pretzels in an oven. THAT was easy. This requires so much more finesse and education to do. When I think of easy I think they could pick any Joe off the street, plug him in my position and he would do just fine. Needless to say, that’s not quite the case. I spent thousands of hours in clinicals, classrooms, studying for exams, taking exams, and when that was done I found myself doing MORE of that just to be able to practice.
We stand in our way of achieving that professional status some times, as equals amongst healthcare providers. I think demeaning ourselves in such a way as to say “it’s easy” is one of the ways holding us back. If it were easy, then everyone one would do it.