Oncology Nurse Criticizes Doctor in NY Times Op-Ed

May 10, 2011

The Atlantic

As reported in The Atlantic, when a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center patient’s test results came in late, the patient jokingly asked their physician and nurse who to blame for the delay. The physician suggested the patient blame the nurse. In response, the oncology nurse wrote a New York Times op-ed explaining the lack of respect. Although Brown received permission from the physician to use the quote in an article, some question whether she should have penned the op-ed. "Retribution against workplace colleagues as a result of anger when it is easy to retrospectively identify who is who in a health care setting can adversely impact patient care," said Arthur Caplan, PhD, director of the Center for Bioethics. "If you want to improve the culture then narratives have to be drawn carefully to protect personal and institutional anonymity." Read More