After a June 2020 piece in the Baltimore Sun marvels at medical students providing holistic care to Covid patients, a local nurse explains that this extraordinary care innovation has actually been at the core of nursing practice forever.
June 30, 2020 – – Today The Baltimore Sun published nurse Maureen Fitzpatrick’s letter in response to a recent news article on the efforts of two Johns Hopkins medical students to improve the care environment of Covid patients through things like music and better connectivity to families. Fitzpatrick was happy to see such efforts, but she also pointed out that nurses have been providing such holistic care as part of their regular practice model for many decades. And, she explained, this might be more commonly understood if nurses received the kind of attention that physicians do. In particular, hospitals tend to offer, and the media tends to use, only physicians for expert commentary. We thank the Sun for publishing the letter, although even the way the paper framed it raised the same issues. The editors gave the letter the strong headline quoted above. But in between the headline and the letter, they placed an enormous photo – not of nurses, but one of the Hopkins medical students, lest anyone forget what really mattered. We thank Fitzpatrick for her strong advocacy and urge the Sun to do more to highlight the specific actions of direct care nurses in caring for patients.
See Maureen Fitzpatrick’s letter to the editor “Looking for empathy in medicine? Start with nurses,” published June 30, 2020 in the Baltimore Sun.
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