Doctors are as compassionate as nurses - we just need to start owning it

There is a popular trope going around suggesting that somehow doctors lack the compassion of our nursing colleagues. We see it in the PR materials for nurse practitioners that say, 'Head of a doctor, heart of a nurse'.


Even hospital CEOs seem to love images of nurses plying their trade, leaning over patients with furrowed brows, loving hands reaching out to comfort the sick.

Mind you, my mother is a nurse. Among my earliest memories are those of her in her