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Nurses Can Issue Doctors' Report Cards on

Posted Nov 03 2008 9:02pm

I’ll bet there’s not a nurse out there who hasn’t chosen a doctor for him or herself, or for a family member, based on witnessing a doctor’s performance. Observing a doctor’s technique, bedside manner, attention to detail, overall knowledge—it’s the very best way to select a doctor, in my opinion. I’ve had nursing jobs in which I worked shoulder to shoulder with doctors in a variety of specialties and subspecialties. The up close and personal nature of those work situations made it a snap to decide to whom I would entrust my life and the lives of my family.

When I later moved to a new city, I was at a loss as to how to wisely choose new doctors. I asked around, of course, but I didn’t know many people at that point and, although I was given suggestions, it was hard for me to trust opinions of those not in the biz. It seemed as though I might as well open the phone book to the yellow pages listings of physicians and throw a dart. There were a couple trial-and-error situations but, for the most part, things worked out.

I wish I’d had access to back then. CareSeek is the brainchild of Gale Wilson-Steele who founded the site in 2006, utilizing her experience in health care information and communication to create a forum for sharing personal experiences. Nurses, patients and doctors can evaluate doctors online. Evaluating doctors is something we’ve done informally for a long time. Let’s now formally share what we know and contribute our two cents worth to CareSeek. We’d be doing health care consumers a big favor.

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