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In addition to their main job, they also take on some of the duties of residents and specialists.

There is also an opinion that “legislation is necessary to ensure legal protection for medical assistance.”

Anxiety about medical vacancy amid widespread resignation of medical residents

Anxiety about medical vacancy amid widespread resignation of medical residents

(Daejeon = Larose.VIP) Reporter Kang Soo-hwan = The medical vacuum caused by the mass resignation of medical residents has increased the workload of nurses, and it has been found that they are being forced into illegal medical practices.

Mr. A, an experienced nurse at a university hospital in Daejeon, said in an interview with Larose.VIP on the 23rd, “The intensity of work has now increased two to three times (compared to before the resident’s resignation), and there are constant requests for full-time nurses to work in shifts. “Situation,” he explained.

Nurses are also responsible for informing patients and guardians of postponement and cancellation of surgeries, and are also suffering from complaints from some patients and guardians.

Mr. A said, “More than half of the surgical schedules are being postponed, and the nurses are the ones who are under fire from patients and their guardians who find out about this.” He added, “I know that they are under a lot of stress, especially in the outpatient department.” .

In addition to their main job, nurses also take on some of the duties of residents and specialists, and they also experience anxiety about illegal medical practices.

Mr. A also showed a cautious reaction to even talking about the medical practice of PA (Physician Assistant) nurses, which is performed implicitly in medical settings.

PA nurses, also called ‘clinical nurses’ or ‘operating room nurses’, are personnel who assist doctors in medical treatment, but since there is no basis for medical assistance under the current medical law, they secretly take on the role of some doctors on the borderline between illegality and violation of the law. I’m doing it.

Secondary hospital crowded with visitors

Secondary hospital crowded with visitors

The problem is that due to the medical gap and lack of manpower, not only PA nurses but also general nurses are experiencing a double whammy of having no choice but to engage in illegal medical practices in a ‘crying and eating mustard’ style.

It appears that the work of doctors is expanding to PA nurses and general nurses.

Mr. A said, “Departments that are not popular among residents, such as thoracic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery, are so dependent on PA nurses that their work would be paralyzed without them.” He added, “Now that there is a medical gap, 90% of the work in unpopular departments is done by PA nurses.” “They are taking charge of everything, and in departments where there are no PA nurses, general nurses are taking over that role,” he confessed.

They claim that they have no choice but to follow this medical practice even though they know it is illegal.

Mr. A said, “The patient is in front of us right now, so we can’t just leave the patient as is,” and added, “It seems that due to the medical gap, the hospital has no choice but to encourage the medical practice of nurses to some extent.”

As of 9 a.m. on this day, 154 related reports were made to the ‘Field Nurse Difficulty Reporting Center’ operated by the Korean Nurses Association.

According to reported cases, nurses were instructed to insert and remove Chemoport injections for cancer patients, and to prescribe drugs using the ID of a blood transfusion professor.

While it is estimated that there are more than 10,000 PA nurses nationwide, some are of the opinion that PA nurses should be trained so that they can be legally protected.

Tak Young-ran, president of the Nursing Association, holds an emergency press conference.

Tak Young-ran, president of the Nursing Association, holds an emergency press conference.

The Korean Nurses Association held a press conference this afternoon and emphasized the need for legislation to protect nurses from illegal medical practices.

Mr. A said, “Doing something that is considered illegal in the medical field is very burdensome for nurses, but if legal problems arise later, there is virtually no way to do anything about it.” He added, “At this point, realistically, the scope of work for PA nurses must be clearly defined. “I hope that nurses can be legally protected for their duties as medical assistants,” he emphasized.

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