Geoff Peterson wrote:
Am I reading this wrong? Why wouldn't a Chief Medical Officer have authority over nurses, who are medical personnel? I'm pretty sure nurses are usually required to follow doctor's orders.
I don't know about other countries but here doctor's have no authority over nurses, Doctor's can issue directives for the therapy and they obviously prescribe medication which the nurse will inject or give to the patient, but nursing is its own profession, they work alongside doctors not for them.
I am a nurse and if a doctor tries to order me around he or she will regret that day even if it's the chief of medicine himself, because believe it or not, he's not my boss, we have our own "chain of command".
Interesting. Though, by issuing directives for the therapy and prescribing medication which the nurse will inject or give to the patient, they're telling the nurse what needs to be done. Yes? Would a nurse do these without a doctor's authorization?
Still I would think a Chief Medical Officer would be in charge of all Medical personnel, with a head nurse reporting to them. I assume people in other medicals professions like dentistry,pharmacy, optometry and psychology would also be under the authority of the CMO.
Similarly, Spock is the Chief Science Officer, but his specially seems to be physics and computers. Still everyone in the sciences, be they physicists, geologists or chemists report to him because he is the CSO.