Doctors and nurses who are patients in general medical and surgical units sometimes expect special privileges because of their professional know-how. On the other hand, some of them complain that they arc not permitted to be patients, that the staff continue to treat them as professionals. The observations of this author indicate that similar attitudes prevail when professionals—priests and sisters, doctors and nurses, nursing students—are psychiatric patients. She notes, particularly, the effect on the staff and ultimately on the treatment program.
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