Thursday, December 15, 2005

Another slap towards nurse practitioners!

December 2005 -- Mattel, the world's leading toy maker, has just released as part of its Furryville Collections (Series 2) a small doll called the "Nurse Quacktitioner." We are not making this up. The doll is a soft duck wearing a white lab coat and a white cap with a red heart on the front. Furryville dolls are evidently on sale at Target, Wal-Mart, and other major toy retailers and supermarkets, just in time for the holiday season. Selling a doll called "Nurse Quacktitioner" reflects little regard for nurses or public health. The name suggests that nurse practitioners (NPs) are "quacks," a term that has been understood at least since the 19th century to refer to untrained persons who pretend to be physicians and dispense medical treatment. It's hard to believe that it never occurred to Mattel that this doll would be taken as an attack on NPs, whose main professional stereotype has been that they are, uh, untrained persons who pretend to be physicians. In fact, Mattel--which is also responsible for Barbie--has apparently trademarked the name "Nurse Quacktitioner." This, along with the simple fact that the doll is a duck, confirms that the name was carefully considered, at least from a marketing standpoint. We urge everyone to find a lawful, environmentally conscious way to rid the world of the adorable little Nurse Quacktitioners as soon as possible.

You have got to be kidding!!!! Once again, another slap towards nurse practitioner's competencies..I'd like to trademark my foot stuffing a duck up their ass too! Click the link to read the rest of the story.....

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