I love that you discuss that TV can have a negative impact on our profession. I also believe that internet searches have devleoped into “everyone is a nurse” mentality. Yes, the public can research just the same as we do, but I believe that it takes the experience and knowledge that nurses have to truly understand and convey the right message or information.
I am a firm believer in patient education. MD’s too often stop in to talk to a patient (who is already stressed) leave in 5 minutes like you said. It is up to us to make sense of the situation for the patient. I too explain the details of what I am doing almost to the point it sounds like I talk to myself, all the time. But I am hoping my patient and their family/friends will abosrb the information and use it.