Why is it that the posts I think are the most anecdotal, harmless posts in the world end up causing a shitstorm?
I'm finding this whole thing quite amusing. I've even been called "Ms. Thang" by an anonymous poster.
What is MOST amusing to me about this situation is that I was actually looking at it as a learning experience FOR ME, not for him.
I looked up the dose in my drug guide because I had never heard of that dosage amount in that route for that particular ailment before and wanted to check it out for myself. My years as an editor and fact-checker taught me never to take any bit of knowledge for granted, and so I look everything up, even if I'm pretty sure I'm right. I'd rather know I'm right than be "pretty sure." (I was once embarrassed by my boss in front of a large editorial meeting because I didn't know that the word pimento can also be spelled pimiento, and I hadn't looked it up. That's when I learned to say, "Hmmmm... I'm not sure. Let me check!")
The problem was that I put my mouth in gear before engaging my brain, and my correction of the intern just slipped out. It was not so much, "You dimwit newbie, I'm a smarty every day, and you are a dumbass," as "Huh, check it out--the dose really is 30, not 60."
However, showing him up on inserting the IV? Yeah, I rocked that shit. But then again, I've gotten shown up eight zillion times with other patients. Eh, whatever. The patient needed a line, and got one. Who cares who does it?
Can't we all just get along?