Earlier this week, the mister and I were watching Judge Judy as we do almost every night. He likes all those court shows and I am just along for the ride most of the time. But, this time I was listening because it was a case that I thought was interesting. The girl claims she contracted some sort of infection after receiving a tattoo. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary until the girl asked if she could present her expert witness.
You see, this expert witness was a registered nurse. She was going to tell Judge Judy what cellulitis is and the symptoms and treatment of it. She shared with Judge Judy her nursing license to show that she was, indeed, a registered nurse. Judge Judy then asked her about her education, which I am still unsure why when she had a valid nursing license in front of her. The RN stated that she had her Associate’s Degree of Nursing and was working on her Bachelor’s degree.
Now, for those that are not familiar with the difference, I will tell you since I have been through the ADN program and have one class left in the BSN program. We all take the same test, called the NCLEX. An RN is an RN despite whether she has an ADN or BSN behind her name. In the past few years of taking my BSN classes, I have had ONE medically-focused class which was the same exact class I took with my ADN degree (Assessment). All the other classes have been focused on community and public health or research. A BSN is often necessary for those that want to pursue management or case management positions in nursing. I am not downplaying a BSN, but in this situation, it should be a mute point what degree this woman had. Like I said, an RN is an RN in terms of medical knowledge and our licensing test.
After the potential expert witness shared her educational background, Judge Judy did something that changed forever how I think of her and her show. She told this RN that she would not consider her an expert witness because she doesn’t have her Bachelor’s degree. Seriously?!? This woman is fully capable as an RN to explain cellulitis to anyone. She is a medically trained professional. Just because she was lacking some extra non-medical classes should not eliminate her from being an expert witness.
Well Judge Judy has lost a viewer with her prejudiced opinion. She is apparently clueless about the educational requirements and knowledge of RNs and, because of this, she has offended this RN and, no doubt, countless others. I suggest she get her facts straight next time she decides to treat a clearly-capable expert witness like a piece of trash.