Weezianna, Look in a mirror and picture prison scrubs!! A lot of the above responses are excellent . Start your paper trail today and get the hell out of that job. You might even want to speak to an attorney. How long have you been practicing?
Sorry, not interested in listening to a smart racist spend several hours spinning a collection of carefully hewn racist arguments under the guise of "understanding" your position. Propaganda got to you, that's what it does, why do I need to "engage" in it? That's like saying non-heroin addicts should try heroin so they "understand" addiction. No thanks.
I think you hit the nail on the head- patient advocates and "congressionals" ensure that opiate bullying become institutionalized, because public perception is that we are already mistreating veterans, and so now we get a focus on reducing pain, which becomes a focus on "don't take away my hydros or I will tell on you". Unfortunately, we all know that what a patient wants and what is medically safe many times are two different things, but public perception has forced us to compromise. This is present in civilian places too, but public opinion focuses more on the VA.
#1 provide care appropriate for the patient's needs/condition. Should any provider be unable or unwilling to properly care for any pt presenting , they IMHO need another profession. In a reverse vein a pt expresses skepticism about the ability of a minority PA based on that fact how should the PA react?