A nurse walked in with a loaded syringe. “Can you lift your gown?” she asked.
The woman on the gurney held the scratchy emergency room blanket closer to her chin. “What’s in the syringe?” she asked.
The nurse frowned. “Don’t you want the medicine your doctor ordered?”
The woman took a deep breath and kept asking questions. She had more than just self-interest on the line.
She was a “secret shopper,” a consultant pretending to be a patient in order to evaluate the quality and culture of care in a hospital.
TO learn more, check out my article at The New York Times.