"I don't want to do bed side nursing"...SAY WHAT! - page 8

had a couple different nursing students say: "well, i'm going to school so i don't have to do bed side nursing". one even told me she want to work in plastic surg. office, not at the bed side. ... Read More

  1. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    If you don't like sick, injured or old people------become a doctor
    And then get pages at three in the AM about someone who is sick, old, or injured.

    No, if someone doesn't like sick, injured, or old people, they'll have to become a hermit crab, because those kinds of people are everywhere.
  2. by   Doog
    Quote from Nitngale
    You know I can see your point on staff and management but the patients are ill and have more reason to be 'mean'. I don't get some of you guys. Nursing is about sick, injured, and old people. It's not modeling or acting. I think the main problem today with many people that go into nursing , especially those whom wouldn't have been interested in it years ago is the money factor. Twenty or thirty years ago, to be a nurse required a BSN, you didn't get paid sh*t and the doctors still treated you like crap. If you don't like sick, injured or old people------become a doctor
    Sounds like Martyrdom to me, hopefully nursing is now becoming a profession where people are respected for the work they do, not stepped on!
  3. by   missqueenqann
    Quote from Jessica 392
    LauraLassie, you'll love this:

    I met a gal last year that had just graduated with her BSN in nursing and was about to start looking for her first job. I told her that I was currently in the nursing program and working as a CNA. She told me she'd never even worked in healthcare before, and I think I must have commented on how that surprised me and she said, "Oh, don't worry hun - before they even let us start clinicals, we had to spend a whole day making up beds - so I know what you're talking about!"
  4. by   subee
    Quote from Doog
    I think you hit the nail squarely on the head with this post! Everyone should play to their strengths.
    And I think the nail was hit sparely because she gave bedside nursing the respect it deserves and it certainly deserves more than students with no nursing experience (aren't the young cute?) badmouthing bedside nursing. Now where would they learn an attitude like that if they didn't hear that old song from other nurses?
  5. by   mary78910
    I was just reading some of these posts, let me get something straight here in ohio, pay is only 19.17 hr to start out, my husband, a garbage man, makes more money hauling trash than i will as a nurse. Granted, i am just starting, i just graduated. But dang, thats kinda crazy. He drives a semi for 10 hours a day making 22.00 an hour and i wipe butts and make 19 lol
  6. by   raekaylvn
    I've been in schol for about 3 months now. we started our clinicals about 5 weeks ago, and we're in an SNF. Its been really interesting to see who goes the extra step to take care of the patients COMPLETELY and not leave all the work to the aides. Everyone there is so busy, the LVN's and RN's have no time to do anything but pass out meds, chart and all that good stuff. The aides really run that place. We've been pretty much CNA's since we got there, and its been a very humbling experience. I know that out in the real world, I probably wont have a chance to care for patients like I am doing now.
  7. by   miko014
    Quote from subee
    students with no nursing experience (aren't the young cute?) badmouthing bedside nursing. Now where would they learn an attitude like that if they didn't hear that old song from other nurses?
    Well, I know some people are just jerks, period, but...some of the students that I have worked with (and even went to school with) have seemed very scared. Maybe they feel that office nursing or something that's a step removed from pt care wouldn't be as scary. Just a thought, I dunno.
  8. by   mvsnurse2b
    I can understand why some people do not want to be a bedside nurse-besides the physical toll on your body, the emotional toll can be extreme. As a student I did an externship on an Oncology floor with some med/surg patients-it was extremely rewarding, I learned alot-BUT I ALSO CAME TO CARE EMOTIONALLY FOR THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE. They are all gone now...I kept in contact during the year I was in school with the nurses I had worked with and some of the families. As much as the floor wanted me on graduation-I went to the ER where I worked as technician. It is still hard to lose someone or see a family suffer. Sometimes my peers laugh at me (some mean-some just saying I haven't got it yet) when I do a full assessment(wound dressing changes)- or provide mouth care to a patient whose mouth is disgusting and can't do it themselves. I will always be a caregiver...but I agree with the post that states we should work with our strengths. I think our job is hard enough and we shouldn't pass judgement on each other-we should be a team. Be a force for good in whatever way you can, and if others try to put you down-put your head up and take the lead...others will follow. In a strange twist of fate, my daughter has decided to become a nurse-she will be starting clinicals-I love her, but have never seen her in the role of caregiver(didn't even babysit). I have not discouraged her-she is smart and funny and would make anyone's day. However, I don't ever see her as a bedside nurse!! Business nurse, public relations you bet!! So what's wrong with that-we need nurses to represent the rest of us with some business acumen. On the other hand, she has been volunteering with cancer kids and loves it! What do I know?
  9. by   jjjoy
    Quote from mary78910
    I was just reading some of these posts, let me get something straight here in ohio, pay is only 19.17 hr to start out, my husband, a garbage man, makes more money hauling trash than i will as a nurse. Granted, i am just starting, i just graduated. But dang, thats kinda crazy. He drives a semi for 10 hours a day making 22.00 an hour and i wipe butts and make 19 lol
    I see many folks in jobs that don't require much education that get paid quite well. The drawback is that if they get laid off or need to quit for any reason, they wouldn't be able to find a similar job for similar pay. I don't know if that's the case here.
  10. by   PACNWNURSING
    This is exactly why nursing on a whole is stagnant, compared to other professions, the perception being Nurse= bedpan, bed baths, wiping butts. Hollywood's perception is Gray's Anatomy, etc.. Nurses standing around looking pretty, flirting with everyone. And if everyone were honest, no one looks forward to having 10 patients and having to wipe someones ass, clean vomit, smell feces, or clean up dirty linen.... Therefore people avoid bedside nursing for those reasons and more... And that is ok... For those who can do bedside nursing I applaud them for those who can't hey you know what there is room for you in nursing... Nursing is so diverse today, not wanting to do bedside nursing does not make you any less a nurse..
  11. by   ILRN200
    Quote from miko014
    Ooh, good thread! I was just talking about this the other day with a coworker!

    There is this girl who went to hs with me. We graduated in 2000, and she is still in nursing school. She is very opinionated and thinks "icky" things are beneath her. Well, right after I found out that she was going to start nursing, I saw her at a party, and she was asking about it, seeing as how we went to the same large university and would be in the same program. I recommended that she get a job in a hospital to get her feet wet. OOOHHHH no! I believe that her exact words were "being a tech is the most demeaning job in the world and I would never do it". First of all, I was working on year #4 at the hospital when she said that, so it didn't go over troo well with me. But my response was "HEL-LO! Nursing assistant?? They help NURSES! Who do you think is on the other side of that bed??" So she basically went on to say that direct pt care is for the birds. She continued to say that she was going to be a NICU nurse. Her reason? "Babies haven't sinned yet." Okay, so she's clearly not Catholic. I said, "Babies might not have done anything bad, but what about the fifteen year old parents?" Oh I should mention, that while I am a religious person, I don't think that anybody is going to go to H*** if they dont' go to church every Sunday. This girl told me in hs that I am going to H*** because I don't go THREE TIMES A WEEK like she does. So religion is very important to her, and she doesn't get along too well with people who don't believe the same things that she does. See a problem yet? Anyway I tried to explain to her that not all preemies are born to loving married couples. She told me that the baby is the patient, not the family. So yeah, she just doesn't get it. Now she is taking some time off because the stress of one class at a time is just too much. She is a hostess at a restaurant in the meantime. I'm sorry, I know that classes can be very difficult, and sometimes you have to back down and go a little slower, or maybe repeat one that you had a little trouble with, and there is nothing wrong with that. But she has been taking one class at a time since 2000 and she's still not there yet. If she can't handle that, how in the world is she going to handle being an RN?

    As for the plastic surgery thing, fine, do what you want to do, but you are going to be much more beneficial if you get some experience first. If you wanna do plastic surgery, then go work on a surgical floor for awhile. Sad thing about that is, though, that some offices, and I'm not saying all, but some will take RNs based on their appearance. I know because it happened to a friend of mine. She was offered a job by a surgeon just because she was a hot young RN. She didn't take the job, but it does happen.

    I don't think enough people start int he proverbial mail room and work their way up anymore. There's a lot to be learned from school, but there is SO MUCH to be said for experience!!!!! As a patient, I would want an RN who had been around for awhile. And a year goes by so quickly, I doubt it's going to ruin anyone's life to get a year under their belt before they jump into a specialty.
    It sounds like this girl is not going to make it. I had my Son when I was just 15 years old and I am providing a loving family for him. That is part of the reason why I wanted to become a RN. Although I have to agree some teen moms dont do the best job at raising their children.
  12. by   miko014
    I'm not knocking anybody - since when is it my right to judge? It sounds like you're very responsible and doing a wonderful thing - for yourself and for your son. Way to go! I wish more people were like that. Unfortunately, this girl is doing very well in the classroom - but terrible at clinicals. They did ask her to repeat one class because she was doing awful in the clinical setting, and guess what it was...mother/infant! So yeah, I just hope she realizes before it's too late that maybe she has chosen nursing for the wrong reasons.
  13. by   Happy2Beme
    Quote from caroladybelle
    . It is one thing to cry when you are sick, it is clearly abusive when you have a rational patient biting/kicking/insulting those trying to help them or flashing the nursing staff.
    Sorry, don't mean to be rude, but I've been a nurse for 25 years and I've NEVER seen anybody RATIONAL do these things.
    IMO, that's pretty much much like an oxymoron.
    If people DO irrational things, how can you call them "rational"?

    I have seen many, many new nurses have these kinds of ideas; seeming to think they want to be paper pushers only.

    It's actually so prevalent that I was wondering if it had something to do with the way they are being educated.
    I worked with a group of RN students last month that many had not even put in a Foley, or had an opportunity to even attempt and IV start.

    Sad, what?

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