A Spoonful of Sugar - page 2

by jadelpn Guide

This is an interesting debate. One that can have multiple pros and cons. In essence, can one be a nurse and view it as just another day, a job, a paycheck, a means to an alternate end? Can we care for patients without really... Read More


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    I've resolved to the fact that the practice of competence and respect can equate to empathy and caring to the population and this business.

    I've decided to state my job is to be a "healing manager"; that is, we give our patients the ability to manage their health; we are able to provide the hands on experience, and we pass the information along; we educate and counsel to get to the root cause, especially for the chronics; each visit can e approached like a 12-step program; working to "heal", meaning, getting to a point where "healthy" can be meeting a patient where they are and going from there each step.

    It is not easy, but can be very creative...one has to like whether remotely or piqued in interest of critical thinking, detective work, philosophy and or life planning to interact and manage people in their vulnerable, sometimes flaming, car crash type of life that could potentially appear at any shift-sometimes they do get better, and sometimes they don't, but that comes with the territory, and I respect that part of the business as much as I respect my patients and above all, my practice; everything else goes from there.
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    Yeah, competence and civility trump caring and empathy every day of the week.

    Still, I care about my patients' pain level, comfort and dignity beyond simply my professional obligation to do so. I don't get emotional about it nor am I demonstrative, but I agree with the poster who said not caring at all is called being a sociopath.
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    In my opinion nursing is the hardest job there is. It requires knowledge,skill, patience,and always having to deal with the unexpected. How you choose to do your job depends on how you perceive the job Everyone is different in that respect.

    That nursing is the most respected profession goes to the public perception of what nurses are asked to do mentally and physically every day. Patients often have to share their most intimate secrets and have you witness them while in pain,fear,and disability.

    Let us not forget we are there to serve, but not be servants either to patients,families or physicians.
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    Quote from chacomom
    Let us not forget we are there to serve, but not be servants either to patients,families or physicians.

    THIS needs to be a reminder for ALL NURSES, as well as newbies and students.
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    In my opinion nursing is one of the hardest and lowest appreciated job in the world. But we care our beloved patients like a family member and at the end we get happiness that we have done something for somebody in need. this is the only happiness we usually get
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    Quote from ShazyShaxy
    In my opinion nursing is one of the hardest and lowest appreciated job in the world. But we care our beloved patients like a family member and at the end we get happiness that we have done something for somebody in need. this is the only happiness we usually get
    I respectfully disagree about it being lowest appreciated; In the years that go by, I find more people appreciate the work that I do; most of their attitude and frustration is born out of external and/or internal factoring of loss of control, and other issues; most of it is about the individual or familial dynamic; it just happens they direct it to the person at the bedside the most-nurses.
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    I have worked with many professionals and the ones that did the job best are the ones that cred about their patients. How to do a good nursing job is beyond my understanding because it is the caring that helps to decide who to work with first to be able to give the best care. Prioritization can be done from report but when you see and talk to your patients the order changes based on the patient's needs. The nurses that work like automatons get the job done usually faster then me by the patients usually do not pike the care and the little things get missed because caring brings out information and observations that spending time with the patient provides.
    A spoonful of sugar really does make the medicine go down, in the most delightful way.
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    I could not be a nurse if I didn't care about my patients. My heart is in it, and that is what keeps me going. I'm a proud RN.
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    I thinks it should also be clarified the difference between "caring for someone" and "caring about someone"
    Caring for someone as care (noun)
    "the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something"
    I think most if not all of nursing is about this.

    Caring about someone
    as in care (verb) "
    feel concern or interest; attach importance to something." You can choose to do this as well as a nurse but it is not necessary to be a good nurse. In fact I would warn nurses to be careful of placing attachments on your patients as this could lead to Compassion Fatigue.

    If this were the case,how would you be able to take care of the convict? Someone you morally object to or lifestyle choices. You can care for someone with kindness without having to care about them.
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    You care deeply about your patients while you are at work, but when the whistle blows you leave everything at work. I have my work life as a nurse, which I am totally committed to, and I have my totally seperate personal life. And I don't mix the two.


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