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- Sep 28, '11 by withasmilelpnI think people would be surprised what a LTC nurse deals with. It was much easier when I started -15 years ago - (gasp). Hospitals can't keep patients as long as they used to - but they still need nursing care and in they come with their IVs and their wound vacs and multiple dx and needs. The requirements for charting and care get increased it seems every year. With 20 plus patients to boot. And Viva is completely right, (I really feel for AL nurses and CNAs!!!) assisted living is much closer to what I was used to starting out years ago in LTC - along with a good mix of 'independent living' sorts as well. Jeesh - we do EKGs now. One place I worked had a machine for ultrasounds and a PT INR that the LTC nurses did. Crazy. But their you go. (And they wonder why we can't get out on time... Lol)
- There seems to be a "pecking order" in most group identities and even in families. We never seem to value the person for whatever contribution they make. Think about MD's. Wouldn't it be a pain in the butt to know you were a family doctor with an MD and have the cardiac surgeon be so glorified and so well paid, as you struggle to even keep your office open. Then we have attending physicians, residents, interns, and lowly med students. Couldn't they all be valued for their contribution? But are they? We also have attorney's who begin as lowly law students and law clerks, potentially climbing the ladder to partner. If you are a partner, you are the boss and seem to look down on all other lowly lawyers. We have judges who often look down on anyone other than judges. Think about your family. In my family, for example, we have a physician, nurses, and a nurse/attorney. Guess who is the top in our pecking order.
I have been an volunteer, an aide, an LPN and an RN for forty years. I was also a head nurse and supervisor. I tried to include all for their contribution and thank people often. Respect and recognition for the divinity in all of us is where we, as a human race, need to be. We are not there yet, may never be, and some don't want to be. By the way, aren't all these things a form of "bullying?"
- True, somewhat. By licence, there is a different scope of practice for various nurses. I would also argue that floating a nurse from one are of specialty to another is not always wise. Nurses have certain transferable skills that can be used anywhere. I get that. But not all skill sets and knowledge bases are the same. Thanks to all nurses for what they do every day.
- Sep 28, '11 by shellfrmmoI agree with all of you. I started out as a CNA in 1992 (fresh out of high school). Worked Med/Surg, GeroPsych, Home Health, Float Pool, Onc/Neph, HIV Unit. Then as an LPN in 1996. Worked Med/Surg, Home Health where I was promoted to Clinical Support Coordinator. Then into the doctor's office. Where I worked family practice, then Occupational Health, Then for an interventional cardiologist. It was with the cardiologist that I noticed the big difference. You are right. Everyone treats all cardiology staff like the best greatest thing! I remember an RN coming to work in our office for one of the docs. She said she had finally reached the upper eschelon. We all just laughed. I remembered just how odd that was. When it came down to it - we were just doing what everyone else did- just focusing on a specific body part. I loved all of the jobs I have had and have learned so much from all of them.
I am now an new RN (2009) and I have worked doing med/surg and then community health- a position that went into the community and did various health screening clinics and CPR classes for the public and factories. Now I am a school nurse. It was basically for the hours. I love school nursing and I am still amazed every day about how much nursing skill and critical thinking is used in this job!!! Also- we are left on our own with no back up. We have to make the decisions on our own. ITs almost like a community clinic. I love it. I love the staff and the students.
Nursing is so diverse and so exciting. I think it is so wonderful that we are given so many opportunities and choices. I think its just like how God says that we are all one. Some may be the foot or the hand or the heart.... but we are all one. That works for Nursing as well. Without each specific job- the public is left short changed. The patient is left without complete care. We are all essential and needed and equal. I think we should be lifting each others strengths up instead of tearing each other down. I am sure none of us wants to start talking about weakness' because we all have them. Sometimes we are called to one area of the profession and not another. Its just as simple as that. We are all awesome and shouldn't let anyone tell us any different!!
- Sep 28, '11 by AlmightyIsisJust wanted to say we are all on the same team here. I understand why titles get all puffy in the chest, because they worked hard for their degrees/license. That said, I have known CNAs that were better at nursing than some RNs when it came to assessment and advocacy. I have seen nurses save doctors' rear ends in many cases. The difference between these caregivers would have been lack of degree/license, not intelligence or skill. I have tried for years to enter the RN programs in my area and have been told that they only have 50 seats available and hundreds of applicants. So I applied to an LPN program that had over 900 applicants and 40 seats. I was accepted, graduated and licensed. Other caregivers may have their own reasons for not acquiring degrees and licenses. Nursing is in the individual and we are just human beings taking care of human beings. Why can't we cross those barriers to band together and deliver the best care possible? As medical professionals, we care for people in every stage of their lives from birth to death and it is all honorable and all great. Who could say which role is more important? Not I.Last edit by AlmightyIsis on Sep 28, '11 : Reason: spelling
- Sep 28, '11 by RNandmommyto2This post made me chuckle. I have been a psych nurse for the past 12 years, low on the nursiness scale. And to make matters worse I am now back in school for healthcare IT and hopefully eventually informatics. WOW..way off of the nursiness scale. I don't give a hoot, I earned my credentials and I did/am doing what I enjoy. Who gives a hoot what other more "nursey" nurses, or the general public for that matter, think?! I do not. I used to love psych. And when I didn't anymore, I chose to go back to school for something else I love. What could be better than doing what you enjoy, despite others' opinions? I have respect for all of us here that have earned our credentials, wherever you work.
- I want all of you to know that we are equal as people. Only mentioning licensing and licensing restrictions because they are a fact. We all have gifts. I often see that we don't recognize don't respect each other and we don't act as if we all have gifts. Correct that titles and education may not make you a better nurse. I know lots of nurses way up in the hierarchy that act as if their **** don't stink. I have also seen equally credentialed way up in the hierarchy nurses who are wonderful and remember that it's not about us. It is about the patient.
I also believe we are treated the way we allow others to treat us. Have respect for yourself, show your professionalism and you will be treated better. It may take a while but it will happen. As a nurse I acted professional never allowed people to disrespect me as a person.
I also see nurses looking like slobs. I know the wrapping doesn't make the package, but when I see nurses in dirty scrubs going into work, dirty and stringy hair falling onto patients, long finger nails, bracelets, multiple rings, dirty shoes, etc., I have to wonder if we as nurses have brought some of the disrespect upon ourselves by not looking as professionals. Also we need the patient knows we are nurses. If you are the one caring for a patient, or family, or anyone, let them know what your role will be.
Enough already, I have been an RN for 40 years this year and maybe I have many old ideas. So be it.
Thanks for reading this long post.Last edit by rn/writer on Sep 28, '11 : Reason: Changed mixed word to ***.
- Sep 28, '11 by hermine_magnoraBravo to this article….LPN, RN, NP, when it all said and done, we are all nurses.
We have the freedom to practice in any area of nursing, whether it is at the bedside, clinics, home care etc., and there should be no discrimination, or any reason to devalue our peers.
- Sep 29, '11 by imsouthyLast edit by rn/writer on Sep 29, '11 : Reason: Disallowed link removed.