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HOW MANY NURSES HAVE BEEN MISTAKEN FOR A LESSER TITLE BECAUSE OF YOUR ETHNICITY? NOT ONLY DOES IT ATTEMPT TO TAKE AWAY FROM WHO YOU ARE AT TIMES IT CAN BE DOWN RIGHT IRRITATING! I JUST WANDERED.... Read More

  1. by   kennedyj
    I did an ABG a while back and went in and told the patient I was a vehicle mechanic. Its an Army joke because we train our infantry and mechanics to do IV's and stuff. The patient asks who you are and I say Im a mechanic here learning how to do Iv's. Especially when a few other nurses have already stuck them unsuccessfully.

    I do tell them i was kidding later..
  2. by   Whisper
    I think the uniform and presentation really counts for how people judge you, I am a student and constantly have to tell patients that, as they are often more likely to let the students, who they see as 'real ' nurses in white uniforms assist them, rather than the qualified staff, who where red and white striped uniforms, and many patients think are the AN's.

    I think it would make it a lot easier if each designation had a set uniform, at least within each trust, I mean the other hospital in the trust I am in at the moment has a Blue and purple stipped uniform for the qualified staff and a red and white for the AN's.: rolleyes:

    It doesn't help!!
  3. by   funnynurse
    Good point. Uniform colors and who wears what is getting out of hand. I sometimes forget that this is not the main focus of patients.
  4. by   donmurray
    As a student nurse, many years ago, I was on duty with two other male staff, an orderly, the RN, and myself, when we discharged a grateful patient. He presented a case of beer for "the three orderlies" Guess how many ways it was split?
  5. by   Teshiee
    Hi there sorry about the caps I sometimes forget my keyboard is on cap lock. I will keep the lower case.


    And to all thank you for responses.
  6. by   Pishi
    Was my husband insulted when he was mistaken for a nurse? To be completely honest, no, he was not mad or insulted, but on the other hand he told me that a couple of times when a patient asked him to take a bedpan away or something, he wouldn't do it. Not because he felt it was demeaning, he just felt it was gross. Oh well.
  7. by   P_RN
    Well speaking of Melanin. I have the opposite one....I LACK any-hair wise! Been grey in front since I was 19. I am.......older than that now

    It's a HOOT to be in a room and have a young resident physician enter and the elderly patient say "Oh P is this your SON?"

    Grey hair and a clipboard must automatically make you a NURSE.

    Frankly when I am hospitalized I don't care who comes in as long as they do what's needed in a professional manner.

    If I'm not too ill, just leave the sheets at the door, I'll make the bed and they can concentrate on the rest.
  8. by   Teshiee
    I guess no matter what color, sex, hair color, or sexual preference people will lable you. I am glad to see that ethnic groups are not the only ones targeted. When you work in a multi diverse area as I do California everyone has their set ideas of who is what. I always make sure I carry myself in a professional matter. I state my name and title. Even people in my own ethnic group assumes and that is only because of the program thinking of minorities to see someone w/some education that looks like them. I can only say I thank my parents to judge people by their character and not their skin. I love people in general and when I am mad at someone it is the issue not their skin, beliefs or otherwise. I wont be the first and certaintly the last to be targeted with bigotry and ignorance. Just give great nursing care and compassion and for some it can really change an ignorant person.
  9. by   nurs4kids
    Teshiee,
    you're my kinda girl! I'm sure you're a wonderful nurse.
  10. by   funnynurse
    PISHI:
    Thank God your husband isn't a nurse there would be no urine output documented on the patients! (unless the aide does it !!!)
    Well with that said, are we done with this post??????
  11. by   purplemania
    I wear my badge prominently and introduce myself quickly. While reading some of the messages and observing the language and poor grammar I wondered if you talk like you write. If so, you don't sound too professional, which may account for some prejudice. I once worked for a female surgeon whose husband was a hospital admin.. She told us about the time he, his wife and other staff members (and spouses) gave a tour of the new surgery wing. He pointed out two doors marked "Doctors" and "Nurses". His wife asked would she be undressing for surgery with all the other physicians. The next day the signs read "Male" and "Female". She chose to laugh about the incident but it is noted here as an illustration of ignorance which can be construed as prejudice, if you want to make a big deal out of it.
  12. by   Jay Levan
    Teshiee, first let me appologise for the apparent rudeness of some who replied to you. I am ashamed of their lack of caring, of so sensitive a problem. I have a different problem, I am always addressed as "Doctor" by those ignorant people, probably many just as you have been exposed to. You must learn to be "thick skinned" when encountering these individuals, or your demons will consume you. I am in fact a male R.N. who has twenty eight years experience at this so if ever you feel the need to contact me, please feel free to PM me anytime. Be well and strong and take good care of your patients, let that be your motivation and reward. PEACE Jay
  13. by   Teshiee
    Thanks, Jay I am the most thick skinned person I know. Being black for 34 years of my life I don't have a choice but to be otherwise. Individuals like Purplemania don't bother me at all I am so used to those "kind". I just put a simple question out there to see if anyone gets prejudge based on color, creed, or whatever Americans tend to be discriminating about. Just because people don't see it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

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