CAN you believe this! - Bad Portrayal of nurses in my local paper - page 3

Just wanted to pass on a nasty thing published in the Edmonoton Sun this Saturday Nov 4/06. I am in an outrage as this writer obviously does not understand our work beyond simple tasks. Is this... Read More

  1. by   battpos
    Quote from Princess74
    I can not believe anyone would have the nerve to write this and shame on the paper for allowing it to be published.

    either you believe in the free press... or you don't.
  2. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from DusktilDawn
    I did, and now for your viewing pleasure:.
    LOVED IT!!!


    Quote from DusktilDawn
    Yes, this person may be the equivalent of an internet troll, however it does provide an opportunity for nurses to educate the public about what we do.
    Great job, DusktilDawn, very well written.
  3. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from battpos
    either you believe in the free press... or you don't.
    Yeah for the 1st amendment! Yes this person has the right to be heard and we have the right to reply!
  4. by   brendamyheart
    Freedom of speech. That is what the Constitution promised. Including all post replied at All Nurses and Mr. Ball.
  5. by   battpos
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    Yeah for the 1st amendment! Yes this person has the right to be heard and we have the right to reply!
    these are NOT two mutually exclusive things -- I certainly never implied that. I was merely reminding someone that the editor needs not apologize for printing someone's letter. In the marketplace of ideas, as in this thread, it is obvious that faulty ideas are quickly identified as such. That couldn't have been done without some very thoughtful replies.
  6. by   puglie
    Oh well . Some people are just ignorant. IF nursing were only that easy LOL
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from puglie
    Oh well . Some people are just ignorant. IF nursing were only that easy LOL
    Yeah, no kidding. I want to feed babies all day!
  8. by   purseOnalityRN
    so happy to see all the responses to this!

    got off night shift this morning - emptied my bladder right before leaving the hospital and welll welll -- my eyes struck wide when i saw the article posted in the nurses bathroom.:angryfire:angryfire:angryfire

    it sickened me after the hellish night shift.. makes me feel totally undervalued by the public.. i only hope that this ignorant bast**d is one in a few that actually perceives nursing in simple tasks... i know that hope only goes so far - one day i hope the public eventually appreciates nurses.

    i have forwarded a copy to the center for nursing advocacy + will be writing a letter to the editor of the paper.. i would be great if others could do the same..

    mailbag@edmsun.com



  9. by   P_RN
    All these years I have wondered where did all the Nurses go. TA Bull has
    finally discovered the reason. Absolutely perfect! Believe it or not they
    don't teach bedpan emptying in College. It would be such a benefit to the
    students not to have to cogitate long and hard about which end is up. He's
    got it!
    Now as for walking the elderly to the restroom, I will concede that. Now if
    he would just let some unlicensed person move his relative to the restroom,
    never mind that her blood pressure bottomed out and she fainted. Why we'd
    never know because we are over paid line item no bodies. It's good to know
    that all a Nurse needs to do is "manage workers." That's just peachy-keen.
    Wish I'd thought of it.
    Forget walking and baby feeding, we could just go to the corner store and
    find some vagrant to give shots and pass pills. For after all some of the
    vagrants might know their way around a needle-maybe?
    And why bother to have a professional in the operating room? We could just
    train chimps or spider monkeys to hand the tools about. The don't even wear
    scrubs so the hospital could save on linen.
    I regret that I didn't figure this out before I wasted my time learning low
    paid tasks. Why I could jsut go to Walmart and pick up on any profession
    there. Surely there is a worker who needs managing.
    My little love note to the paper.
  10. by   Tweety
    ouch!
  11. by   preemieRNkate
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    Yeah, no kidding. I want to feed babies all day!
    I DO feed babies all night (sometimes, when I'm not taking care of a kid on the oscillator, dopamine, dobutamine with bilat chest tubes). I wonder if this guy has ever had to try to feed an ex-24 weeker with a major oral aversion? Or maybe a baby with a cleft lip/cleft palate? It's not that easy...
  12. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from preemieRNkate
    I DO feed babies all night (sometimes, when I'm not taking care of a kid on the oscillator, dopamine, dobutamine with bilat chest tubes). I wonder if this guy has ever had to try to feed an ex-24 weeker with a major oral aversion? Or maybe a baby with a cleft lip/cleft palate? It's not that easy...
    No, he probably thinks the doctors take care of those babies. He thinks we feed 9lb chubby babies as we rock back and forth in the rocker all the while raking in the dough and causing the nursing shortage.
  13. by   TachyBrady
    Quote from tddowney
    It may be that the letter writer was trying to make a point quite different than how we've read it.

    Perhaps he's saying that there is a nursing shortage because nurses are being poorly utilized, spending too much of their time in low level repetitive tasks. (Look elsewhere on these boards and there's no shortage of frustration about that.)
    This was my first impression also.

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