Contacted Oprah Show About Nursing Issues - page 6

Hello everyone! Yes, after visiting this website many, many times-I decided to e-mail the Oprah show to suggest a show about the issues in the nursing profession. No, I'm not a nurse yet-I start... Read More

  1. by   NorfolkRN
    jennifer-
    i think that's a great idea. i too along with a friend wrote a letter to her after she did her "favorite things" show with an audience of all teachers. we said that while teachers also have a very difficult and demanding job, nurses face at least as much if not more stress at their jobs. If anyone deserves to get all those goodies its nurses!
    As to your apprehension about becoming an RN, yes it is tough and can be extremely stressful since its people's lives that are in our hands. Sometimes you have to make decisions the outcome of which, if the wrong one is made, could be death. However if you know that were meant to be a nurse and i think nursing is definitely a divine calling, you will be a good one and you will find it to be very satisfying. You will take care of people that you just really connect with and you will literally save their lives or at least make them better. They will look you in the eye and say "thank you for taking care of me" and then you will that all the crap that you have dealt with from doctors, your coworkers, other patients was worth for this one moment. And you will have many of those moments in your career. Best of luck to you.
  2. by   Colorado1
    Clearly, there are a lot of unhappy nurses out there. I am one of the fortunate ones and appreciate it fully. As a whole I think nurses deserve more recognition. We have a tremendous amount of responsibility and take our jobs seriously. We worked hard for our license. I think Oprah has a great forum for getting information out and it would increase the value of our profession. Television rarely presents nurses as a strong force in healthcare and fewer kids graduating high school have an interest in medicine. When I get old I sure want someone competent and compassionate to take care of me.
  3. by   Colorado1
    Well said. NorfolkRN:hatparty:
  4. by   jerseyRN
    I wrote her an impassioned letter suggesting she do a show about hospice care. I think that letter landed in her circular file also.
  5. by   bradleau
    I love my job. It is the stab you in the back patients, and familys that still cause me to "give up". You work your behind off trying to get someone some pain relief,find them a recliner, whatever...then the next day your are talked to by your supervisor because the pt said you were hateful, etc. and being anything but helpful and nice. Makes me want to throw in the towel. Thank goodness that most all appreciate what is done for them. But it appears that no one passes that info onwards. I know in my heart how good of a job that I have done. So keep the bad stuff to yourself. Remember if you can't say anything nice, do not say anything at all.
  6. by   ben123
    Quote from SICU Queen
    Well aren't you the lucky one! Not everyone has such great working conditions, and it's not always so simple to just up and change jobs. The quality of a nurse's work environment tends to be by region, I've found.

    So share with us... what's the name of the Wonderland Hospital at which you so joyously work? Maybe we'll all go apply...

    I will PM you
  7. by   first_lobster
    I, too have sent my 2 cents in to Oprah, and have several times just tried to get her to do nurses for her wishes show (you know, when she gives away a bajilion things). She really wouldnt have to give us much..., oh say those great kenmore washers and dryers with the SANITIZE cycle, maybe some comfy clothes, a foot massage, heck, id be happy with one of those hand held back massager jobbies you get at wlagreens for $2. I even know the nurses i'd nominate to be on the show. Maybe, just maybe, if we all send her a letter...
  8. by   jerseyRN
    Quote from bradleau
    I love my job. It is the stab you in the back patients, and familys that still cause me to "give up". You work your behind off trying to get someone some pain relief,find them a recliner, whatever...then the next day your are talked to by your supervisor because the pt said you were hateful, etc. and being anything but helpful and nice. Makes me want to throw in the towel. Thank goodness that most all appreciate what is done for them. But it appears that no one passes that info onwards. I know in my heart how good of a job that I have done. So keep the bad stuff to yourself. Remember if you can't say anything nice, do not say anything at all.

    I know how frustrating it is to not feel appreciated, but I have to disagree with your last line - "if you can't say anything nice, do not say anything at all." I don't think this approach benefits anybody. If families or patients or other nurses feel like something's not right, they should speak up.
    I'm sure you're a great nurse but I'm from NJ where everybody made nice and nobody spoke up ... and a serial killer nurse got away with murder for
    years and years.
  9. by   RunningWithScissors
    we'll have an influx of people going, "OMG! Nurses get paid decently! I want to be a nurse!"
    Think that's not already happening? Check out this news story from a few months ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XK1rFxDqf0

    Note the quote "I approached it as just another job opportunity".
    Last edit by RunningWithScissors on Mar 24, '07
  10. by   gentlegiver
    Ok, it took about a 1/2 hour but I wrote Oprah. Anyone have a prayer that she'll hear??
  11. by   RNforLongTime
    Quote from bradleau
    I love my job. It is the stab you in the back patients, and familys that still cause me to "give up". You work your behind off trying to get someone some pain relief,find them a recliner, whatever...then the next day your are talked to by your supervisor because the pt said you were hateful, etc. and being anything but helpful and nice. Makes me want to throw in the towel. Thank goodness that most all appreciate what is done for them. But it appears that no one passes that info onwards. I know in my heart how good of a job that I have done. So keep the bad stuff to yourself. Remember if you can't say anything nice, do not say anything at all.
    I've learned in this profession that sometimes you just can't please some patients and families. If Jesus Christ himself were their nurse for a shift, I think some would STILL find things to complain about. I had a pt last week complain to my nursing supervisor that she was upset because I didn't shut her door to her room the night she was admitted to my ICU/CCU for chest pain r/o MI!!! Can you believe that?
  12. by   Johntaasu
    Let's hope that Oprah will be interested int the first place to advocate for nurses. There are certain things the popular TV hosts may decide not to do. Talking to those who matter because of their daily contacts with the Nurses may be a good point to start - if one is not afraid to be labelled unprofessional. Lets look into the eyes of our supervisors and let them know the truth that even Nurses are human beings that have limits to how much they can take.
  13. by   Otessa
    Anyone hear anything??

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