Health Profession & Wacko's - page 2

Anybody else noticed how many "wacko's" seemed to be attracted to this line of work? I have some theories about this phenomena.... Read More

  1. by   RNOTODAY
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I strongly dislike the title of the thread, specifically the term, "wacko".

    Why? Are you a "wacko" ? Then why dislike, or take offense?
  2. by   RNOTODAY
    In defense to the OP, I dont think (correct me if I am wrong) that she actually meant people with dignosed mental ilnesses. I took it to believe, she meant people who are a litte "off" , personality wise , manner wise, etc.... I use that term, and I dont intend to mean actual people who are mentally ill. Matter of fact, I am on antidepressants and anxiolytics, and in no way do I consider myself a "whacko"!!!!!
    (wondering why this forum is so sensitive on so many miniscule issues?)
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Nope not a so called "wacko", well at least, IMO. But in another's I may be a raging "wacko". I however, would not appreciate myself or loved one being referred as such, would you? What may be miniscule to you, may be a huge problem for the next person. It's all about point of view, especially if you know of or have loved ones who happen to be mentally-ill.

    Also, if you would judge other nurses as "wacko" for choosing nursing, how can you depend on them as team members in delivery of care? I think we all have our "problems" and co-dependency (one of the most-noticed) is very common among health care givers, not just nurses. But that makes them "wacko", exactly how?

    Anyhow, It's not about how I feel really. It's about professionalism. IF we would apply this term to our collegues, how would we view our patients? I think while derogatory terms are not necessary, they are divisive and obstructive, getting in the way of the relative objectivity we as professionals need to provide the care our populations depend on us to deliver.

    Yes, I am sensitive to the subject, I know.....
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 27, '06
  4. by   bmoore1973
    i don't know about "wacko" because it takes a special person to be a nurse! i think this profession can sometimes make a person crazy becaue of all that is expected of us and all that we do! if that is what you mean by "wacko"!!!
  5. by   redshiloh
    We had a psychologist on staff that said she could write a book about the staff. She told us we had staff with borderline personality disorder, early dementia and a variety of enabling personalities.
    Today, my personal self diagnosis is wacko, because I was actually considering becoming nurse manager.
  6. by   lannisz
    I was wondering if perhaps this profession is so stressful that you enter it pretty much intact but then after so many years it makes you that way
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from RNOTODAY
    In defense to the OP, I dont think (correct me if I am wrong) that she actually meant people with dignosed mental ilnesses. I took it to believe, she meant people who are a litte "off" , personality wise , manner wise, etc.... I use that term, and I dont intend to mean actual people who are mentally ill. Matter of fact, I am on antidepressants and anxiolytics, and in no way do I consider myself a "whacko"!!!!!
    (wondering why this forum is so sensitive on so many miniscule issues?)
    You could be right and I'm willing to give the original poster the benefit of the doubt. He's a male btw, and has started a couple of threads that could go badly and I'm suspicious.

    The issue might be miniscule to you but we have to allow others to have their feelings, even if we feel they are blowing it out of proportion or don't feel the way we do.

    Even when I posted my objection to the term "wacko", I thought to myself "gee, I'm not usually this pc, and someone is going to accuse me of being too pc."

    Finally I don't think the forum is that sensitive one way or the other. The opinions run the gamut from the overly sensitive to the unconcerned on most forums, and I think it's balanced if you look at the big picture. In some threads it's only a few senstive people and the 90% of the people are "it's only a joke............", "it's only a TV show...........", "there are more important things in life to get upset about". If I were sensitive I would think just the oppositive of you and see "why are people on this board so..........". Anyway, thanks for voicing your opinion and give me food for thought.
  8. by   bethin
    Wacko to give up my holidays to work while everyone else is off? Wacko to work 12 hour plus shifts? Wacko to give up my weekends and see people at their worse? And do all this for less than $10 an hour???

    Yeah, then I guess I'm 'wacko'.
  9. by   Jules A
    Quote from bethin
    Wacko to give up my holidays to work while everyone else is off? Wacko to work 12 hour plus shifts? Wacko to give up my weekends and see people at their worse? And do all this for less than $10 an hour???Yeah, then I guess I'm 'wacko'.
    A bit of a hijack but darn I can't believe what they pay (or rather don't pay) CNAs especially for the amount of work you do. Thank you bethin for doing what you.
  10. by   blueyesue
    I think it is a broad brush to paint with. I am sure there are plenty of quirky personalities in the nursing profession. Isn't that what makes work a little more interesting anyway? Maybe what you view as "wacko" are people who have more energy, are more eccentric, are more vivacious than you are used to. I'll take a little eccentric and a little quirky over the same old same old any day.
  11. by   nursesaideBen
    I have to agree with Tweety on this, I think you have to be a little "out there" in order to get through NS and survive out on the job! For me personally, my friends all think I am crazier than looney toon for going into nursing all they ever say is "Eww... that means you have to clean up poop you're nasty!" Oh well, even if they think I'm a nasty and crazy:lol_hitti person, I wouldn't trade what I do for all the money in the world:smilecoffeecup:
  12. by   Zizka
    Quote from Tweety
    You could be right and I'm willing to give the original poster the benefit of the doubt. He's a male btw, and has started a couple of threads that could go badly and I'm suspicious.
    Well thats very kind of you Mr Tweety.
  13. by   Antikigirl
    Oh I definately relate more to the wacko! LOL!

    I really do think it takes all types to handle the stress of dealing with people in general! To be well rounded and able to handle different types of people, especially given that they are not typically at their best...takes all types of techniques and personalities to achieve the potential!

    Heck, some of the best medics I know are in the wacko territory! Their sense of humor is great but slightly morbid, the odd nature of the job at times doesn't phase them one bit, and well...they can really talk down the psych cases/druggies pretty well if you don't act all 'medic' on them and seem more like someone they can relate to...LOL!!!!!! And sometimes they can really see outside the box and come up with solutions that really work better or illnesses missed!

    Now I am just talking about the definition of wacko I know, which is left of center not necessarily "certifiable crazy"! LOL!

    People think I am a wacko because I am always smiling at work, use humor, don't get ruffled to easily by odd things, calm in emergencies, and have that slightly morbid sense of humor (I was trained by fire and paramedics..so..LOL!). I love it! You just have to watch out for pts that don't appreciate that...then you have to change gears, but I am good at that too! LOL!

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