How many of you are perfect? - page 3

I've just found this site and have found it a great resource for moral support and information. But in reading down through the posts I have noticed something, so I was just wanting to throw this... Read More

  1. by   RN-BamaStudent
    I'm just a student, but have NEVER gotten the impression, from reading the posts here, that the nurses portray even a hint of being perfect. They do try their best to answer any questions posted, and when one can't answer a question, another may be able to share their experience with us. If you stick around, you'll see this.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    welcome to the boards, lori.

    you got a great varity of answers here that represent how we feel (even the silly ones). we are human like anyone else, have our faults and sometimes some of us put our feet in our mouths, both IRL and here. we are just like anyone else, but often held to much higher standards due to our chosen profession. glad to have you on board.
  3. by   Tweety
    Quote from orrnlori
    I was in mid-level banking for many years. Maybe I just worked with a bunch of good folks. I just never saw the distaste, for lack of a better word, that some people have for others as I have in nursing. I thought when I got out of nursing school that would go away. But then I ran into "specialty" nurses who very very much talked down to the floor nurses at every opportunity, maybe in was subconscious in nature, but it didn't feel that way at the time, seemed very deliberate.

    I guess I see us as a fellowship because we do so much with so little many times. Management support is lacking, supplies sometimes hard to get, staff shortages, etc. and we are dealing with lives. Seems we should have what we need to get the job done and take care of the patients. I never understood how demanding the profession would be until I was doing it, physically and mentally. My husband is an industrial equipment mechanic and makes more working on factory equipment than I make assisting in surgery working on people. Seems weird to me.

    I think of nurses like siblings. We fight among ourselves but ban together against one outside factor or another. But my theory is that when we treat each other badly, talk to each other with disdain, then we only weaken the chain that surrounds us and holds us together, and we make ourselves look bad and very unprofessional. I'm not a Pollyanna, I realize there are some not so great nurses out there as well.

    Anyway, just some of my thoughts. Thanks for the welcome.

    Ah, then we're kind of like Sisters/Brothers in Arms, out there in the battlefield called Nursing. I guess I can relate to that. And yes, it does make you wonder with all we have stacked against us, all that stress, why is it that we pick on one another, when we should be lifting each other up.

    Consider yourself lucky you haven't seen it in other professions, because I definately have. But I agree, you would think nursing would be a bit different.

    So what you're saying makes sense.

    Cheers.
  4. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from orrnlori
    ... how many of you are perfect nurses?
    What the heck is that???
  5. by   Shamrock
    I am, I am. Bwwwwaaaaahhhaaaa. Heck, I just killed someone on the virtual surgery site!..
  6. by   1OldDinosaurRN
    yes, i am perfect.
    my 18 month old granddaughter says so!! so there!! it must be true!!
    haaahaaa (rotfl) boy, don't i wish.
    never for one moment think you are getting anywhere near it---something or someone is always there to humble you.
  7. by   1OldDinosaurRN
    shamrock--i tried that out too and killed my person over, and over, and over. guess i'll just have to wait until next week to finish up the bypass after i practice a few more times. :chuckle
  8. by   CCU NRS
    Quote from Shamrock
    I am, I am. Bwwwwaaaaahhhaaaa. Heck, I just killed someone on the virtual surgery site!..
    can you drop the link here
  9. by   live4today
    No perfect person inside of me, either.

    Moondancer.............I love this quote of yours!

    Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
  10. by   ktwlpn
    Quote from orrnlori
    3rdshiftguy hit it on the head. I threw out the question because after finding this site I've been reading back over several months worth of posts. In some of those posts (not many) there's that "I can't believe you'd do that" and "there's no excuse for that" posts from someone every once in a while. I'm not perfect either, never could be. Best thing to strive for is excellence, not perfection. Having had another life in the business world before becoming a nurse, I still will never quite understand the logic of attacking or belittling one of your own, I never saw it done until I became a nurse.
    Some mistakes in medicine are unbelievable examples of someone's incompetency...sometimes there IS NO EXCUSE.....I find it difficult to believe that the business world is really any different-from what I know about it it can be quite cut throat...I am not perfect.I have made my share of mistakes which thankfully never resulted in a negative outcome for my patients...
  11. by   Shannon Grey
    :chuckle There is only the perfect surgeon, doctor, or radiologist, and of course the pharmacist who never ever messes up, as for me after 30 years i am still learning, after thirty years still asking questions, after thirty years still caring and after thirty years still forgetting things but my patients love me and it is a joy to see them go home in better health than they came in with how ever i would venture to vote for the new graduate as the perfect nurse, they are rather overconfident and under paid according to them and only require minimal assistance ( in actuality it is more like a major assist and the patience of Job for the older nurse but eventually the truth comes to light and all realize there is no perfection, that is why it is called nursing practice. Keep the faith; Shannon
    Quote from orrnlori
    I've just found this site and have found it a great resource for moral support and information. But in reading down through the posts I have noticed something, so I was just wanting to throw this out, how many of you are perfect nurses?
  12. by   gypsyatheart
    Quote from cheerfuldoer
    No perfect person inside of me, either.

    Moondancer.............I love this quote of yours!

    Watch your thoughts; they become words.
    Watch your words; they become actions.
    Watch your actions; they become habits.
    Watch your habits; they become character.
    Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
    Thank you! I have had this posted on my fridge for a few yrs now, and I try to live by this...sometimes it's hard! I thought, seeing how I'm spending so much time here anymore, that it'd be another good place to have it to remind me!

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