I need 25 people to answer the following question.... - page 4
I thought I had posted this already but it did not show up so my apologies if this posts twice =/ For a project in my nursing class we need the response of 25 people to the following question: If you were to start your... Read More
- 8Jul 22, '11 by rn/writer GuideQuote from Shirley ShinThat seems like a bit of an overreaction.Anyone who says B should quit now. People's lives are at stake.
Should everyone who has ever had second thoughts about their job or career just up and quit? Some people love nursing, but they don't love the politics or bad management or companies that want to nickel and dime their staff members to death.
Some nurses who are burned out on the peripheral issues still love their patients and do an excellent job taking care of them. People's lives are just fine in their hands.
- 0Jul 27, '11 by Rob72Quote from megan_EMTI didn't respond to the original question, but I'll offer my thoughts.Would some of you who said no/unsure be willing to share your reasoning? I'm looking to go into nursing and would appreciate hearing from people who don't necessarily love their job.
I started in healthcare in 1991 as a Phlebotomist while I was in the EMT program at Wichita State. In one way or another I've worked in nursing service for 20 years.
Politicization- nursing services are either subservient or socially agressive, with few departments having a well defined professional standing. I.e., we are there to ensure that JCAHO doesn't close the facility by ensuring patient complaints are minimized or mitigated, or to bear responsibility for inadequate and incompetent institional policy direction. At the other extreme, we have some who would mandate health and safety for the public via legislation.
Litigation prevention- following what I mentioned above, nursing is largely becoming a legal buffer between physcians, institutions and malpractice. Check-box assessments, inadequate staffing, and HIPPA place the majority of institutional liability on the lowest tier of credentialled personnel- the RNs. Magnet (Magnate) Status, and BSN-preference is another measure of this. I.e., ""WE" told you they were highly trained, they knew better than to do X!"
Having said that, there is a good bit of room to make the field what you want it to be. If you are self-assessing and self-educating, and if you go at least BSN (and are a bit politically savvy) ist is not uncommon to be able to create your own job description/program, or to head up an established program at a facility that has not implemented said program yet. I.e., epilepsy/stroke/diabetes/STD/whatever case manager. If you identify an underserved, comparatively large, demographic, and if you research ways for the facility to be reimbursed for taking on the population, you just became a Program Director.
I wouldn't "not-not" do it, but go into the field with your eyes open. Good luck, Megan, BTDT!