Is this the publics perception of nurses? - page 2

i am a charge RN in a cvicu. yesterday i took care of a man that was pod1 5 vessel cabg on a balloon pump and multiple drips. i had post op'd the pt the previous day so i had developed a repor with... Read More

  1. by   Pretzlgl
    And I agree with you austin - this thread didn't start that way, but it sure turned that way FAST. I certainly understood the nature of your post, but practically every poster that followed alluded to diploma/ADN/BSN. And I responded. Perhaps a good solution to our woes would be unity. And not so much divisiveness or I'm better than you are crap. And then maybe we would be respected.
  2. by   Flo1216
    I think the reason we aren't respected isn't so much to do with the different entry levels but with the stupid sex role stereotypes that the nursing profession can't seem to get rid of!
  3. by   Pretzlgl
    One more thing - my original post was going to be BLAH, BLAH, BLAH.....because I have heard this debate before. Too much. It has been beaten to death.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Hmmph....funny how it ALWAYS comes to an AD versus BSN versus DIPLOMA issue when the words "respect" and "nursing" are used in the same sentence. Funny how all the same people keep saying it over and over as if.........

    I agree w/posters that say it takes *more* than this an I have said so in the past and will continue to say it as long as I see it to be true. S'all I will say on this one.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Dec 26, '02
  5. by   Pretzlgl
    Originally posted by Flo1216
    I think the reason we aren't respected isn't so much to do with the different entry levels but with the stupid sex role stereotypes that the nursing profession can't seem to get rid of!
    I agree with you totally...
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yep Flo that would touch on it......it's a start....(opps I LIED in my above post, din't I??)
  7. by   Flo1216
    SBE-I don't get what you mean! Hey, I tried to use the sex role stereotype thing as an excuse to get rid of my school's caps but it didn't fly. I had 3 residents last week tell me I looked cute in my cap. I want to look professional, not cute. Also, not that I would rather be ugly but when I go into a pt's room and the pt's family remarks. " Oh, you have a pretty, young girl today," it bothers me.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I meant, I agreed with YOU....its not the educational level that keeps us from earning respect......it is a much more complicated issue than that...and sex stereotyping is a BIG part of it!
  9. by   Flo1216
    Oh, Ok. As long as you agree with me:>D
  10. by   renerian
    It is true. Sad but true.

    renerian
  11. by   TEXASWAG
    Austin Heart,
    This has probably been said before, but part of the problem is the darn media. I was watching an old NYPD Blue episode where it covered that one detective dying, played by Jimmy Smits. He goes into a seizure, the doctors gives an order for Dilantin. A woman is at the door, nods her head and runs off to get the medicine.

    Another scene a nurse hands "Dianne" water to give to Jimmy Smits. In both scenes these "nurses" do not speak, they just do things. It mostly showed the interaction of "Dianne" and the docs. I don't have a problem with that, but many times the family looks to us for answers too. We also spend a lot of time with patients and family members. You just don't see this interaction on television......seems like. Made me mad just watching the darn rerun. The public really does have a warped view of the job we do.

    Yes, we give baths, turn and feed, but you know what.......if we didn't there would be more pressure sores, debilitation, and patients susceptible to sepsis. They don't see the big picture but we do.
  12. by   azgirl
    When my mother was in the hospital recently my father and she both said that the "service" was good in the hospital. She stated that the "nurse" changed her nightgown and draw sheet. Both my husband and I are in health care and they still don't know what nurses do.
  13. by   Pretzlgl
    Originally posted by TEXASWAG
    Austin Heart,

    Yes, we give baths, turn and feed, but you know what.......if we didn't there would be more pressure sores, debilitation, and patients susceptible to sepsis. They don't see the big picture but we do.
    Exactly - they don't see the big picture. WE know why we do what we do - and I guess we have to be satisfied with that...

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