lay people think they know......... - page 2

My boyfriend was comparing his computer network job to nursing. He said he had to work 12 hour days 5-6 days per week and doesn't see why a nurse would have much difficulty in working those hours as... Read More

  1. by   Jenny P
    Gee, Dplear, I thought the hard part would be the cooking-- I hadn't even thought about working that difficult cash register-- do you think it could be harder than a CRRT machine? OOHHHHHH; I'm so scared!
  2. by   CEN35
    GOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! BESSIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Agreees 100%

    When I get patients, or famalies in at work that try to tell me how to do my job? I ask them what they do? Then I look for an analogy that fits then and their job, lay it out, and ask them if I could tell them how to do theirs? It works, its constructive, not rude and gets the pint across.
  3. by   JillR
    Taco Bell=hard work? Cmon, I have been a waitress, cook and bartender and none of those jobs even compare to nursing. I am sorry Jenny, but if your son thinks this is hard work then he needs to get an idea about what work really is. LOL.
  4. by   mustangsheba
    All this just reinforces that nobody but another nurse has the slightest clue what a nurse does! There is no way to do an accurate job description. But we shouldn't have to. Our SO's should respect what we do as we respect what they spend 8 hours doing. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could follow us for 8 hours on a Friday night?
  5. by   Lauryn
    I didn't realize one needed 3 or 4 years of college or university to work at Taco John's LOL. Some people seem to have forgotten that nursing is a profession, and we are professionals.
  6. by   cmggriff
    I cast my vote with the Mustang girl. Drop the loser. You guys make me realize how fortunate I am to be married to a nurse. And I am happy that I don't have to work at Taco Hell. My poor old body probably couldn't handle it
  7. by   RN1963
    Well, lay people might have an excuse...what about your own CNA who can't do something for you because they are "too busy"...but soon you find them sitting down reading a magazine. They aren't worried about your welfare..nor the patient's..just their own.
  8. by   st4304
    My husband and I have this conversation all the time about who has more stress. He is an engineer who designs bridges. If his design has a flaw many people could be hurt or die. If I make a mistake, my patient could be hurt or die.

    Now that I think about it, we both have very stressful jobs. I think we both should quit and become tree farmers. It can't be too stressful watching trees grow, can it?
  9. by   123lisa
    Way to go everyone. My final thoughts are that we are all intelligent enough to realize that not everyone on our planet can or should understand what we go through in an 8 hour day. We cannot expect them to. Just let them say thier say and let it go. We are a unique group of people in this profession and we have each other. It is good to save our venting for other healthcare professionals. I am thankful for this sight as it is a great way to vent with our own kind. We can't all be married to other nurses, so here we are with an acceptable lay person who has many other qualities that make him worth holding on to.
    Thank you everyone and may we continue holding on and receiving praise from our peers and patients.
  10. by   NicuGal
    Doesn't that tick you off? I had a person that I thought was a GOOD friend and she was a SAHM for about 9 years and then went back to work at a bank. She had the nerve to say to me...well, you only work 3 or 4 days a week, my job is so demanding and I have to work 5 days a week. Well HELLO! okay, well, you have every Tuesday off, every holiday off, you work a half a day on Saturday, off every Sunday. Hmmm,,,boy is this a no brainer. She thinks it would be a breeze to work 3 days a week for 12 hours a day. Needless to say, I don't speak to her anymore.
  11. by   Cindy_A
    Nicu,
    What is a SAHM? Hope this isn't a dumb question!
  12. by   JennieBSN
    SAHM= stay at home mom.
  13. by   kennedyj
    some people are just plain crazy and work a holics. But its not for everyone. Some of us want to have a life outside work.
    Jared

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