Originally posted by rdhdnrs
Let me just play devil's advocate here for a minute. I am a single mother, working 3 12s a week 35 miles from home. I also work some PRN, maybe once a month, at a community hospital in my hometown.
My children are very precious to me, and I love spending time with them. However, when I became a nurse, I knew it is a 24-hour profession. People get sick and have babies on holidays, too. That we have to work a holiday or some extra time once in a while is the price we pay for our calling. I don't like working Christmas or mandatory overtime any more than anyone else, but sometimes, it's me or nobody.
Just one opinion.
Oh My God!!!
It is people who have attitudes like yours that have helped to make, or should I say trapped, the nursing profession in the mid evil ages.
This calling you refer and many others refer to is an excuse and a means which is used against us every day. Every time a nurse has a complaint about working conditions or pay, then there is someone on the other end who either directly refers to it or implies this calling thing.
It has been used for years to make us feel guilty and keep us in our places.
I joined the profession to help others who were suffering. I did not join to share in their suffering. I did not join a religious order in which poverty and servitude was required. If I would have wanted that kind of life I would have became a nun or a monk.
Your very attitude and the same shared by other hard liners is the reason why thousands of nurses have left or are planning to leave the profession. You and those like you are the main reason for the nursing shortage. When others stand up to complain or try to make changes to improve conditions, people who hold the same views as you do nothing except to try and make others feel guilty through a sense of shame.
Do you enjoy the fact that about half of the present nurses will not encourage others to join? Do you enjoy the fact that most nurses at the bedside are overworked, undervalued, and underpaid for the responsibilities they carry on their shoulders? Do you enjoy the fact that many nurses at the bedside have to deal with such poor working conditions? Do you enjoy using this shame tactic? You must because you have used it here.
I hope you enjoy the way the profession is because it is your fault and those who have the same arguments and views. You probably do not even work at the bedside in a hospital. More than likely you are one of the nurses who teach, manage, or something or something else to stay away from where the real problems are. There are a lot of them who will do anything to stay away but try to shame everyone else. They are so far out of the loop that they do not have a clue what it is really like.
I really hope you like what you have done to the profession as a whole. People who share your attitude are the professions biggest problem.