Nat'l Nurses Week(ness)

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    It is my opinion that our celebration of ourselves and public displays of "look at us" are embarrassing.

    I did a search on Google.com(a popular search engine). Here are the keywords searched and # of results.

    "National Nurses Week" 1,080 results
    "National Lawyers Week" 0 results
    "National Doctors Week" 0 results
    "National Housekeepers week" 41 results
    "National teachers week" 33 results
    "National professors week" 0 results


    Now I am sure this data doesn't mean squat but it is interesting that the professions most universally considered "professional" have 0 results while those seen as "less than professional" or "blue collar" have hits.

    I think banners point out more than anything that we want recognition. Wanting recognition is weak. It makes me feel we are a bunch of begging dogs. Nobody likes or respects begging dogs - even if that is what he thinks it takes to get attention.

    Leno makes jokes - well we HAD to point at say look at me. Then we get mad when he does his job(however tasteless).

    I know it isn't entirely feasible but if I was going to try to get nursing into the professional realm thiese are some things I would do:

    1. Ban nurses week and other pat my back and toot my horn activities.

    2. Throw away all the touchy feely nurse poems that act as if nurses are better than regular humans with more compassion, stamina, etc. Its only good for nurses to read to themself while they look in the mirror and if is that irritating to me it must really be silly to non-nurses.

    3. Adopt some standards for patient safety and stick to them. Don't accept an assignment that you think is unsafe. Complaining about staffing while continuing to work short just proves to management you are willing take part in jeopardizing your patients even while a prudent nurse sees it to be unsafe. It is true enough that if you are the only one you will simply be fired and replaced. This is why as a profession it proves we are weak kneed(unlike lawyers, doctors, etc).

    4. Hold each other to high standards. When you see that nurse using bad technique, smelling like cigarettes, cologne, dirty uniform, curt, rude, etc., realize she/he is representing nurses and it IS more damaging than anything Leno could say.

    In short. If we want Nursing to be treated like a true profession we need to elevate it to the level of a true profession.

    That doesn't include celebrating ourselves or media campagns.

    HotSpam
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    Hotspam,

    You've made alot of good points. I've also felt that Nurses' week has been a bit embarrassing.
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    HotSpam, I agree with you. Having a Nurses' Week embarasses me for my profession and those touchy-feely poems make my skin crawl. While I do feel nursing is something you have to have in your heart, people have to stop looking at nursing as a "mission field" in order for it to be seen as a profession and get the respect it deserves. But you put it much better than I did
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    I am surprised I am not taking more heat over this. I was worried it was going to be an unpopular post. It gives me hope for our future that others share similar thoughts.

    HotSpam
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    I agree with all of you. I have felt that it was not only embarrassing but patronizing as well. Like someone patting me on the head and saying "what a good job you're doing little girl" but ignoring what it is nurses really do. And as for those touchy-feely poems...PLEEEEASE!! Enough of them already. Like Zee said, we have to stop looking at nursing as a "mission field". It keeps us in a subservient role where no one takes us seriously.
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    I can one-up the embarassing stuff...our management came up with a BRILLIANT scheme to help recognize nurses that receive pt. compliments, and give them a little 'something extra' as a bonus for each compliment rec'd. Hold that gag...it gets worse...the 'something extra' is a dollar...and not even a REAL dollar, a MCDONALD'S dollar. Yep. That's right. After 4 'gooooooooooood nurse!' compliments, you can run out and buy that prized Happy Meal!!!

    One of our nurses got one, and we cut out her picture, pasted it in the middle of it, and tacked it on the bb in the nurses lounge with 'we love to see you smile' and other sarcastic stuff (this was the brainchild of the nurse who rec'd the dollar) all over it. Our manager got her panties all in a bunch and got all upset because we were making fun of the hospital's STUPID, INSULTING campaign!

    Hell, yes nurses' week is embarassing. Walked into a greeting card store this week? They have an entire little SECTION chock full of sappy 'nurses' week' cards. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugggggh. Just makes ya wanna bring up your lunch...
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    Thank You! Now I know I'm not the only one who felt Nurse's week was a joke. Our manager made a video of all of us in "action" set to some sappy music. Then she made us watch it half a dozen times!!!
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    I can one-up the embarassing stuff...our management came up with a BRILLIANT scheme to help recognize nurses that receive pt. compliments, and give them a little 'something extra' as a bonus for each compliment rec'd. Hold that gag...it gets worse...the 'something extra' is a dollar...and not even a REAL dollar, a MCDONALD'S dollar. Yep. That's right. After 4 'gooooooooooood nurse!' compliments, you can run out and buy that prized Happy Meal!!!

    The aforementioned passage represents the epitome of PATHETIC. Such managers make my skin crawl just as much as those ridiculous, sappy, co-dependent poems that Spam mentioned.

    Overall, this is an excellent post Spam. I thought I would cut and paste it in an email and send it to the 50+ nurses in my address book (who don't frequent this BB). The four issues you mentioned here have merit.
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    Jason, This shows such disrespect for us as a profession. I hope the nurses give em' hell for this bright idea!!
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    You guys make me sick. You are the main reson for the nursing shortage. Nurses work their butts off to get recognized and are heros to many and derserve to be recognized. You make me hate this bulliton board. If you don't like this profession get the hell out and make room for those touchy feely poems, because our touch heals more than you ever care to know. We use our hands, our hearts to ease patients I would hate to be your patient , I would rather die!


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