Nurse Impersonators - page 11

:( Am I the only one who resents the "nurse impersonators" who abound in the health care field? Everyone who works at a doctor's office or in a hospital wears scrubs and seems to pass... Read More

  1. by   SICU Queen
    This is all very disheartening to read about. I, too, am sick of "pretend" nurses. There's a lot more to being a nurse than passing the pills and changing the sheets.

    I think this may be one of the reasons I stay in ICU on night shift. Every person in my unit is an RN. We do total care and have no secretary at night, except for the one who floats, and she is VERY quick to point out that she is NOT a nurse. Doesn't make her less of person! Just one with a different role.

    I worked hard for my title, as I'm sure others have, and I don't appreciate those who "steal" my, and other nurses, initials by letting laypersons assume that they are one...

    Did I say that right? Too many 7p shifts, I guess... lol...


    Kim
  2. by   alkat
    The hospital where I work requires the nurse assisstants and nurses to wear scrubs of choice. During nurses week the nurse assisstants are given the same recognition, praise, gifts, etc. as the nurses, no nurse assisstant is left out during nurses week. But the hospital also has a nurse assisstant week where the nurse assisstants are honored again, but not the nurses. For some reason I feel insulted by this. Also, I have had to correct many situations where a patient was given incorrect information by someone they thought was a nurse (because we all wear scubs) but was really a nurse assisstant (not a CNA but a NA). I have even had a patient tell me "the nurse thinks I should get some blood work because I feel tired" I found out this "nurse" was actually the housekeeper who also wears scrubs.
  3. by   alkat
    I thought this bulletin board was just for nurses. Who else is posting? Just wondering what backgrounds all of the viewpoints are coming from.
  4. by   Q.
    Originally posted by alkat
    The hospital where I work requires the nurse assisstants and nurses to wear scrubs of choice. During nurses week the nurse assisstants are given the same recognition, praise, gifts, etc. as the nurses, no nurse assisstant is left out during nurses week. But the hospital also has a nurse assisstant week where the nurse assisstants are honored again, but not the nurses. For some reason I feel insulted by this. Also, I have had to correct many situations where a patient was given incorrect information by someone they thought was a nurse (because we all wear scubs) but was really a nurse assisstant (not a CNA but a NA). I have even had a patient tell me "the nurse thinks I should get some blood work because I feel tired" I found out this "nurse" was actually the housekeeper who also wears scrubs.

    Ahh yes the wonderful Nurses' Week. Each and every year I have a renewed happiness with the self-proclaimed holiday, but then every year it turns out to be the opposite.

    At my hospital, all the NA's are included in the festivities of Nurse's Week. They are not left out in the least. Yet...there is a Nursing Assistant Week as well. Your hospital sounds like mine. I am insulted too - if there is a Nursing Assistant Week, why not leave Nurse's Week alone? Are we not even entitled to be given shoelaces by ourselves??

    At the clinic, Nurses' Week has been renamed to Medical Person's Week, so as not to leave anyone out. Something is seriously wrong. Again, each and every incident, like nurses's week being renamed, cookies being taken away, are all in and of themselves small and petty, but when they come at you from all areas nonstop, it wears on you.

    I just read the article about the MD's leaving Las Vegas due to the insane prices of malpractice insurance. This just shows me that healthcare in America is SOOOOOO much in crisis; it's not just nursing anymore, or long-term care...it's everywhere! I am agast at how big of a problem this is.
  5. by   debbiedew
    Ah......Yes...... You couldn't have said it better.... People today just have no respect for nurses, and have no problem calling themselves nurses, or better yet....... trying to act like one.....At least back when caps were in.....you knew nurses from the non-nurses ........... maybe thats why they wore them??????
    It could be some people are just ignorant....What do you think?????
  6. by   NancyRN
    I think the number one reason nurses have lost respect is the FAKE NURSES who give out bad information! I hear it all the time how "that nurse didn't know anything"...
  7. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by SICU Queen
    This is all very disheartening to read about. I, too, am sick of "pretend" nurses. There's a lot more to being a nurse than passing the pills and changing the sheets.

    I think this may be one of the reasons I stay in ICU on night shift. Every person in my unit is an RN. We do total care and have no secretary at night, except for the one who floats, and she is VERY quick to point out that she is NOT a nurse. Doesn't make her less of person! Just one with a different role.

    I worked hard for my title, as I'm sure others have, and I don't appreciate those who "steal" my, and other nurses, initials by letting laypersons assume that they are one...

    Did I say that right? Too many 7p shifts, I guess... lol...


    Kim
    I hear ya Kim! I am an old night shift ICU nurse myself and we definitely have the right idea, methinks!! :roll
  8. by   sajaha
    I haven't worked for a while now due to illness but I can tell you I'm mad now. I feel where I am from, we have no one but ourselves to blame for this. We have let the establishment slowly chip away at our profession to the point that I think people have no respect for us anymore. When I first started out in Nursing I was so proud of my profession. But anymore, I'm almost afraid to tell people I was a nurse. And you know what? I think it did start with the cap and went downhill from there. Then there was this thing (you all tell me if it's still this way) that when the RN's got a little raise or a bonus of some sort, the aids would say THEY should get one too and they would give it to them. Now I know this sounds greedy to some but after all, we went to school for a long time to get that RN and the Aids did not. We could do the Aids job if we had to, no way could they do ours. You tell me who is the most valuable employee to a Hospital.

    If we don't stand up for ourselves real soon there won't be Professional Nurses anymore. I heard our dear President is thinking of solving the nursing shortage by bringing Mexicans across the border and "teaching" them nursing to fill in the gaps. That makes no sense to me. Nothing against Mexicans, it is the point of that whole idea.

    Sara
  9. by   sajaha
    The "politcal correctness" of this issue is making me ill.
  10. by   NancyRN
    There isn't really a shortage of RN's out there. There is simply a shortage of Nurses who are unwilling to work under dreadful conditions. Add a language barrier to the already dangerous hospital melee and see what happens with medical errors!
  11. by   NancyRN
    And I, too, think doing away with our caps was the beginning of the dilution process for nurses. I do wear a cap some days when I do agency in a nursing home. Patients love it. It never really gets in my way. Guys could wear a "Guy" cap...I don't know the answer but we need to find one fast!
  12. by   mattsmom81
    Oh Sara you're scaring me!! Can you provide a source or a link to that particular Bush agenda?? I'm so disappointed and will just HAVE to write my former Governor about THAT plan, for sure! I also share your fears regarding the dilution of our profession and pray that our recent efforts to gain public support will be successful.
  13. by   Q.
    While I think Bush has good intentions, I don't think getting "bodies" to fill the gaps is going to solve ANY problem. We need to attract top quality, highly educated, motivated people to the profession!

    Example: my co-worker's 16 year old daughter who is a junior in high school was meeting with her high school advisor on plans after high school. The girl has a 3.7 GPA and is a very, very bright girl. The advisor is recommending she apply to MIT, Northwestern and Harvard for enginnering, etc. She has the grades for it and can write her ticket - AND she is interested in engineering. The question is....why is NOT interested in nursing? We could use a bright girl like her and others like her! Her advisor under no circumstances would recommend nursing to her and sadly so, I can see why. It would almost waste her talent and intelligence, with the way nursing is now.

    Bringing Mexicans across the border isn't going to solve the problem - it can only worsen it in my opinion.

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