Nurse is a nurse is a nurse - page 3

We really need to do something about the publics understanding of nursing. I'm starting to get really ticked about this and I'm far far from a prideful person. I'm just tired of people not realizing... Read More

  1. by   funnygirl_rn
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by nursebucky
    I understand your vent, but as a Phlebo working through nursing school, I am almost always mistaken for the nurse...even when the nurse is standing there. I take it that I look nice since I am not frowning l ike some of our ER nurses. {QUOTE]

    **Hmmmmm, so you are mistaken for a nurse since you look "nice" and are not frowning like an ER nurse?!? What is that supposed to mean? You also could be mistaken for housekeeping and other ancillary staff...since you wear a uniform and/or scrubs!


    When I work the night shift, it is so cold that we wear lab coats. Well, the ER Doctor thought I was a Doctor one night. I was highly flattered! He has respected me to the utmost every since. I could have walked on water with Jesus that night!!!!!
    **I bet if you wore a space-suit...someone just MIGHT think you were a future astronaut! Forgive me..I couldn't resist!
    Last edit by funnygirl_rn on May 13, '03
  2. by   Furball
    Originally posted by fab4fan
    nursebucky: You think people mistake you (a phlebotomist) for a nurse because you "look nicer" than the other nurses in the dept.? What does THAT mean?

    I hope you don't ID yourself as a nurse at work as you to here in your post name. Anyone just reading your post name would get the impression the you were a nurse.
    Good pick-up Fab....I didn't notice that "nursebecky" is a phleb/nsg student. Should be"nursetobebecky"
  3. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by Furball
    [Should be"nursetobebecky" [/B]
    Totally agree Furball!
  4. by   imenid37
    irritates the h*ll of out me when all sorts of allied health folks, like cna's,ma's, etc. are called nurses. i asked a dr. (who calls all lpn's, ma's, and rn's at his office nurses) one day what he would think if we started referring to the 2 pa's from his office as dr. connie and dr. darlene. he made a face. "well the difference in schooling is... Blah, blah, blah."well yeah! a cna goes to school for a matter of months, not several years. the responsibilities for cna's, ma's, and nurses (rn's and lpn's) should be very different legally, although i know in an office (and maybe in dayray's hospital) there is a lot that goes on that shouldn't. i asked this pompous *ss dr. if he paid all of the "nurses" the same, but got a really mean face in reply. " of course not. who could afford all rn's? you guys make a FORTUNE." oh really. would you do our job for the money? i asked. he didn't answer, just said he had to go and was very grouchy, as he often is. CLUELESS!!!
  5. by   ScarlettRN
    Should we go back to wearing caps? (ducks)
    How about color coded uniforms? I wish there was an answer to this question.
    My mother is a CCU nurse and has been on the unfortunate receiving end of care in doc offices lately due to an extended illness. She was trying to talk reasonably to one of the staff members at the office and began by saying "I'm a nurse" and before she could finish the sentence, the person replied "I'm a nurse too!!" So I think they KNOW they can't get away with it with everyone and are defensive. Too bad there can't be a new name to designate these unlicensed folks so that the civilians know who is who...
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by nursebucky
    I understand your vent, but as a Phlebo working through nursing school, I am almost always mistaken for the nurse...even when the nurse is standing there. I take it that I look nice since I am not frowning l ike some of our ER nurses.

    I take it in stride and I always feel as if I am on cloud nine.

    When I work the night shift, it is so cold that we wear lab coats. Well, the ER Doctor thought I was a Doctor one night. I was highly flattered! He has respected me to the utmost every since.

    I could have walked on water with Jesus that night!!!!!
    You understand nothing. Really, it is abundantly clear in this post. Good luck if and when you do become a NURSE as your nick name would suggest. You will need it, sorry to say.
  7. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Originally posted by moonshadeau
    when it comes to identifying myself I have come to say "I am a REGISTERED nurse". Helps to deter any confusion.
    I agree totally. Intoducing the team that is caring for the patient can clear up alot of confusion for our patients.
  8. by   eltrip
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    Originally posted by moonshadeau
    when it comes to identifying myself I have come to say "I am a REGISTERED nurse". Helps to deter any confusion.
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    Me, too. It irks the tar out of me to have non-licensed folks calling themselves nurses. GRRRR!
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    Originally posted by imenid37
    i asked a dr. (who calls all lpn's, ma's, and rn's at his office nurses) one day what he would think if we started referring to the 2 pa's from his office as dr. connie and dr. darlene. he made a face. "well the difference in schooling is... Blah, blah, blah."well yeah! a cna goes to school for a matter of months, not several years.
    Perfect response!
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by Dayray
    It gets worse =( today I had lunch with my fahter in law. He was complaing becuase my mom in law a CNA is being forced to attend classes on weekends. I asked what the classes were for. Seem she is being forced into med certifacation class including hwo to give IM's. Guess where she works? in the hospital on the med surg floor.

    I have heard this was coming but dident belive it CNAs are going to give meds in the hospital =( what a scarry thought and what a slap to nurses, a 20 hour course that allows CNAs to do one of the core tasks of med/surg nurses
    Guess I have a hard time believing this, Dayray. Where is this occurring? CMA's can give routine injections and work under a docs supervision, but I know of no hospitals that hire them to work the floors. CMA's are trained for office work, not to manage bedside patient care.

    CNA's can be trained to give routine po meds in LTC centers where allowed, but not injections that I'm aware of. If this is happening anywhere I'm truly shocked, as facilities must think they found a loophole in the laws.
  11. by   healingtouchRN
    oh my goodness, where is your state nurses association, nursing home assn, & any one else who is looking out for the well being of these clients? They have no liability but the nurse in charge does!!!! Oh this is scary! What state is this?
  12. by   healingtouchRN
    I often tell my clients the amount of education I have (BSN, & a CHTP), (people really don't know), & I don't brag or anything... I am just factual and forthright about how much cont. ed. I do (87 hours this year alone). I do cont ed each month, as well as teach & am in a private practice alone so I let them know they aren't dealing with some idiot off the street with 2 month of training....it does gain the respect & make the clients rethink what it takes to be a REGISTERED NURSE. Puuulease, don't think I am downing LPN's & ASN's.....I am just a proponant of cont. ed. whether thru the job or university or on-line, what ever, just stay current. It really gripes me when people get to renewal time & they have no hours in for 2 years!!!!! What were they doing that they could take 3-4 days in 2 years to update them selves!!!??? I work 3 jobs, so being too busy doesn't fly with me. I am the epitome of busy! (okay, borderline workaholic, but I do have a date with my hubby tonite!). off the soap box now, my feet hurt!
  13. by   yannadey
    Originally posted by funnygirl_rn
    **I bet if you wore a space-suit...someone just MIGHT think you were a future astronaut! Forgive me..I couldn't resist!
    you got me :roll with that one funnygirl.....

    As for you "nursebucky" I'm sure once you become a NURSE you too will be "frowning" just like the ER nurses you talk about. Could they be "frowning"(looking serious) because they are doing actual work r/t nursing rather than trying to look nice.... not ment to be mean but you are a nrsg student & your preception of nurses is very interesting for one who choose to enter the profession....

    Nursing is not a Right it is a Privilage
    .......as stated by a nursing instructor at BCC.

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