nurses are vastly underpaid and vastly unappreciated!

  1. Not sure if my spelling is correct but this is exactly what Rosie O'Donell said on The View this morning. And the model who was on the show said that her mom should be making what she makes as a model, while she should be making what her mom makes as a nurse...Hooray for nurses, and CNAs!
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  3. by   miko014
    Nice to hear that for a change, isn't it?

    I had a pt the other day who asked for pain meds. The tech came and told me right away, but I was in the middle of doing someone else's chemo. I had to check it with another RN, suit up, take down the old and dispose of it, do the bedsidde chcheck, give the premeds, and hang the new bag, then have another RN verify the rate with me and all that. It took about 20 minutes. When I was done in there, I immediately got the pain meds and took them to the pt. I said something along the lines of, "I'm sorry that took so long, I was tied up in another room". She said, "Oh, that's okay". Her husband looked at her, then at me, then back at her and said (in a very icy voice), "You've been waiting twenty minutes for this". The pt turned to him and very calmly said, "She is not at my beck and call, and she has other pts. She can't just drop what she's doing for someone else to come and do whatever I want right when I want it". I was floored. I haven't had a pt do/say anything like that for a long time. I was just ilke "thank you for understanding". It was really nice! I wish more people realized that!
  4. by   bigsyis
    Quote from miko014
    Nice to hear that for a change, isn't it?
    The pt turned to him and very calmly said, "She is not at my beck and call, and she has other pts. She can't just drop what she's doing for someone else to come and do whatever I want right when I want it". I was floored. I haven't had a pt do/say anything like that for a long time. I was just ilke "thank you for understanding". It was really nice! I wish more people realized that!
    God bless that dear lady! Her needs were no less important than your other pt's, and she knew that, but she is one of the few who is aware, that while you are in their own room, you can't be everyone, helping everybody else, at the same time! I think that comment should be posted under the "compliment" thread!
  5. by   Dolce
    For some reason, that kind of talk irritates me just a little bit. Yes, I would like to make more money (wouldn't we all?). But, I am satisfied with the money that I am making. My sister, who has a master's degree in education, is making about 75% of what I make--I only have a bachelor's degree. Its hard work and we are very under appreciated at times, but I feel I am well compensated for what I do.
  6. by   Susan9608
    Its hard work and we are very under appreciated at times, but I feel I am well compensated for what I do.
    Boy, I don't, especially when I think about how I'm holding people's very lives in my hands, while other people - like actors and professional athletes - make millions of dollars providing entertainment. What does that say about our culture? Entertainers are more valuable than life savers. it seems pretty sad and pathetic to me.

    I wonder if Rosie would donate some of her exorborant salary to the vastly underpaid and underappreciated nurses to help equalize the equation.
  7. by   luvschoolnursing
    Unfortunately, anything Rosie sayes, no matter how kind, irritates me.
  8. by   teeituptom
    Quote from luvschoolnursing
    Unfortunately, anything Rosie sayes, no matter how kind, irritates me.
    Why because she tells the truth as she sees it
  9. by   luvschoolnursing
    She sees her truth through a much different lens than I do. Not to mention that she chooses to attack anyone that does not share her POV
  10. by   teeituptom
    Just as you are attacking her POV
  11. by   Jo Dirt
    Maybe Rosie is okay after all (but talk is cheap.)

    I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what nurses get paid. I was talking to a CNA at the assisted living about medications and how it's a good thing to be smart enough to become a pharmacist because I hear they make a good $100+ a year.

    The CNA nodded and said yea, they make as much as RNs.

    I was floored. I told her I'd like to know what planet this is on and I'll have my bags packed. She looked at me like I was crazy.

    Then again, maybe I have a misconception about what pharmacists make...
  12. by   EmerNurse
    Quote from luvschoolnursing
    Unfortunately, anything Rosie sayes, no matter how kind, irritates me.
    My feelings exactly. Sad isn't it, when someone is SO very irritating that even when they agree with us, they're still annoying.
  13. by   chuck1234
    Quote from NYDreamer
    Not sure if my spelling is correct but this is exactly what Rosie O'Donell said on The View this morning. And the model who was on the show said that her mom should be making what she makes as a model, while she should be making what her mom makes as a nurse...Hooray for nurses, and CNAs!
    Unappreciated!!! This I agree with you...
    Underpaid!!! I am not so sure, It is still better than my old job. Anyhow, I think a job in the nursing field is very stressful...comparing with other professions. Many college graduates don't even make what nurses are making and they don't even have job security.
  14. by   DarciaMoonz
    I wish more people were aware that we're not ignoring you or minimizing your needs, but we can't always stop in the middle of something to get to them the moment you ask. Case in point, there is a particular patient who thinks that she is supposed to be first for everything. I have explained to her, that I have three people on insulin who need their blood sugars checked, and need to be treated first because they may need insulin. Her reply "well smoking starts in a few minutes, so I need my meds first and my cigarettes". My silent reply is something that I would probably be banned for (heehee), but I just continue what I was doing and she waits, and gets upset, but I think that I am right priority wise. I told her that we need to switch places so she can see what it is like having so many people wanting to be first and the amount of stress we go through, she laughed and said my job was easy. I laughed with her because she has no idea:-)

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