Nurses are bad..donít be a nurse! - page 5

by Blu rose

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Before pursuing nursing as a career, I had a bad impression of nurses from what I had heard but I never propagated it. A couple of years ago when my grandmother had a knee surgery, I got a chance to look closely into how nurses... Read More


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    Quote from steelydanfan
    I have read this article 4 times, and I STILL don't understand the point. Apparently, nurses need time to grow into thier positions; yes that is true; and the general public are quick to judge with little reason to do so. Was that it? I am just not sure what I was supposed to take away from this.
    Steelydanfan, I'm sorry if my article sounded confusing. I don't know to write well but, this article is about something I really wanted to say. In addition to what you already understood, I wanted to bring to light how the public opinion about nursing and nursing is getting more negative (when people hear from others that nurses are mean and nursing is a dirty job etc. and believe it without getting any first hand experience or information about nursing). I believe that this growing public view of nursing may somehow discourage people from getting into the profession or from working wholeheartedly.
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    It's not easy. It's not glamorous. It's not convenient. It's not clean. It's not comfortable.

    But even back in the days before the electronic conveniences (I remember glass syringes, rectal paraldehyde, no glucometers, etc), even doing the needed tasks in a kind way, with someone smiling back (or even just griping less) made me feel like somehow by just not being abrupt, or worse (as I've experienced in the times I've been a patient), that the patient knew that THEY mattered.
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    Thank you everybody for reading my article (my first article here) and posting your comments.
    I have a question from reading the comments. Seems like many nurses are infuriated at the way the management works. Had there been any efforts in the past to make the lives of nurses a bit easy? I mean nursing is an always-in profession because they say there is a shortage of nurses (so, the ones that work...work like robots) but, then many nurses find it hard to get a job.
    About nursing and money! I think though there are other jobs where you can earn more than in nursing, nursing is in demand..at least where I live. Maybe you won't lose your job in times of recession (like an uncle of mine says..people won't stop getting sick and there will always be a need of nurses). The salary here is decent too..so, maybe people do pursue this profession for money only (which I don't think is a reason sufficient to be a nurse).

    Nursing being an honourable prosession..I think it is an honourable profession indeed. When somebody is in pain and needs help and you help them...they respect you (not all though...it depends on the person..just like there are good nurses and bad nurses). Above all, you feel satisfied if you think that you are helping people.

    My thought about nursing being just a job or not...I think nursing is a job..true! It is a way to earn money..but, it is a way to earn money for people who think they can help othes. Even if you put your learned nursing skills to use just to earn money, you will feel frustrated and fatigued if you don't do it for people.

    One last thing, nurses do a hard job but, they don't get thanked enough. They are even treated badly by the management and the patients, but, if you know that there is at least one person who thinks that you make a difference, you will feel better. But, of course if we deserve more, we should do something..more than just blaming the management and/or the patients.
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    OK I just figured out how to make life easier as a nurse on a hospital floor, or at least at most hospitals.
    Why do I have to run from one end of the hall to the other for something that I need that is not available at my end?
    Why do we have two supply rooms but they are supplied differently, so once again, running.
    Why do they cut staff so much that now I have to discharge a patient, take a patient to radiology? Why are our two kitchens (for patients) with little food? My patient wants cranberry juice (oh yea, the teeny 2 yr old size) and not there so back running to the other kitchen. Oh, forgot vanilla puddings and just have chocolate at this kitchen and of course my patient wants chocolate. So run run again.
    Hospitals do not ask nurses how to make their life easier and thus, patient gets better care. How many of you work the old halls? How about a round pod with nurse station in middle and rooms around the pod? Can you imagine? No running forever. And there are desks with computer and a place for MARS just for that nurse. And when that nurse finishes the shift, he/she is responsible for cleaning it for the next group. Just sayin.
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    When one of the local hospitals built it's cardiac center (3 floor free-standing facility- connected by hallways), they got the nurses' input. I've been a patient there many times, and it seemed really nurse-friendly. They also had internet for the patients, to e-mail friends/family, and look up diagnoses info..... some places are listening. But the old buildings are still standing. Agree- they could at least make the supplies easier to get to. One place I worked at had a cabinet at each room for linens, trash, and tape, gauze, etc.
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    Quote from needshaldol
    OK I just figured out how to make life easier as a nurse on a hospital floor, or at least at most hospitals.
    Why do I have to run from one end of the hall to the other for something that I need that is not available at my end?
    Why do we have two supply rooms but they are supplied differently, so once again, running.
    Why do they cut staff so much that now I have to discharge a patient, take a patient to radiology? Why are our two kitchens (for patients) with little food? My patient wants cranberry juice (oh yea, the teeny 2 yr old size) and not there so back running to the other kitchen. Oh, forgot vanilla puddings and just have chocolate at this kitchen and of course my patient wants chocolate. So run run again.
    Hospitals do not ask nurses how to make their life easier and thus, patient gets better care. How many of you work the old halls? How about a round pod with nurse station in middle and rooms around the pod? Can you imagine? No running forever. And there are desks with computer and a place for MARS just for that nurse. And when that nurse finishes the shift, he/she is responsible for cleaning it for the next group. Just sayin.
    I had my field placement at a hospital that has the facilities (in bold) that you mentioned. I have had just one field placement so far so, I have not experienced the pains of running around much but, I do have an idea of how it can drain your energy. So, the suggestions you have are great. Now, if you want these suggestions to be adopted into the system, what could you do? I mean what's the next step? Can you write about it to the hospital administration? or to make life better for all nurses, can we just contact the governing bodies for nursing in our respective countries?
    I have heard that some hospitals do get a lot of donations..can they make use of it?
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    Thanks. But our hospital is not interested in nurse in-put. They say they are, listen, to do us a favor, and go their own way. We are in the process of building a new hospital. They have totally gotten rid of our gorgeous view. So now I look out the window at a huge ugly parking garage instead of the beautiful redwood trees and the bay. Why didn't they put in an underground parking facility???? The new structure is turning ugly, huge, and viewless. Oh well, they call it "progress". I call it "not thinking it out". But at least we will have enough plugs for equipment and and AC. Yes, no AC for 50 years, so we have fans running, cords everywhere. The poor patients suffer in hot stuffy rooms. We did put in a few window units. And our hospital is rated at the top 5% in a big state. Go figure.
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    thanks for sharing
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    I've been a nurse for 2.5 years and I have worked with some of these people you speak of. Luckly for me, I was perceptive enough to select a very rural hospital, for my first job, where they were despret for nurses. Then when the abuse reached a fevered pitch, I told them to knock it off our I would quit. Later, I ended up switching units and I work on an awesome unit right now with awesome people. I would have been travel nursing by now, but I love my unit so much I wanna stay a little longer


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