Nurses are bad..donít be a nurse!
This article is about the growing public opinion that nurses are irresponsible and money oriented and, how this opinion discourages people from pursuing nursing as a carrier. This article is based on my observations and experience.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 provide care and communicate with patients and their family. I noticed how therapeutically the nurses talked to my grandmother. They explained everything so well and even answered the relevant questions I asked out of curiosity. Never before this episode did I ever want to be a nurse.
Occasionally, people have opposing views but if they are contrary to the extent that you start to doubt your own observations, it can be disturbing. When I talked to some friends about my positive views about nursing and nurses, I was confused to hear what they had to say. One of my friends openly declared that nurses are evil and work solely for money and do not really care about their patients. They care for the patient just enough to keep themselves out of trouble but they ignore a patient’s unsaid obvious needs like positioning, which make them cruel. Such views about nurses lead me to think if really nurses have forgotten their ethics but, something inside me said that these views are a stereotype. I decided to venture into the world of nursing to unravel the truth myself.
I have finished the first year of my nursing program and I am still determined to be a nurse. During my field placement at a hospital, I figured out the driving force behind the different opinions about nurses -the positive and the negative. Nurses follow some nursing ethics which form the very basis of their job. Patient wellness, patient confidentiality, truthfulness, fairness and respecting patient choices are the values that need to be adopted in order to be a nurse, but does everybody has the ability to do so? To be tough, caring, agile and strong enough to keep secrets all at once may not be the qualities present in a single person. People have preconceived notions about good nurses and they want them to ‘act’ accordingly. What they don’t know is that it takes time for different personalities to incorporate a nurse’s qualities.
People have different personalities and when they become nurses, their way of providing care and communicating with others differs. People categorize nurses as friendly or unfriendly, knowledgeable or unknowledgeable, caring or negligent etc. It cannot be denied that negligence by nurses have lead to serious medical consequences for patients. However, it does not imply that all nurses are irresponsible. Despite all the hard work that nurses do, people seem to complain. Over a dozen of people I talked to had low opinion about nurses but only three of them had actually witnessed poor treatment by nurses. Why and how did the rest form a bad image of nurses? Maybe the same way I had formed it when I believed what people said.
Nurses are neither angels nor demons, only human. They make mistakes, try to learn from them and take care not to repeat them. Does anyone realize that when people vilify the nursing profession without putting themselves in nurses’ shoes, how many good-nurses-to-be are discouraged from joining it?Last edit by Joe V on Jul 5, '11
I am a 21 year old Practical Nursing student. I have just finished the first year and I am looking forward to start the second year and improve my nursing skills :)
25 Years Old; Joined May '11; Posts: 44; Likes: 38.10Jul 4, '11 by cherryames1949When I was a young girl people would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always said "a nurse". My father would wrinkle his nose and tell me that I didn't want to do that because it was a "dirty Job". The sole reason for his disdain was the fact that I would have to empty bedpans. Well I didn't care. I was high on the exploits of Cherry Ames nurse extraordinaire. The years passed and I was able to fulfill my dream. Nursing has been a wonderful career. I have been blessed with wonderful colleagues and memorable patients. Nurses come in all shapes and sizes and most are caring and compassionate. We have many wonderful examples of the true ideals of nursing in our profession. Our job is to carry on those ideals so that non medical people get a good and true impression of nursing.5Jul 4, '11 by Blu roseQuote from cherryames1949Thanks for your inspiring comment Even I was in a similar situation. An aunt of mine had attempted to be a nurse but, she left it amidst when she had an unpleasant experience (a dirty one as people might say). Since the day I told my family members that I want to be a nurse, this story was told to me umpteen times and I was tired of listening to it. I just stopped paying attention to what they said and now, I in the middle of my nursing program...I don't cry about bedpans and all, so, everybody's supporting me.When I was a young girl people would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always said "a nurse". My father would wrinkle his nose and tell me that I didn't want to do that because it was a "dirty Job". The sole reason for his disdain was the fact that I would have to empty bedpans. Well I didn't care. I was high on the exploits of Cherry Ames nurse extraordinaire. The years passed and I was able to fulfill my dream. Nursing has been a wonderful career. I have been blessed with wonderful colleagues and memorable patients. Nurses come in all shapes and sizes and most are caring and compassionate. We have many wonderful examples of the true ideals of nursing in our profession. Our job is to carry on those ideals so that non medical people get a good and true impression of nursing.
I follow what you said about true ideals5Jul 6, '11 by royhanosn***********!
nursing, I enjoy! its the people I work with that are ******.The management is the same.
but you have to develop a THICK salesmen skin, to take the abuse out there.
Like an office..people hate their jobs..its not the job, its the supervisor. or management that makes life hell.
Cutbacks, management voting themselves raises, etc...welcome to now!Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jul 8, '11 : Reason: changed to all *****6Jul 6, '11 by needshaldolAgree to above. Hospitals are BIG business now. And do not believe the "non profit" meaning no $. It is a corporate world now and the corporation is slowly turning nurses into robots. It is all about liability now. The time spent at the bedside is for meds, helping the aide turn or clean, and a quick assessment. The rest of the time is at the computer checking this checking that checking this checking that. That is it folks.34Jul 6, '11 by dmdmdHow very sad your friends have such one sided opinions. I have been a nurse for 31 years so far, and am at the bedside again by choice. I love my patients. They know it, and I know it. I have held a dying patient's hand in the night, and helped deliver more than one baby. My friends and I have attended too many funerals. EVERY time I go to work, I hold lives in my hands.
I have cleaned enough stool to build a mountain, emptied enough catheters to fill a lake. I have cleaned mucous, blood, pus, and other things more times than they can imagine. Do I look down on the elderly man or woman that is incontinent? NO, and no one I know does.
How dare ignorant people besmirch a profession that has been there since God knows when to care for them from the time their butts popped out of the womb, til they were on their birth bed themselves or their deathbed with one or more of us there?
Money? That's a laugh.
My refrigerator repairman makes 5 times what I do, and the plumber 10 times. Do you hear any griping from your friends about them? How about pro athletes that perform for people, or for that matter, actors. If you want to be in a job for the money, and never have to do any of the things I've mentioned, look there.
No, I am a nurse because I have spent my life acquiring skills to care for people that can't care for themselves or that need help. Not for the money, because I could make more elsewhere. I do it for love.
So, since this is way too long, I close now.
Be a nurse, and make the rest of us proud of your desire to be the best you can be. Show your "friends" how ignorant they really are. It will be the hardest job in the world some days, but be worth it in the end, when you can look back and say, "I did my best, and there were people that were the better for it.? Be a nurse, we are AWESOME!!!!9Jul 6, '11 by Finally2003NP-CTo dmdmd,
Could not have said it better myself. To many folks spread LIES and false innuendos concerning nursing. The truth is it is a tough,demanding job and I am amazed at the amount of people who have nothing better to do than continue trying to run down the profession. "In it for the MONEY....ha,ha,ha...". I'm an NP and make a comfortable fee for what I do, but there are MANY people in the work world who make MUCH more than I.... and have little or no responsibility or accountability related to the amount of $$$ they make! If you are in nursing for the MONEY you will be disappointed, however there is more than $$$ when you help someone...5Jul 7, '11 by SoozulJust a quick opinion: Dirty bedpans are the LEAST of our worries. Some think that is degrading?? HA!! What's degrading is being treated like an uneducated lazy maid that hasn't put in the time learning to do this, all the while working 13 hours on your feet without a break or even food to keep going!! I don't mind getting dirty or busting my hump like I mind visitors/family treating me badly.9Jul 7, '11 by dmdmdThere are always those that disrespect us for one reason or another, and that is a problem anyone working with the public has. I think it is more of a picture of our society today than it is anything else. A lot of people are NOT taught to respect other people. These people will still get good care from me, and maybe I can be the first person they learn to respect.