Nurses to The People: we did not fail you, you failed us. - page 2

Hey all: here is my humble opinion about the sad state of nursing affairs today and the direction it appears to be heading in the years to come. Feel free to leave your own ideas and opinions on this... Read More

  1. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from RNingBSNing
    State Boards of Nursing will face a serious nursing shortage lightly, giving nursing schools and nursing educators little incentive to beef up enrollment
    I don't think that nursing schools not enrolling enough people is the problem. Some areas have nurses coming out their ears and not enough jobs to go around. I believe that we are graduating plenty of nurses; the short staffing problem lies with the hospitals who don't hire them.
  2. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from llg
    I started to gag right after ... "it takes a special person...."

    1. I am thinking of all the rescue workers aiding all the disaster workers right now. I don't hear them whining.
    2. Nurses need to take responsibility for their own personal and professional decisions. Stop playing the victim!
    I truly think that this "victim mentality" holds nursing (as a profession) back.
  3. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from sevensonnets
    Well as for me, I'm still the bright eyed gentle loving soul I was 38 years ago.
    Wow, I wasn't a bright-eyed, gentle, loving soul even as a nursing student. Guess we balance each other out
  4. by   Marisette
    While the post is a bit of a vent. I do see some truth to what your saying. I don't see myself as a victim. I choose to be a nurse. However, in general, I don't think society values nurses as much as I feel we should. I see many post on allnurses about nurses leaving the bedside due to short staffing and other issues. Healthcare is becoming more business oriented, and business people run the show, leaving many nurses working in challenging situations. Most of us are able to strike a balance, but it's not always easy.
  5. by   kakamegamama
    Quote from Emergent
    I'm always surprised at the poor writing of people on this site. I really think paragraphs are crucial to presenting concepts in a digestible format.

    If you are using speech recognition, you can use the phrase "new paragraph" to make a space between the paragraphs.

    Each paragraph should be a small essay in itself regarding one of your sub-topics.

    From what I did read I think you are playing the victim role. We are lucky to live in the United States and have good paying jobs. I find nursing interesting, and you need a little creativity to get around all the hogwash within the healthcare industry.
    Curiosity question, Emergent----were you once an English teacher, by any chance? No paragraphs, no capitalizations, no commas, etc., drive me a bit nuts. I remember when I'd grade papers that were supposed to be of professional nature and grade down for punctuation, paragraphs, and improper use of the apostrophe. I think I gained gray hairs.

    Sometimes, I am reminded of the book "Eats Shoots and Leaves" on this site. (Sorry, I can't find the underline function on my computer, or I would have underlined the title.)
  6. by   Emergent
    Quote from kakamegamama
    Curiosity question, Emergent----were you once an English teacher, by any chance? No paragraphs, no capitalizations, no commas, etc., drive me a bit nuts. I remember when I'd grade papers that were supposed to be of professional nature and grade down for punctuation, paragraphs, and improper use of the apostrophe. I think I gained gray hairs.

    Sometimes, I am reminded of the book "Eats Shoots and Leaves" on this site. (Sorry, I can't find the underline function on my computer, or I would have underlined the title.)
    My mother was an English teacher. She imparted her love of of the English language to me. She also frequently corrected me.
  7. by   kakamegamama
    Quote from Emergent
    My mother was an English teacher. She imparted her love of of the English language to me. She also frequently corrected me.
    Ahhh.....smart mama :-).
  8. by   ProperlySeasoned
    Nursing has given me tremendous knowledge, a six figure income, 16 years of professional growth and development, and infinite possibilities. I use my brain far more than the rest of my body, and I am respected as expert in my specialty field. Nursing gave me exactly what I put into it.
  9. by   nursemarion
    I think lots of us are disillusioned in some ways. But we have to be realistic here. The cost of health care is so unbelievably high that we are simply overburdened in every setting. We cannot practice the way we were taught. It is a matter of triage every day. We do the best we can with what we have, and we try to stay patient and kind, because that is part of being a professional.

    It is hard work, for a decent paycheck. I say decent, because so many make much less. Pay has eroded thanks to the higher cost of benefits, and benefits have eroded because employers are struggling to keep up with the burdens placed upon them by regulating bodies. This is a costly field.

    I have been around for 32 years as a nurse in various settings and in some ways it has improved, in others it has declined. We have always worked hard without breaks, long hours, lots of overtime. We are always overburdened with too many patients who need too much and too little time. But it is nursing, it is what we do, and we cope or move on. We are not the only profession that struggles.

    You sound so disillusioned and burned out. Maybe time for a change? Changing areas can help you start fresh. At least we have the ability to do that. Teachers do not. They make more, but they are stuck in their tenure and their specialty for the duration unless they go back to school and then they struggle to find a job. We move about freely so count your blessings.
  10. by   klone
    Quote from kakamegamama

    Sometimes, I am reminded of the book "Eats Shoots and Leaves" on this site. (Sorry, I can't find the underline function on my computer, or I would have underlined the title.)
    That was the book that brought me and my husband together, many years ago. That, and our shared love for the Oxford comma.
  11. by   Julius Seizure
    Quote from klone
    That was the book that brought me and my husband together, many years ago. That, and our shared love for the Oxford comma.
    This sounds like such a cute story! I want to see the movie version of this!
  12. by   catsmeow1972
    Quote from nursemarion
    I think lots of us are disillusioned in some ways. But we have to be realistic here.
    It is hard work, for a decent paycheck. I say decent, because so many make much less.
    We are not the only profession that struggles.

    You sound so disillusioned and burned out. Maybe time for a change? Changing areas can help you start fresh. At least we have the ability to do that. Teachers do not. They make more, but they are stuck in their tenure and their specialty for the duration unless they go back to school and then they struggle to find a job. We move about freely so count your blessings.
    The days of sweeping in like Florence Nightingale disappeared a long, long, long.....long time ago. Over the last several years i have worked myself into a deep hole, trying to be perfect, horrified at the notion that ANY mistake i make could/would kill someone. I went down in flames and nearly ruined my career. Does that make me a "victim" of nursing? With the lower probability of killing someone, any career I went into, i would probably do that to myself, because that is just me.
    Sitting here and moaning woe is me, I've been so mistreated by the profession that I CHOSE to enter fixes nothing for myself or anyone else. I chose it out of a desire to help others. Whining about being victimized is not helpful to others.
    Currently i am having to learn that their are many other areas of nursing outside of the hospital, that i had truly never considered before. As a nurse i have the ability to execute a near about-face in my career without requiring many more years of schooling. Because of this i can look forward to many more years in nursing, (hopefully having learned to not metaphorically set fire to myself)
  13. by   kbrn2002
    "Dear Boards of Nursing, Nursing Schools, Goverment Regulatory Agencies, Law Enforcement and The General Public...." All these people failed nursing? well that's a little melodramatic.

    I can agree with at least one point of your rant. The ever increasing documentation requirements are no doubt a giant pain that can probably be dropped directly at the feet of the Government regulatory agencies you mention. With an assist from the unscrupulous facilities that made the increasing documentation necessary to help curtail medicare/medicaid fraud.

    As far as schools not providing enough new nurses? Well, ask the new grads looking for employment in an oversaturated market area if there aren't enough new grads. Believe me there are plenty of new grads the problem is not the number of new nurses, it's the number of jobs new nurses are qualified for.

    I fail to find anything in the post that leads me to believe that the State's BON [really? all of them, every state?] , the government or law enforcement has it out for nurses.

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