A Nursing Perspective of "Being Eaten":The "Eater" Nurse to the "Eaten" Nurse

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    From the The Eaten Nurse to the eater Nurse
    Sad is they name, O wicked one

    That brings another down to make thyself feel better
    Know me ye from Adam?

    What wrong did I commit?

    That you should treat me so.
    I seek only to become a partner in this field of ours and be able to hold my own
    Teach me the skills, I pray
    Show me the ropes, I beg
    But shame me not, I ask!

    The "eater" nurse to the "eaten" nurse

    Hare-brained one! How clueless thou art!
    You come waltzing into the nursing world

    Full of hare-brained grandiose ideas
    With a jaded view of nursing already made
    I seek not to eat you but to show you
    And if in my eagerness I come across wrong
    How can I help myself?
    It is not a failing but a strength that in my eagerness to teach and show you
    That I come across strong and mean to you
    It is to be sure that you forget me not, as you go about
    Perfecting your nursing skills
    How then can I be accused of, “eating my young”, when all I seek
    Is a better nurse of you make
    O newbie nurse, be not so harsh of me in delivering judgment
    I seek only to help in your learning as the curve is steep
    And consequences deep
    Pray newbie nurse! Attempt to look beyond the surface of what I do
    It is only for your confidence I do so


    A day is coming in the not-so-distant- future when in my position you will be
    I pray my thought crosses your mind on that day
    So, my dear nurse colleague, be light in your judgment
    For I rooted for you all the way- ANON
    Last edit by The_Optimist on Sep 4, '13

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  2. 22 Comments...

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    Forsooth! And comes a voice to clarify the noise
    Of all the tender newbies so aggrieved.

    Would that the babes be willing to it heed
    And in so doing, cast off all their fears
    Of wicked evil bats who find them sweet
    And tender, all the better so to eat.

    For we are not all interested in
    A bite of tender newbie flesh for snack--
    Ah, no, we fear that when our time doth come
    (and ailing seek we succor in our pain)
    That no one will be there who understands,
    Who doth remember half of what we know.

    This is why we rail and snip and pick
    Ignoring protestations of "Abuse!"
    It is because we care for those we love
    And fear for when we too shall be so sick.

    The Optimist has brought this point to you,
    Perchance to ope thine eyes to wider shores.
    Pray thee go forth, resolve to start anew,
    And try to hear our message 'neath the roars.

    ~Anon.
    Oldest&Ugliest, sharpeimom, OCNRN63, and 6 others like this.
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    *clears throat*

    I just want to learn
    Brand new to the nursing world
    Why you call me dumb?


    -Haiku by Elliebean
    twigszoo, dpcRN, sharpeimom, and 7 others like this.
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    Oh, I have been on AN for all this time and never come across a poetry-formatted thread! I lovelovelove it. We are so awesome. Great haiku.

    Oops, better re-state that:

    There once were some nurses on line
    Who wished everything would be fine.
    The young'uns would tear
    And the old'uns would sneer
    And everyone clicked "Post" a-sighin'.
    IowaKaren, sharpeimom, DawnJ, and 8 others like this.
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    Quote from GrnTea
    Oh, I have been on AN for all this time and never come across a poetry-formatted thread! I lovelovelove it. We are so awesome. Great haiku.

    Oops, better re-state that:

    There once were some nurses on line
    Who wished everything would be fine.
    The young'uns would tear
    And the old'uns would sneer
    And everyone clicked "Post" a-sighin'.
    Tis all in good spirits
    Colleague of mine
    We jest and merry all these time
    Knowing all these while
    The same cause we all thee fight
    Till we realize together in this boat we all thee be
    Tis trouble all day long!
    Oldest&Ugliest, sharpeimom, Esme12, and 2 others like this.
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    The format of this thread, it pleases me,
    But harsh words from learned colleagues please me not.
    Would that all thou wise and seasoned healers
    Wouldst temper thy tongues, yay, as with patients we ought.

    A passion to pass along knowledge is virtuous, true -
    But tone of voice, choice of words, these things, they teach us, too.
    Do not forget in haste to share with kindness
    The wisdom and the wealth that you possess.

    ~selah~
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    Quote from Baubo516
    The format of this thread, it pleases me,
    But harsh words from learned colleagues please me not.
    Would that all thou wise and seasoned healers
    Wouldst temper thy tongues, yay, as with patients we ought.

    A passion to pass along knowledge is virtuous, true -
    But tone of voice, choice of words, these things, they teach us, too.
    Do not forget in haste to share with kindness
    The wisdom and the wealth that you possess.

    ~selah~
    Alas nurse colleague
    Truth you thee speak
    For we must learn to temper
    Our words with tact and kindness as we ought

    But wait!

    Such kindness and tact must from new and seasoned be
    So that we may all co-exist in peace!
    sharpeimom, Esme12, LeeLeeTheGPN, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from The_Optimist
    Alas nurse colleague
    Truth you thee speak
    For we must learn to temper
    Our words with tact and kindness as we ought

    But wait!

    Such kindness and tact must from new and seasoned be
    So that we may all co-exist in peace!
    With you, dear Optimist, I do most heartily agree!
    Esme12, LeeLeeTheGPN, GrnTea, and 1 other like this.
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    Response to the “eater”


    Begin not with the name calling, nay “hare-brained”, nay “clueless”
    Thou hast heard of evidence based practice? Tis not jaded but corroborated
    If thou seek not to “eat”, why devour the hopes and dreams of those who still dare to dream?
    Whilst to be eager is no sin, tis a sad day when the zealot is cruel but cries “alas and alack, twas not cruelty but love that caused me to shame and degrade you in the name of good care”.
    I say unto thee wise one, juxtapose not “strong” and “mean” for they be not tantamount.
    Canst thou be a rock without smiting?
    Will it leave thee aghast to learn that my dearest hope is to consign to oblivion the cruel memory of thee?
    Oh eater, the curve is steep! If thou seek to be judged fairly, light the way with wisdom and goodness not rashness and tyranny.
    Is it not wiser to teach loving care with loving care?
    For truly I say unto you eater, a day may come in the not-so-distant future when thou are the invalid who seeks my tender mercies.
    Pray that when that day comes, that my memory of thou tutelage is efficacious.

    Postscript: Yeah, we are all in this boat together
    mo2rn, Oldest&Ugliest, sharpeimom, and 2 others like this.
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    I never saw a wild thing
    sorry for itself.
    A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
    without ever having felt sorry for itself.



    -D.H. Lawrence
    Baubo516, twigszoo, poppycat, and 8 others like this.


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