One huge reason I want to be a nurse - page 4

by mrnightinggale 5,392 Views | 38 Comments

OK. So I'm probably pretty atypical for a nursing student. I am a retired USAF aviator after 22 years and probably don't HAVE to do much of anything more with my life. I'm 46 and decided it is too early to "hang up my spurs". ... Read More


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    I have a low tolerance for saccharine-sweet propaganda as much as anyone, but this video was good!

    If you just get past the tug-at-your-heartstrings music and cliched caption at the end, the overall video is a very realistic snapshot of countless individuals we pass by everyday in a hospital scene. The focus was on patients -- their situations, concerns, fears... all of which were very real.

    Very well done compared to some other image PR materials that focus on cheesy glorification of our not-so-glorious profession. Oh, what about those military recruitment commercials? Just as manipulative, if not more.
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    Quote from tokebi
    I have a low tolerance for saccharine-sweet propaganda as much as anyone, but this video was good!

    If you just get past the tug-at-your-heartstrings music and cliched caption at the end, the overall video is a very realistic snapshot of countless individuals we pass by everyday in a hospital scene. The focus was on patients -- their situations, concerns, fears... all of which were very real.

    Very well done compared to some other image PR materials that focus on cheesy glorification of our not-so-glorious profession. Oh, what about those military recruitment commercials? Just as manipulative, if not more.
    My nation doesn't spend as much on military recruitment ads as the US. I'm old enough to remember the mini scandal when people found out your Marine Corps used models in their ads (remember all those tall, buff, gorgeous Marines in dress blues?).

    The husband and his coworkers all laugh whenever our military does an ad (and he's a lifer). No mention of the bull pucky, outdated equipment, and an ever loving nation who forgets about them until the coffins come home.
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    Nice video showing what "nursing" should be but sadly it's not. This add is to get pts in, for the money, to increase profit all while working the staff, ALL the staff half to death. Hospitals require more while giving less and less... I really shouldn't post after working 4 12's in a row. My shifts included dealing with a pt complaining non stop they are "so sick", in pain, c/o nausea, HR in the 130's BUT refuse all medications to help.. Or after dealing with a car wreck "victim" due to their own actions that happened to test positive for ETOH, Benzo's, Marijuana, and cocaine. Oh boy I could go on, but I will stop there...

    My empathy and sympathy are not an issue, this entitled mentality and hospitals wanting to please is. Give us what we need to so our jobs. The pt is not always right and no they can't always have what ever they want, we have a license to protect and care to provide to get them back to baseline or as close to it as possible.. Sometimes what they want and need are two very different things!!!!
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    Actually, I appreciated that they put in some items about the staff. In that case, asking if we could walk in each other's shoes makes sense. Considering that nurses from different departments don't understand each other's jobs, it's hard to imagine that patients would be able to walk in our shoes any better than we walk in theirs.

    A little cheesy, perhaps, but the sentiment is important. Comments to the contrary are important, too. This is a hard business.
    AnonRNC and mrnightinggale like this.
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    IMO, you don't need--shouldn't need--to become a nurse to have empathy for others.

    But if that's the reason you want to do it, OP, then that's your reason. Best of luck.
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    Quote from mrnightinggale
    I've briefed 4-star generals. I am not easily intimidated. I guess they either will or won't like me.
    Bingo.

    From one servicemember to another, you'll be fine.

    PM me if you'd like. I have neither cheese nor Kool-Aid, but I do have stories.
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    I got 99 problems at the understaffed, over regulated nursing home I work at......

    But a lack of empathy ain't one of them.
    Exactly! I would love to be able to sit with my confused or lonely patients all night and take extra time getting to know each of my 6 or more patients but it just isn't gonna happen! Nope, I have redundant charting to take care of..and cleaning the crash carts, fridge, COWS, etc...making sure pumps are programmed correctly, making sure the numbers on the tele boxes match the ones in the computer...being a liason between pharmacy and the MD...putting orders in the computer for the MDs because "they don't have computer access".....the list could go on and on. Every time I go to work there seems to be another chore added to my list. Chores that take away from face to face time with my patients. I swear I spend more time "treating" the computer than I do treating my patients!
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    Quote from mrnightinggale
    OK. So I'm probably pretty atypical for a nursing student. I am a retired USAF aviator after 22 years and probably don't HAVE to do much of anything more with my life.
    *** I will assume you are a retired officer. As such you should already have a well developed BS detector and recognize propaganda when you see it. Or maybe that just us NCOs who have that.
    MN-Nurse, Szasz_is_Right, Fiona59, and 3 others like this.
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    Quote from mrnightinggale
    I've briefed 4-star generals.
    Me too. And CEOs, celebrities, captains of industry, doctors,...

    Wait, you weren't talking about incontinence care were you?
    roser13, PMFB-RN, Fiona59, and 3 others like this.


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