This is a rant so if you don't want to read it I completely understand, I just need to get this off my chest to people who understand where I'm coming from or can honestly tell me I'm being silly and to get over it! Thanx!
It's 2013 and there are people who still don't understand what nurses do! I had someone say to me today "a nurses job is to save lives" now it was the context it was used in that upset me. This was said because this person thinks nurses and doctors want to use extreme measures to extend people's lives no matter how horrific it is to the person regardless of if they want it or not because our job is to "save lives." Somewhere along the line this person was told that withdrawing life support is illegal?!? I'm sad as well because this information was passed on to them as fact and continues to be passed as fact. I will be the first to admit that a hospital is a business and the more they do the more they can bill. But nurses and doctors have taken an oath. Yes our job is to "save lives" but it's also to provide holistic and patient centered care and see patients as people with lives and a family! I could go on forever about this issue! I just can't believe there are people who actually believe my job is to "torture" people until they die under the ruse of "saving lives."