Just saw an older post pop up (from 2004) since someone else just replied to it. Nursing is overpaid?! People actually think this? And, they think that we are lazy, uncaring, or rude?! This poll apparently was done back in 2004 on AOL, and I know we always get one of the most trusted professions, so hopefully that was just a small sample of people and the results were skewed.
I hope that this isn't true now or as true, but a previous patient replied to it and said they had a bad experience and believe nurses are overpaid. Has anyone seen any recent polls on what patients think of their nurses? Patients and their family members need to be able to trust us to take care of them or that leads to unnecessary anxiety for the patient, and makes for a negative hospital experience. I think patients/family members trust those nurses that are good nurses, which makes sense. Nurses need to be caring, and skilled, intelligent, etc.
These people that do not think highly of nurses must have had one or two that were lazy, rude, or uncaring. Unfortunately, a bad apple can ruin it for the whole bunch. Of course, there are always those that are never happy regardless of what you do; you could be the best nurse ever, and they would complain because you drew stat blood cultures, and gave them a stat antibiotic that saved their life before giving them their sprite zero lol. But, I don't think that accounted for an entire poll. Has anyone seen any other polls done recently? I think nursing care varies from unit to unit and place to place. When you hear of negative experiences, it's typically from an entire unit or facility (and that's probably because the patient ratios are poor there).
This doesn't bother me too much, but it does bother me when nurses are not good nurses. Patients rely on us to take care of them in their time of need and are dependent once they hit that hospital door. And, patients wouldn't think we are lazy if they didn't encounter a lazy nurse or 2 in their time. Unfortunately, you can have 40 great nurses, but 1 bad nurse will overshadow the great ones in peoples' minds.
I'm fortunate to work with a wonderful bunch who are great with the patients, advocate for them, are intelligent, and work well as a team. We don't let another nurse drown. We help her/him so the patient gets what they need.