Received this email today and I am steamed!!! - page 5

I received the following email today from a RN/friend that I worked with and I am ticked! I cannot believe that this is making its way around the world wide web. At first I thought that they had... Read More

  1. by   NewOrderPsychoFan
    When I read this, my first thought was.... when i become a nurse, I hope i am somewhere in the middle and hope i stay there. It dosen't shed any good light on the experienced nurse or even the graduate for that matter. I can see how they become that way (experienced)and was wondering if it is inevitable. Kinda dampend my spirits about the profession. The experienced nurse appears to be uncaring, lazy and desensitized, and the graduate appears to be overzealous. I undertand it is a joke, but i can also see how it can be misconstrued. Despite all that... I still thought it funny and if i were a nurse i would probably be rolling on the floor too. When the OP said "nurses who eat their young"... I thought uh oh.. here it comes....lol.... but if the OP is so concerned about image and being offensive..why make a comment like that???? Would like to know why they said it and if they believe its true...
    Last edit by NewOrderPsychoFan on Oct 7, '05
  2. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Would like to know why they said it and if they believe its true...
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    Seems like it was said out of surprise that the majority of people didn't agree with the opinion on the email.
  3. by   Monica RN,BSN
    I enjoyed it. I found it very funny... I have been a nurse over 18 years and I found all the humor in it.. :roll :roll
  4. by   pattyzaccy
    Quote from MomBSN
    I received the following email today from a RN/friend that I worked with and I am ticked! I cannot believe that this is making its way around the world wide web. At first I thought that they had just misused the word experienced and graduate. Or that perhaps they should substitute "experienced" for "burned out" or "incompetent" and "graduate" for "competent". Then I thought this email serves absolutely NO good purpose. It is just another symptom of the bigger problems in Nursing (have you seen one of these for drs? firefighters? police officers? etc?)


    The email::angryfire

    >Are You a Graduate Nurse or an Experienced Nurse?
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse throws up when the patient does.
    >An experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse wears so many pins on their name badge you can't read it.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't wear a name badge for liability reasons
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse charts too much.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't chart enough.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse loves to run to codes.
    >An experienced nurse makes graduate nurses run to codes.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse wants everyone to know they are a nurse.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't want anyone to know they are a nurse.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse keeps detailed notes on a pad.
    >An experienced nurse writes on the back of their hand, paper scraps,
    >napkins, etc.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse will spend all day trying to reorient a patient.
    >An experienced nurse will chart the patient is disoriented and restrain
    >them.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse can hear a beeping I-med at 50 yards.
    >An experienced nurse can't hear any alarms at any distance.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse loves to hear abnormal heart and breath sounds.
    >An experienced nurse doesn't want to know about them unless the patient is
    >symptomatic.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse spends 2 hours giving a patient a bath.
    >An experienced nurse lets the CNA give the patient a bath.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse thinks people respect Nurses.
    >An experienced nurse knows everybody blames everything on the nurse.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse looks for blood on a bandage hoping they will get to
    >change
    >it.
    >An experienced nurse knows a little blood never hurt anybody.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse looks for a chance "to work with the family."
    >An experienced nurse avoids the family.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse expects meds and supplies to be delivered on time.
    >An experienced nurse expects them to never be delivered at all.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse will spend days bladder training an incontinent patient.
    >An experienced nurse will insert a Foley catheter.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse always answers their phone.
    >An experienced nurse checks their caller ID before answering the phone.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse thinks psych patients are interesting.
    >An experienced nurse thinks psych patients are crazy.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse carries reference books in their bag.
    >An experienced nurse carries magazines, lunch, and some "cough syrup" in
    >their bag.
    >
    >A Graduate Nurse doesn't find this funny.
    >An experienced nurse does
    Ohhh I must really be experienced (24yrs) because this is so true that it is funny I even have it printed in a frame in my room for a while now!!!
  5. by   barefootlady
    I found most of these statements gave me a little chuckle, especially when I could put a face with some of the statements. I did not take this as a serious comment on nursing, even though some of the remarks are true, I think it is meant for a laugh.
  6. by   amyandlittlejoe7329
    all in good fun relax.
  7. by   Goldenhare
    Our 'seasoned' instructor gave this to us our first year and told us to keep it and pull it out in a few years!
  8. by   mschelee
    [QUOTE=DonaldJ]I thought it was pretty funny, and I'm just a nursing student. Does that make me an experienced nurse?

    It's just a joke. I don't think it's supposed to be a laundry list of facts about nurses. [/QUOTE

    I too am a nursing student, and I thought it was funny.
  9. by   weetziebat
    I've seen this before, and take it simply as a joke. Been in nursing 30 years, and can see myself, when I first started, as the 'graduate' nurse. I never sat down - ran to answer everyone's call lights! Nowadays, I am definately the 'experienced' nurse. Personally I find this both funny and true.
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    It's a joke. I think it must have just hit you the wrong way. Read it again tomorrow and maybe you'll laugh, Cheers!
  11. by   nurse4theplanet
    Like someone posted earlier, this email is simply a satire geared towards the differences in new nurses and more experienced nurses....just like Saturday Night Live does in their skits about politics, cheerleaders, performers, etc. etc. etc.

    IMO, I thought it was hilarious and sent it to all my nursing buddies and others who are not in the nursing profession, but are certainly not "lay people". They too found humor in it.

    I get emails all the time about policeman, politicians, women, men, etc. poking fun in a stereotypical/satirical fashion. Nothing to get your underwear in a wad about

    I don't think this email has anything to do with the 'bad' image nurses are given, nor do I think it will contribute to persuading others not to join the profession. We have a nursing shortage because it takes a very special person to be a nurse, as we all know. And because we have a shortage of nursing instructors. Not because of this email.

    Maybe this message just caught you on a bad day. I certainly don't think that the posters on this board are not advocates for bettering the professional image of nursing as you suggested in one of your posts. I think they just found the humor in it. You should try to take it a little more light heartedly and if it bothers you, just delete it and tell the person who sent it to you how you feel.
  12. by   lavahawaii
    You must be the grad.. it is unfortunate that this has upset you.

    A Graduate Nurse doesn't find this funny.
    >An experienced nurse does

    It is humor, and not meant to be at anyone's expense. This may be a clue for you to thickin your skin or you may be quickly burning out. There will be many pot shots taken at you and your credibility along the way. I know this from experience. How you react to it will determine how many will be thrown at you..
    Remember, Respect is earned.

    Aloha
  13. by   sandiixx
    I am sorry that this upset you but I have to admit that i thought it was pretty funny!! I think in nursing we need to lighten up and learn to take a joke cos nursing itself can be pretty darn serious. We need to have humour to balance the serious I LOVE MY CAREER!! I consider my self the luckiest person to be doing something i love and feel passionate about And i love to see the light side of almost everything
    Have a great day!!!

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