Does anyone else feel like their job is comprised of conflicting expectations?
1) The ANA would like to see nursing elevated to a professional level comparable to physicians:
Improve practice through research, attend committees, police residents so they don't inadvertently kill our patients, have a fairly in depth knowledge of all of the medications that we administer and the pathophysiology of our patients' disease processes, educate staff/patients/families, become more active in legislature, etc....
2) But its pretty hard to feel like an educated professional when you spend most of your time in work attire that is fractionally more presentable than pajamas, all while:
Cleaning poop, giving bed baths, executing general housekeeping tasks, fetching maalox, serving meals, running to xray, running back from xray, turn the 500lb patient on his left side, turn the 500lb patient on his right side....and lets not forget my personal favorite: serve as unit bouncer when your ETOH w/d patient with homicidal/suicidal ideation tries to take you down on his way to happy hour.
May 11, '10
I have never felt diminished or conflicted as an RN by performing pt care. I usually know more about my pt at the end of the shift, than the nurse who did not empty a bedpan or T&R. Is it a matter of not having enough time for both?
Last edit by imintrouble on May 11, '10
May 11, '10
Cleaning poop = Toxic waste management
Giving bed baths = Hygienics specialist
Executing general housekeeping tasks = Environmental operations manager
Fetching maalox = Neutralization facilitator
Serving meals = Fuel exchange expert
Running to and from xray = Objective driven
Turning the 500 pound patient = Advanced object manipulation
Serving as unit bouncer = Conflict resolution
It's all about perspective....
Plus, surgeons wear jammies too
Last edit by metal_m0nk on May 11, '10