I work as a nursing assistant and go to school almost full time. I am taking this sociology class, and I came across a topic which I found relevant to this industry. There is a subculture found in nursing that we may not be aware of. Nursing has it's own language, it's own way of looking at the world, and even it's own fashion trends. I guess, in a way, I have become a participant observer. What ways may this affect how we treat patients? How may this determine what specialty of nursing we choose to follow? I'm curious to hear what people have to say about this.
In my own experience in long-term care, I have noticed certain attitudes toward especially need patients. It seems that the general consensus, is that especially needy patients are actually lazy and could do more for themselves. They choose to give up their independence, thereby relying on staff to provided for more of their needs. I believe this to be a myth, but I have heard it expressed multiple times by many different people. What are your thoughts?