Finish this sentence: "The one thing nursing has taught me is ______ ."
I have so many questions about nursing but it's hard to capture in one post, so I figured I would let you guys "school me" with an open ended question / statement to learn about your personal experience with nursing school
, the nursing occupation, different specialties etc. etc.
I look forward to your responses.
Also, if you wouldn't mind, could you state how long you've been a nurse, what type of nurse you are (BSN, ADN, NP, CRNA etc.) and what your specialty is?
Oct 17, '17
"The one thing nursing has taught me is,... we can but should we?"
I was bouncing off things from my 'Pt Orders Wish List' with Doc when he was rounding. He stopped me mid sentence and said, "we can't save or fix everybody, nor should we try to". Wow! that was pretty cold and callous I thought, even for me, and I'm a a Veteran.
I countered with "Don't you mean, restore them to the highest level of functionality possible?" but he just shook his head side to side in disagreement. I stewed on those words for a few days, vacillating between angry and apathy. I'm still new to nursing but not the brutal reality of the life boat politics in healthcare.
A few weeks later, I realized it was a pretty profound statement. I just wish someone would've clued me in when I started this 3rd career. Some people don't want to be fixed. They just want to do their thing, consequences be damned. Some people want to die without tubes and wires hooked up to every extremity and orifice even if it means cheating death another month or year.
Last edit by cyc0sys on Oct 17, '17
: Reason: grammar