The Ramblings of a Nurse - page 2

"No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this - 'devoted and obedient'. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a... Read More

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    first of all, i want to say i'm very sorry about the loss of your mother. i can see how your faith would be tested after that. i think you chose your occupation-not for money, but to help people, especially a loved one such as your mom. nothing wrong with that at all. i am not a nurse, but i'm very interested in becoming a cna. i read the forums and i even signed up. i just find the forums interesting. but they are real life forums. i love reading about peoples individual experiences. i don't think you were ranting in your forum at all. i think you are right on. i think nurses do get treated badly. i've seen it myself in hospitals. i mean, i understand patients are in pain and are very uncomfortable so they may lash out at whomever is taking care of them. however, there is no excuse for anyone sick or not to call nurses "stupid". nothing against doctors, but the nurses know the patient better than the doctors do for the most part. doctors may think they are "god", but in reality we all know that isn't the case. without well would the doctors function? they probably wouldn't function nearly as efficiently. that's a fact!
    i know you must get discouraged on a daily basis, but know you are not stupid and that you are making a difference in someone elses life. i always appreciate nurses. my friend has a shirt that says "nurses are here to save your ass-not kiss it". take that however you'd like. keep your chin up and keep on keeping on. i know it's easier said than done. good luck hun!

    --- i really am grateful that you appreciate us. thank you for your encouraging words. we need more people like you.

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    I agree that there is no reason why nurses should not be compensated well for the work they do. It seems that everything falls on the nurses; everything is blamed on the nurses. Other departments in the hospital environment make as much or more than nurses. I was shocked to find that an assistant physical therapist with 2 years education make more than most RN's with a BSN. It seems that every other department gets to take lunch breaks, etc., but not nurses! After 22 years in the field, ICU, I think that if we did not portray ourselves as these wonderful angels of mercy, willing to be degraded by doctors, administration, patients, etc., that we would be seen as the educated professionals we are. I remember when I first worked as a nurse, years ago, that we got a lot more respect from other departments, such as resp. therapy, than we do now. It used to be that the RN was right under the doctor. Not any more! As long as we put ourselves out there to be used and abused, we will be. I am not a burned-out nurse; I now only work part-time in a non-stressful job. But after seeing nursing for what it really is all these years, I think it is time for nurses to demand more respect, pay and prestige than we get. A friend of mine once said, "well, we're all nurses." She was not a nurse, but just assumed all it took was caring for people. No idea of the amount of education and sacrifices we make.
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    Nursing really does not honor long term commitments. Nurses who have worked years giving up Holidays and working weekend are not compensated with much more that new grads recieve. In most profession years of service working weekends and holidays would be appreciated and rewarded.
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    As long as we have people in this profession who insist on terming it "A calling from God", "A Mission", or "Something I would still take a paycut for, because no one else would care for them"; and put up with insane ratios because it's a "challenge" (I took 7 pt.s, 5 on drips, 4 titrations and ALL on teles going off every 2 minutes, and I survived!)we will always be seen as workers, rather than a profession.Apparently, we do NOT have the good sense to say when enough is enough.
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    I've been a nurse for 5 long years and it is a second career for me after working 18 years in the IT field. Every day I am amazed and flabbergasted at the treatment we get from doctors and other healthcare professionals; and even other nurses! I like the work I do, consider myself a 'true blue' patient advocate, but it is the hardest work I've ever performed in my life. No one ever told me that in addition to being blamed for everything that is wrong or goes wrong, I am also a housekeeper, maid, conceirge, plumber, maintenance worker, computer programmer, etc. Of all the "slaps in the face" that I incur every day, there is no bigger "slap" than my paycheck. I am DEFINITELY not paid appropriately for all the work I do and it is truly a crime. How do we as nurses change this lack of respect for our work in the healthcare community? What do we have to do? I'm ready to start burning bed sheets and picketing in front of the Capitol!!! Uugh!
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    It is interesting that both you and I came into nursing via other fields and are older, perhaps, than most entering this field. I agree with you. After spending 20 years writing and editing for various corporate and nonprofit entities, I can truly say that a) I have never worked so hard, b) have never had more responsibility, c) have never liked a job better, and d) have never been so underpaid (after all, it's only people's lives we deal with!).

    I have a friend in California who makes basically double what I make and, even more amazing, there is someone who replaces her for lunch and breaks, so the overhead pages and telephone calls actually go to another person. She can even pee in private without interruption--what a concept!

    I think it is lack of organization within nursing and a complete "martyr" mentality that many nurses have that doom us. Nothing will change until nurses stop thinking this is a work of "sanctity" in which compensation is irrelevant and until nurses ORGANIZE together and demand better conditions. I don't think we are the only group of employees in the US getting screwed, but I think we are much more necessary than most, and if we stood together and demanded better conditions, especially as a united workforce, we could have both better pay and better working conditions. (We could pee!!!!!)

    Thanks for your comments.
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    I found, when I started my training, that there were many in my class who cared nothing for the profession but rather were more concerned with getting their first bursary cheque. Needless to say these were the individuals who upon learning they had to actually work and god forbid care about others, ran out the door and never came back. Lets face it, I doubt anyone would become a nurse if we were't getting paid however I agree it takes a certain person/personality to be able to survive in the job and give 100% (even when you don't feel it) After 8 years of working from a care assistant to a RMN my pay has got better, my enjoyment has never faded and I still believe (at times) I make a diffference.
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    I give 100% to the job and it shows. I have seen what nurses who are not in it for love of the job are like and I actually pity them. I will fight for my raises and every penny that I feel is owed to me as a sign of my value to my employer and myself. I think that I am priceless and have every right to earn the money that I do. People who belittle me or my job are a waste of skin and should be ignored.
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    OMG!I have never heard anyone cry more,other than union teachers about how badly they have it......You people are so full of it! Nurses make a good living for what they do. If you want to get rich get into real estate or some other type of sales....and the nurse that says a physical therapy assistant makes more than a BSN nurse your drunk or something....the national average for PT assistant is 34-54k. And the RN is 54k-78k.....stop crying and be proud of your profession for what it is not what you wish it could be
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    I could not do this job, NO MATTER WHAT THE PAY, if I did not enjoy what I do. We need the income, but not badly enough to do something I hate. I do what I do because I truly love my job. I care about my patients. I like my coworkers. I love the adrenaline rush and the feeling of accomplishment when things go south and we mobilize and get things done.
    It may not be all peachy, but no one ever said a rose would not have some thorns.
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