Top 8 things I hate about being a nurse
The article lists the things I hate as a nurse. It is pure personal opinion and has no intention whatsoever to disgrace the profession or put people in shame.Wondering why I chose eight? Each entry represents the standard eight hours nurses like me spend in one shift. Standard, eh? I frankly used the number because I need one; otherwise if I add up all the extended hours, this list could go on forever.
So I hate being a nurse becauseÖ
EIGHT - Nurses wear all white and we have to wear our hair up in a bun. You know how inconvenient plus hard to maintain that is? Okay, I came to duty on a heavy rain and mud starts making its way up my white uniform and there it is, a stain to last my entire shift. Also, putting my hair up prevents my it from being gorgeous! Really. That means no straightening, rebonding nor perming because I have to pull my hair back every single day. Oh God, I always envy those girls in high fashion corporate wears and all-set hairstyles. Maybe nurses should be allowed to look the same. Umm, just maybe.
SEVEN - We donít get a professional fee (PF). We also have a license, and that makes us professionals too. But we donít have a professional fee and we live on meager salary regardless of how many patients weíve handled or cases weíve assisted.
SIX - We do not have a holiday. Everyone in the industry can relate to this, I wouldnít dare watch out for holidays because I just feel hopeless. The entire country rests lazily on their couches while I pin high my dear cap.
FIVE - We canít leave unfinished work. I mean office girls do that, do they? They can leave unfinished works and get to it the next morning. But nurses have to stay for as long as needed because we just canít leave things undone. Life is at stake and life canít wait.
FOUR - We are the complaints center, if there is such a thing. When patients have a complaint on just about anything, they complain to the nurse. Not to the housekeeping staff, guard, doctor, or anyone else. Directly to the nurse; blame that for being too available.
THREE - Refer this and that. Even if I know what drug to give, and I have it right here in my very hands; I canít give it, I always need to refer and ask for a prescription. I say nurses carry immense responsibility but very little authority, now how more frustrating can that get?
TWO Ė We are not treated as professionals. Leaking faucet? Faulty telly? We are always asked to do things we are not supposed to do. I mean, weíve studied four dreaded years and earn ourselves a license for what? Fixing your telly signal? Hell no. Nurses are professionals like engineers, accountants, lawyers, and your beloved doctors whom you do not dare raise one eyebrow while you mindlessly shout at your nurse like your entire hospital bill goes straight to her salary.
ONE Ė Nursing is more than a sacrifice, itís suicide. From nursing school to nurseís station, enough sleep, enough food, nor enough rest is next to impossible. Hereís one idea that Iíve thought of just now: nurses religiously monitor patientsí urine output but at the end of the shift we realize we havenít once gone to the bathroom: and that makes ours zero. So,if thereís one profession that wholly uses up oneís existence: be it mentally, physically, and emotionally, you got it: itís Nursing.
Gosh, making a hate list is tiring; but then of course, I also have a list of the things I love in this fieldÖ
8.) There are always doctors and nurses who look handsome in white and you get to trifle with them; and suddenly, the world is a better place
7.) I love it when I get in regular clothes and everyone stares in shock; as if Iíve got no right to wear nothing but white.
6.) More seriously, as a nurse, I get to see life in all its forms: from womb to tomb.
5.) I get to work with all the goodness of my heart, no PF needed. Iím quite about sure you wouldnít find nurses in hell.
4.) I love being able to discharge patients in their improved condition. Nothing beats seeing them go home thanking you for their recovery. I guess that just transpires the very essence of this job.
3.) My heart leaps when patients and/or relatives appreciate the work I have done; when they actually call me by name and boast that I am their nurse.
2.) No other profession is as heroic as ours: giving up our own lives in order to save others.
1.) Last of all, nurses may not be angels, but weíre the next best thing.
Oh you get it, Iím proud of this job: I just never admit it because itís just too much fun to complain. Kudos nurses!Last edit by Joe V on Aug 1, '12
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Joined Aug '07; Posts: 5; Likes: 62.2Aug 24, '11 by brandy1017Cute, especially like "I'm quite about sure you wouldn't find nurses in hell!" Maybe we'll skip right to heaven as our purgatory was on earth! Imagine all the people we'll meet in heaven that we cared for down on earth! They're probably up there right now praying for us and our "charges"!
What country are you working in? The Phillipines? In America, the white uniform and hair up is not the case anymore.
They stare in shock because they don't recognize you with regular clothes and your hair down!
Now I hear black and white weddings are all vogue! Maybe it came from the white uniforms. lol
Don't forget to call upon your guardian angel(s) to help you with work, we probably have more than one as God knows how much we need them!Last edit by brandy1017 on Aug 24, '113Aug 24, '11 by MamaKitty13214Thank you, Peng! Well said. Here in the U.S. we are not all required to wear white anymore, although a very few hospitals may require it, but we can certainly relate to everything you said!
We all have our Guardian Angels with us to help us through every day. I know I am always thanking mine!
Keep up the good work!6Aug 24, '11 by ConcernedclaudineThat was great. Especially the part about not being treated as professionals. Every little c/o, talk to the nurse. I hate that. Now I tell them, speak to your doctor of PA. It is so frustrating to have to be the equipment finder, the housekeeper, the translation finder, the time guesser, the food finder, the psycho magnet, the *****, or the peace keeper. I mean really. This is not what I went to school for.