Truly sad- please read and consider - page 4
I feel so sad and scared to read that yet another person who was leaning towards the field of nursing has chosen to leave (see post under medical school by iwant2Banurse). I mean, here's a person who... Read More
Jan 17, '01to all my colleagues who have expressed themselves on this subject, i offer thanks for for passion and, yes, your anger. didn't much enjoy the personal sniping and venom a few revealed, but even that shows how deeply
nursing effects us as people. i just resigned
my position as charge nurse in a 16-bed icu
because i couldn't in conscience accept responsibility for what was becoming an increasingly dangerous situation for patients
and nurses alike...three to four patients to
a nurse, all very sick. and management's
response to my very pointed letter of resignation? you guessed it...zip. so, for me, five years was enough frustration. now, as a staff nurse, i go to work as i have for
20+ years and just do the best i can for those patients that are "mine". and before each shift, i recite the words of lama zopa that sum up the reason i stay in this crazy
work: "the purpose of human life, why we survive, why we live, is to pacify others'
suffering and disease and to give happiness to them. even if we cannot do everything now, just to stop one problem of another person is worthwhile." one step at a time, for six more years until i retire, this is my guide and inspiration. and, really,
whatever problems and concerns that plague me, they are nothing compared to the suffering of those in my care. don't mean to sound sanctimonious...just wanted to express my feeling that nursing is, indeed, a higher calling, one that demands a spiritual presence as well as technical wonders.
Jan 17, '01This is a great topic now that we've quit spewing at each other. I think we each know that sometimes we work in combat zones-- did you know that research has shown that more nurses exhibit post traumatic stress syndrome than any other group-- including VietNam vets or Gulf war vets? Maybe that's why we get so hostile at times; it gets to us. Love your comments, Zoe, and those of the last several postings. Maybe if we could give real hugs to each other in the workplace it would cut the stress considerably. I have a co-worker who nearly died due to medical mismanagement after a fairly simple accident, and on her 1st day back at the end of her shift as I was coming on, I gave her a hug and she burst into tears; she said she needed that hug so bad and no one had done that before me. Please take care of your co-workers and fellow nurses, it will come back to you when you need it too. Welcome back, Iwant2banurse! (Sorry for rambling so much, everyone).
Jan 17, '01I just wanted to thank everyone for sharing these awesome posts. I think I get an idea of where you are coming from. True, I don't really understand firsthand yet, but I am hopeful that situations will improve. I'm going to keep my optimism aflame for as long as possible and give all that I can right along with you.
For the record, Soundslikesirens, I respect your plight and would like to offer a truce if possible.
Have a great night everyone!
"The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it."-Johan Ruskin
Jan 18, '01Jenny P.--We DO give hugs where I work!! Maybe it really does help us cope! I think because we work with babies and young, new families we are allowed a little more leeway with hugs and things like that; we hug moms, dads, each other, docs, med students, we'll hug anyone. After you've taken care of someone's baby for 2-3 months, you can't d/c them without a hug, at least I can't. Even a soft touch for a colleague having a hard day might make it better. There ARE people who don't like to be touched, just try to be aware, and if you think it might help, give it a try.