Waitressing as a pre-req? - page 2

Ever feel like this requirement was left out? Part RN part waitress? We don't have any techs, aids, or ward clerks on our unit. I will always get my laboring patient what she wants, I try to show the... Read More

  1. Visit  libbyliberal profile page
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    Quote from LilyRoseRN
    Having had some waitressing experience prior to becoming a nurse, I am definitely grateful for the multi-tasking mindset it instilled in me! But I agree with all above, families treating you like you are their waitress sucks, and involves much firmness, limit-setting, and orientation to the ice/water machine room. Luckily where I am the families are almost always polite, they're just always IN THE WAY in our tiny Manhattan hospital rooms. The patients didn't seem to get the memo or remember from taking the hospital tour that bringing 5 large rolling suitcases full of belongings for a 2-4 day stay isn't a great idea, which makes getting in and out of the rooms even easier
    "I can not have all of these belongings IN THE WAY if I NEED TO GET TO HIM IN A HURRY."

    You are a Registered Nurse. You call the shots, not these *********.
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Sep 25, '12 : Reason: Changed at all **
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  2. Visit  libbyliberal profile page
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    Quote from HeartsOpenWide
    Ever feel like this requirement was left out? Part RN part waitress? We don't have any techs, aids, or ward clerks on our unit. I will always get my laboring patient what she wants, I try to show the family where the patient kitchen is so they can help themselves or even get it for the patient; but there is always some family member that thinks you, the RN, are there for their catering needs.

    don't you wish you could tell them to stop smoking crack
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  3. Visit  pecanpies profile page
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    I do wish our unit had a family kitchen area - I've seen these in other hospitals and they are a huge time saver. Instead of the nurse making multiple trips for drinks, snacks, cups of ice, etc., family members can do it themselves. I have no problem grabbing someone a cup of ice or a drink, but it's fairly low on the priority list, especially if I've got meds administer, dressing changes to perform, or patients to turn. I'm sure many people would rather take 2 minutes to go get their own Sprite than wait 20+ minutes for me to finally have a chance to do it.
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  4. Visit  artsmom profile page
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    Oh, I thought it was a pre-req??
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  5. Visit  mariebailey profile page
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    & where's the 20% tip?!?
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  6. Visit  Thunda profile page
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    Quote from mariebailey
    & where's the 20% tip?!?
    oooooooh! if only!
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  7. Visit  itsmejuli profile page
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    I spent many years as a waitress, I learned great customer service skills, problem solving, multi-tasking and time management.

    So yes, waitressing would be a good pre-req to nursing.

    I won't get anything for visitors, I advise them snacks are for patients only and tell them where the vending machines are.
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  8. Visit  SwansonRN profile page
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    YES!!! Also butler and TV mechanic would be helpful prereqs too
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  9. Visit  yoland profile page
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    So true! I actually was a waitress before RN, and it definitely helped! Also, you learn to deal with a lot of baloney that people dish out, and just let it go. I don't know about other parts of the country, but around here "Patient Satisfaction" (read Family and Visitor Satisfaction, and surveys) requires the RNs and other hospital workers to go WAY above and beyond normal service and kindness and to put up with some very outrageous behavior. It is shocking just what people think they are entitled to!
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  10. Visit  lovinlife11 profile page
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    Love this! So true!
  11. Visit  mariebailey profile page
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    Quote from itsmejuli
    I spent many years as a waitress, I learned great customer service skills, problem solving, multi-tasking and time management.

    So yes, waitressing would be a good pre-req to nursing.

    I won't get anything for visitors, I advise them snacks are for patients only and tell them where the vending machines are.
    Me too...I waited tables all through college & while taking my nursing pre-reqs. I think it does help with the customer service skills...it also keeps you humble.
  12. Visit  wooh profile page
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    Quote from pecanpies
    I do wish our unit had a family kitchen area - I've seen these in other hospitals and they are a huge time saver. Instead of the nurse making multiple trips for drinks, snacks, cups of ice, etc., family members can do it themselves. I have no problem grabbing someone a cup of ice or a drink, but it's fairly low on the priority list, especially if I've got meds administer, dressing changes to perform, or patients to turn. I'm sure many people would rather take 2 minutes to go get their own Sprite than wait 20+ minutes for me to finally have a chance to do it.
    But it's sooooo faarrr!!!

    Not to mention the families that load up on snacks at discharge. Ergh.
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  13. Visit  Beautiful Mind RN profile page
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    Good post. I too use to be a server for 5 years before I entered the health care field as a pharmacy tech and now I am a current nursing student. From my years in serving, I walked away with a lot of good qualities under my belt. Some of them included - fine tuning of customer service skills, work hard ethic, patience, and most of all, communication!


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