Waitressing as a pre-req? - page 3

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. by   PacoUSA
    Hell, waitering (not waitressing in my case) on my nurses' salary as opposed to minimum wage and tips? I'll take it!

    Thankfully, our CNAs are absolute angels, so delegating is not an issue. If I do end up getting something for a patient and it's slow, it's my pleasure and not a chore.
  2. by   sueall
    Note to self: Must not ask family members, "Would you like fries with that?" Must not must not!
  3. by   dirtyhippiegirl
    Quote from mariebailey
    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.

    I made more as a waitress + tips than I do as a nurse. The nursing bennies are def. better 'tho.
  4. by   wanderlust99
    I waited tables at age 18 and the similarities are definitely there. You start off by introducing yourself, and instead of saying server, you replace it with nurse and it's pretty much the same thing. You're ordered around like a servent by entitled people (depending on where you work of course) and have to kiss ass to keep your job. Ahhh nursing sucks.

    "Anything else I can get you?"
  5. by   runforfun
    Quote from eatmysoxRN
    I would be a terrible waitress with how clumsy I am. I did learn how to make coffee since I started nursing though.
    I'm in a small percentage of the clumsiest people on earth. The flat floor has a tendency to "jump up and trip me". I waited tables for 5 years, and actually I was good at it and liked it! If you can make coffee, you could do mornings at a diner, that's all anyone cares about anyhow. More to your credit if you spill something cold on them though...
  6. by   rbekt2010
    I agree 100% Family members are the bane of my existence. When my family members were is the hospital, I went out of my way to show my appreciation to the entire staff. Nurses in turn, would come into my father's room for "no particular" reason. I think it was to hide from the crazy family next door. One day I bought a large basket of treats for the staff. As I was taking it to the desk, the "next door family member" was at the desk She was ranting about something stupid and insignificant. I went to the desk and delivered my gift and loudly expressed how wonderful the staff was and to enjoy the treats. Then I turned around and said to the woman, "That is how you treat hospital staff; stop being a *****, they are doing their best."
    This was a different hospital than I worked at. They had no idea I was a nurse and I never told them.
  7. by   ondahill
    How about the ones that stay around the clock and get dietary to send double portions and an outrageous amount of food. They get discharged and then need extra bags to tote away all the acquired. That is when you actually see someone eat your raise.
  8. by   Lennonninja
    I did my first year in med/surg and I would always tell my husband that I felt more like a waitress than a nurse and he just could never quite understand...
  9. by   neverbethesame
    My waitressing experience has been such a bonus for surviving working on a busy med-surg floor that it is almost scary! One of my co-workers says that that big white and blue H sign on the roads no longer means Hospital but Hotel. She is so right!!!!

    It is only going to get worse!!! Read it and weep. (Literally!)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/08/health/patients-grades-to-affect-hospitals-medicare-reimbursements.html?pagewanted=all&_moc.semityn.ww w
  10. by   MABSNRN
    I agree and this is one of the reasons I am so happy to be out of institutional based care, e.g., hospital, LTC. I HATE people thinking I should get them a stamp, a newspaper, a hot tea, a coke, a snack, etc., etc. I want to scream "Would you ask a doctor to do these things?" I went to school to be a registered nurse, NOT a waitress. I was a waitress before I became a nurse and I didn't mind delivering food and drinks then. I surely never thought by becoming a nurse I'd have to be a waitress too. If I had, I'd probably have become a pharmacist or a physician.
  11. by   sueall
    All the more reason for jumping ship to correctional care. If the inmate patients start making demands, I'm not going to lose my job for saying "no."

    Now, of course, if the hospitals institute a policy allowing tipping for waitressing services provided by all those four-year degree BSN nurses, then heck yeah, count me back in!
  12. by   JMBnurse
    I always tried to make my patients and their family members as happy and comfortable as I could and usually, this would not bother me. If we were really busy, most of the patients could tell and they would leave us alone. Every now and then, I would have an obnoxious family member who would be really demanding and take advantage of the nurses and aides, treating us like serving wenches and I would handle that by telling them that I would get to it when I was done with my important task at hand. I would make them wait so long that they would just forget or go and get whatever they wanted for themselves.

    I worked in small town community hospitals and the good side of this was the many times that really awesome family members would bring us food! We had a LOL that was admitted all the time and her son owned a diner. On Saturday and Sunday mornings he would bring in huge bags of homemade "cat head biscuits" with egg and cheese/sausage/bacon and fresh tomatoes for the staff. (obviously, Southern state, lol) Not good to eat every day, of course, but we enjoyed it when she was admitted.

    I guess it was the kind things family members did for us, like this, that made dealing with the few overly entitled people worth it for me.
  13. by   MotherRN
    I feel better after reading this thread. I thought maybe I had missed something. I'm new on the job and after the shift Monday, the one where the family members of the new admits ran me ragged, I seriously thought about not going back! I had so many interruptions between the phone, front door bell, and call bells that I popped two of the same pill out. When I realized it, I took the bubble card up to the secretaries desk to tape the pill back into place. The family member interrupted me AGAIN. At the end of the night, I realized I had taped shut an empty bubble...and lost the pill somewhere on the way back to the cart! On the next shift, I layed down the boundaries more firmly. I told our most demanding resident that I would be unable to respond for X amount of time while I did X procedures, attended to new admits, called pharmacy etc etc so she at least had notice that I would not be available for beck and call service. Some residents like this one are so demanding I have little time for other patients. The last time she called me to her room, it was to get her fresh ice and water (something that had already been done) and required me to back track to the other end of the building to the kitchen area then back again. And, she didn't even need or drink the water right then. And she interrupted me while I was getting something for another patient. I had a CNA demand I get a resident her nightly cup of wine while I was in the middle of dealing with setting up oxygen for a new admit. Really? I had to tell her it was not a priority at that time. The CNA just wanted it then and there so that the resident would quit bothering her. But, I would prefer that my residents were all able to breath first. Then the CNA tried to get me to stop eating (the whole 10 minutes I took to gobble down some dinner at my nurses station) to get the wine later- which I had already taken care of! Some on the interruptions come from staff as well as residents at our facility. In general I think people need to consider the timing and relevance of their request before they make it or phrase it with "when you have time". This part of the job is extremely frustrating.