Wear scrubs in a hospital? Then you're a nurse - page 2

I'd like advice and tips on how to better handle the following type of scenerio better. I was talking with my mom and several of her sisters the other day. Turns out one of my aunts (not present... Read More

  1. by   HairCanada
    LOL...not to add gasoline to the fire..but...


    I am a male student nurse..and patients constantly call me Doctor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    too bad administration couldn't make the same mistake and send me one of their paychecks before next semester!!!!

  2. by   RunningWithScissors
    Aren't LPN programs 9 months long?
    Locally at Nichols career center it is.

    Is it possible there is some sort of LPN/surgical tech combination program?
  3. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from RunningWithScissors
    Aren't LPN programs 9 months long?
    Locally at Nichols career center it is.

    Is it possible there is some sort of LPN/surgical tech combination program?
    I previously spoke with this aunt who is enrolling in the surgical tech program. She's going for a surgical tech program. She just wasn't there to explain it to her sisters.
  4. by   kenny b
    Quote from sanctuary
    Yup, a couple of weekend classes and a pair of sensible shoes. Step right up, anybody can be a nurse. Had a lady down the block when I was a kid told everybody that she was a nurse, that's why she wore whites all the time. Her sister came to visit, said she worked in a tuna canning factory. :trout:
    You mean I can't just take a couple of weekend classes for this!!!!!??
    Oh THAT'S JUST GREAT!
    There goes the next two years of my life!
    Why doesn't anyone tell ME these things in advance!?
    Why, oh why doesn't anyone tell me these things!!!??

    This is going to completely blow my plans and bankrupt me!!
    I'll have to buy books, find a way to pay my mortgage, study, find a way to keep my sanity and still interact with my wife and children.....

    And to add insult to injury I have to buy sensible shoes on top of getting a degree!!!
  5. by   Nurse`Chief~Chickie
    Quote from runningwithscissors
    aren't lpn programs 9 months long?
    locally at nichols career center it is.

    is it possible there is some sort of lpn/surgical tech combination program?

    my pn program was 12 mo with required pre-reqs. the surg tech program at the same college was 9 mo i believe, i can't imagine trying to combine the 2. we were so detailed into body systems,anatomy and physiology, pharmocology and reactions, all that in depth stuff we do, and they focused on actual organs, anatomy, instruments, different surgeries, and functional things i see no possible way to combine the 2. not in such a short time span. i was a tech for 2 years and i see no comparison to what i do now as a nurse.
  6. by   rn/writer
    Quote from kenny b
    You mean I can't just take a couple of weekend classes for this!!!!!??
    Oh THAT'S JUST GREAT!
    There goes the next two years of my life!
    Why doesn't anyone tell ME these things in advance!?
    Why, oh why doesn't anyone tell me these things!!!??

    This is going to completely blow my plans and bankrupt me!!
    I'll have to buy books, find a way to pay my mortgage, study, find a way to keep my sanity and still interact with my wife and children.....

    And to add insult to injury I have to buy sensible shoes on top of getting a degree!!!
    Poor Kenny. Has anyone told you yet that you will have to interact with bodily fluids? And memorize a whole lotta stuff. And take a big ol' nasty test at the end? What have you gotten yourself into.

    (Seriously, man, your post made me laugh out loud. Thanks.)
  7. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from kenny b
    You mean I can't just take a couple of weekend classes for this!!!!!??
    Oh THAT'S JUST GREAT!
    There goes the next two years of my life!
    Why doesn't anyone tell ME these things in advance!?
    Why, oh why doesn't anyone tell me these things!!!??

    This is going to completely blow my plans and bankrupt me!!
    I'll have to buy books, find a way to pay my mortgage, study, find a way to keep my sanity and still interact with my wife and children.....

    And to add insult to injury I have to buy sensible shoes on top of getting a degree!!!
  8. by   Moneypitt
    I think that everyone wearing scrubs is a slight problem. Patients think there are so many nurses, and they think we have loads of time. I mean just look at all those nurses at the station just sitting there doing nothing (tele tech, unit secretary, case manager). Gosh! lol

    I love it when the housekeeping staff enters a room "Housekeeping, I am here to clean your room", and the patient asks them to get them a pain pill. :smackingf
  9. by   tridil2000
    Quote from multicollinarity
    A class? As in single class after high school?

    I can see that I need to develop a zen-like response to this ignorance and lack of respect. Otherwise I may blow my top.

    "ya, and if you're really motivated, after JUST 4 classes, you can become a doctor!"
  10. by   kenny b
    Quote from rn/writer
    Poor Kenny. Has anyone told you yet that you will have to interact with bodily fluids? And memorize a whole lotta stuff. And take a big ol' nasty test at the end? What have you gotten yourself into.

    (Seriously, man, your post made me laugh out loud. Thanks.)
    Glad to be of service. Maybe I'll become a comic instead!
  11. by   sanctuary
    Quote from Moneypitt
    I think that everyone wearing scrubs is a slight problem. Patients think there are so many nurses, and they think we have loads of time. I mean just look at all those nurses at the station just sitting there doing nothing (tele tech, unit secretary, case manager). Gosh! lol

    I love it when the housekeeping staff enters a room "Housekeeping, I am here to clean your room", and the patient asks them to get them a pain pill. :smackingf
    Is that worse or better than asking the nurse to "wipe off the nightstand and put fresh water in the flowers"...?:angryfire
  12. by   osiris7
    Yeah, uniforms are important in the world. Up until not that long ago, nurses wore the cap, which few do anymore. I'm a man, and there's a definite blind spot for men in nursing. People always ask "So you're going to med school?" When I tell them I'm a nurse. Maybe I should wear a nurse's cap! Hehehehe. I can wear a labcoat and everyone DEFINITELY assumes I'm a doctor. Works well for picking up drug rep freebies. By the way, I'm a nurse who doesn't wear scrubs and doesn't work in a hospital. I am a hospice homecare case manager and just dress in casual dress clothes.
    Once upon a time there was a drive to make the bachelor's degree the entry degree for nursing, to make it more like a true "profession" for which the bachelor's was always assumed to be the entry level degree. That didn't work. Nursing has had this problem with not knowing if it was a white collar job or a blue collar job. Engineering had this problem for a long while also. And so it goes on.
  13. by   Goldenhare
    "So I explained that I think it's great what she's doing - I was just pointing out that Aunt Mary's program isn't a nursing program, it's a surgical tech program. "

    Just a thought............if your family is like my family, is it possible that it dosen't matter what you do or what Aunt Mary does but only that YOU will never measure up to Aunt Mary never, ever? In other words, it isn't about being or not being a nurse. I had a SLIGHTLY similar experience with my aunts and a certain cousin. They were always singing her praises and explaining to anyone who would listen that "Jody" was having SUCH a rough time in college, (her unranked liberal arts college-no offense meant to the general reading public here on this fourm!) but doing amazingly well considering her challenges, etc, etc, However, not a WORD of encouragement to me as I struggled for my BS degree in my choosen field at a University ranked 3rd in the country for that degree! I finally learned to laugh and not cry! :chuckle It dosen't matter what I do or don't do in this life. "Jody" will ALWAYS outrank me!!!

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