What do you mean I'm not a REAL nurse?!? - page 3

During my last week of RN school, I noticed there was this unspoken expectation for all RN graduates to become hospital nurses, apparently, I did not get the memo! At my pinning ceremony, I watched... Read More

  1. by   djh123
    Quote from Avill
    I'm a school nurse/home health nurse. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm not a "real nurse", even though I am!! Horrible huh?
    If you do both of those, you ARE a 'real nurse', fo-sho.
  2. by   Mconover13
    I'm in TX so we are LVNs here. I get told all the time I'm not a "real nurse" because after my name I have 3 letters instead of 2. When someone asks what I do for a living and I say I'm a nurse, they immediately ask what hospital I work at, when I tell them I work in long term care I get the really sad "ohhhh". I took and passed an NCLEX just like an RN has to do, my instructors prepared us better than most RN nursing programs, in a crisis, we are often times better prepared to handle the crisis than some RNs are so please stop telling nurses that have chosen a different area of nursing that they aren't real nurses!!
  3. by   brownbook
    Most Americans are so blessed or lucky to not have a loved one with special needs or mental illness. The stupidity of thinking you're less of a nurse appals me.

    I've been babysitting my special needs grandson all week. I bless all care givers who work in any capacity in these fields. Most "real" med/surg or ICU nurses wouldn't last a week!
  4. by   SoutheRNgirl82
    Stephalina6: how did you get into Informatics?
  5. by   Rekt
    Why do you care what people think? Count your money and have a coke. Ya'll too old to be concerned with other peoples opinions.
  6. by   Ruthbutterfly
    I used to work as a CNA at a group home for developmentally disabled adults who also went to a day program. The RNs who worked with them were definitely real nurses. I appreciated how much work and care they put into their job. They made a huge difference in the life and well being of those they cared for.
  7. by   NottaSpringChik
    I am a corrections nurse but am currently looking for a job in another area of nursing. Not sure where I'll end up but it most likely will not be acute care. I have run into this "real nurse" myth quite a bit. At one jail one of the deputies told the patients (inmates) I wasn't a "real nurse." This was a very small jail and not just "real nurse," I was the "only nurse." That position was difficult enough without the incredible ignorance of that particular (female) deputy. I really hope all nurses will work to dispell this notion. "Real nurses" are licensed nurses who work to promote health and safety with our very special training and knowledge wherever and in whatever setting we live.
  8. by   operations
    You need to know yourself as a real nurse in the first day of starting nursing school. If you do not believe you are a nurse you will not function as a nurse. That is how I was trained. From that point on you recieve your training as a nurse. Regardless of how you then use that training, you will always be a nurse regardless of which role you chose. In fact, you will always be a nurse no matter what you do with your life until the day you die. You completed the training, you are a nurse.
  9. by   Mnm2017
    Thank you so much for this post because I questioned my role sometimes. Before I finished my nursing program I always said I don't think bedside nursing is for me but I still tried it anyway. I had to do CNA type work until I passed boards. I really didn't like my job at all. So I decided to go back to my old job a month later working in a cardiology office. I enjoy what I do there and still have the opportunity to use my nursing skills.
  10. by   Summer9067
    I have 3 years hospital experience, but even then if you don't work ICU/ER (or in my case, worked as an LPN to get through RN school) you weren't a "real" nurse. Every discipline and speciality is just as important as the other. There should be a standing mutual respect between all nurses.
  11. by   OyWithThePoodles
    I'm a school nurse. My dad for some reason thinks that this means I am no longer a nurse, having said things like, "If you want to go back to the hospital full-time, will they let you come back as a nurse?" or even better when he was once a patient in the hospital "My daughter used to be a nurse..."

    I don't know what motivates people to say and think things like this, but the truth is, whether we work in a hospital, LTC, case management, a school, or from home, we still have RN/LPN behind our name. We know what our job entails. I know there are many hospital nurses that have said "I could never do what you do, I don't know how you do it." Truth is, there are aspects in EVERY nursing job that make it hard, make it desirable to some, and not so desirable to others. That is what makes our profession so wonderful, there are so many avenues we can explore until we finally find our place.

    Does it bug me when I tell someone I am a school nurse and I see that "Oh..." look. Ehh. Not really, because as others in my line of work have said "I would take the WORST day in school nursing over the best day in a hospital." I am happy, and that my friend, is all that matters.
  12. by   coldcasejustice
    SullyRN, I emphasize. Funny, my dad has no H.S. education but would berate me when I struggled through the RN program.
    I made it through RN school but just couldn't make those last 6wks
    I studied later on my own and now have my LVN. Life gives us challenges, our parents- of all people- should not shoot us down.
    I've 'divorced' my father. Life is tough enough.
  13. by   NurseDisneyPrincess
    I have felt this way before. I'm currently a psych nurse and sometimes I feel like others think that we don't do as much as, say a nurse does in med/surg, ICU, etc. Each time I encounter that particular opinion, I always take it as an chance to educate someone. I normally start this conversation out by saying, "I can see why you might think that, but let me tell you..." I just see it as an opportunity to let them know that I am a real nurse and that I'm saving lives... just in a different way!

    I think all RNs, regardless of specialty, should hold their heads high; we need our psych nurses, we need nurses for babies and children, we need nurses for our elderly, etc. I would be a horrible fit for ICU, but that doesn't negate what I am good at. We all find our niche and are all "real" nurses regardless of what our specialty is. No one should be better than anyone else, IMO.