What HARD truth have you learned once you became a nurse and/or CNA? - page 3

Good or bad. About the field in general, humanity, or society? How does that truth effect you and how you do your job?... Read More

  1. by   al3x117
    Sometimes the care that you want to provide for the patient is not possible. You will have to take a deep hard look at the resources you have and make the best decision possible with what you are given.
  2. by   NelleG
    many people do not want to take responsibility for their health. They just want a pill/procedure to fix the mess they made.
  3. by   tigerlogic
    Death is sometimes like a tidal wave that you can see coming but you can't stop. Death is also sometimes surprising and random.

    Be an organ donor. Enjoy every bite of dessert. Love your people deeply and fiercely.

    Also, the pleasantly confused old lady who thinks you look like an angel during the day will be the confused one trying to scratch your eyes out after dark. Be loving and compassionate to both.
  4. by   Jedrnurse
    The Joint Commission has the magical ability to bring administrators out on the floor to help. When the JC leaves, the magic recedes, taking with it the extra support.
  5. by   elizzyRN
    There are things much worse than death.
  6. by   MattyIrie
    the hard truth (s) I've learned are 1. there is never enough time or staff, ever. 2. hospitals do not care about their people or patients beyond the extent that it increases revenue. You are a number and a dollar sign. the "patient first" loving and caring picture they paint is utter BS. the money made in this industry is off the backs of every one of us and goes straight into the pockets of elite and upper admin.
  7. by   Volley88
    I don't have to listen to bowel sounds for 60 seconds each??!?!
  8. by   not.done.yet
    1. People are crazy. Like, ALL people are at one point or another some or other kind of crazy.
    2. I kind of like that about us.
    3. People do not really want to know the truth most of the time.
    4. We know a lot less about how to save people than nonmedical people believe and this dichotomy is very painful and shocking to them when it is discovered, often when CPR didn't work or there are no more treatments to be had or CHF has progressed to the point that it can't be adequately relieved.
    5. If we cured diabetes we would cure an awful lot of other things along with it. Sometimes I think it is the root of most modern day ailments.
    6. Obesity is the last internally justified prejudice among health care workers.
    7. I have a lot more in me than I ever realized.
  9. by   not.done.yet
    Oh...and learned just this week....

    "Because that is how we have always done it...." spurns a lot of push-back and anger toward educators, but in the end can kill someone's career.
  10. by   Rocknurse
    That management just don't care about you or your opinion and that's it's best to keep that mouth tightly closed except to smile through gritted teeth. And to never, ever let anyone know what you're really thinking. It will be used to hurt you.
  11. by   3ringnursing
    That the general populace doesn't consider a nurse as a real person with feelings (and perhaps neither does administration). I've had more clear headed, cognizant patient's sneeze or cough in my face and not bat an eye, nor apologize. I've had family members also not consider me to me a sentient being either.

    Also, the general populace feels any unkindness dealt is off set by the fact we make a ton of money - which is so not the case.
  12. by   morelostthanfound
    Despite so many hospitals' noble mission statements and humanitarian platitudes, I soon learned that so much of healthcare today is all about the money. Sadly, that realization took away my naïveté and my smile
  13. by   canoehead
    Quote from Rocknurse
    That management just don't care about you or your opinion and that's it's best to keep that mouth tightly closed except to smile through gritted teeth. And to never, ever let anyone know what you're really thinking. It will be used to hurt you.

    This deserves a second posting.

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