Jan 12, '12
The amount of knowledge you have is totally up to you. As an "old timer" I am proud of what I know. I knew my nursing education did not stop at school, but continued at the bedside to better care for my patients. In the days before Fax's and tele imaging, intensivists, and hospitalist......we the bedside nurses were the one's that told the cardiologist what the 12 lead ekg showed. We dealt with the open hearts and "numbers" without the benefit of having anyone but ourselves to depend on (an standing orders) I suggested treatments and collaboratively was allowed to follow my instincts and change a patients outcome. The MDs that taught me to care for their patients were generous giving men who treated us as a part of the team....as an equal team member.
I have seen this easy collaboration slowly slip away. That is what I find most disappointing.
While I believe that BSN is the next natural step for nursing education and minimal education requirement. I have never felt the need to, I believe the phrase was "eliminate", any of my peers. I also believe you can't learn to be a nurse online. I also believe that you shouldn't be able to take the NCLEX until you pass.....no matter how many times it takes.
We shared in our knowledge and supported each other and shared our knowledge. Somewhere along the line we have decided to degrade the value of our fellow nurses and have therefore become hoarders of "individual" knowledge terrified if we share what we know we are no longer worthy somehow. Somewhere along the line we have engaged in school age banter "my ball is better than your ball" playground bullying......and that makes me sad. NO member of any team is more or less worthy that the other as well all contributions that are valuable. We took pride at being good at what we did, always eager to learn more.
Knowing that a patient was admitted with DVT and needs a ultrasound done does not depend on how many degrees you process. It depends on having bedside experience to know what to suggest to the MD when he may have forgotten to.....he's only human (or new) too. Knowing to check the PTT before giving coumadin is a nursing responsibility and has nothing what so ever to do with how many degrees one possess. It has to do with caring for your patients and wanting to to your very best.....all the time every time.
I don't feel nurses should be removed from the bedside. We save patients lives very day by what we do, or don't so....or prevent others from doing. We are the 24/7 eyes and ears for patient treatment and care and the more we put each other down the more we will be held down.....unable to evolve and grow.
To the OP. You talk of burnout in other threads/posts and have only been a Registered Nurse for a year and a half. If you feel so frustrated by lack of learning my question to you is why have you stopped trying to gain knowledge. How many inservices/seminars have you attended. How many professional organizations are you involved in.....do you belong to the ENA? Are you going to New Orleans for the conference? Do you have your CEN, ENPC, ATLS? If you don't then your education, or lack of education, and learning is in your hands.
When I became a nurse....all wanted to be was a nurse. You don't have to be a doctor to be knowledgeable you just have to have a thirst for knowledge and the iniciative to go and get it.
Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 12, '12