Why are nurses disrespected so much? - page 10

Hi all! I just started our clinical this week as a new nursing student and there is something that's been bothering me and I just can't seem to come to terms with it... why are nurses so... Read More

  1. by   lindahartford
    The American Nurses Association is very proud that Nurses are THE most respected professionals in America. This has been so for many years.

    When you respect yourself and others, respect will come back to you.

    I retired after 53 years of nursing. In my experience, the loudest, crankiest or rudest patients are actually just plain scared. Many of them scared almost to death. Love them, be patient with them and as they heal so will their behavior.

    Give yourself and your chosen profession some time. And be true to yourself.
  2. by   ldrnicuguy
    Quote from lindahartford
    The American Nurses Association is very proud that Nurses are THE most respected professionals in America. This has been so for many years.

    When you respect yourself and others, respect will come back to you.

    I retired after 53 years of nursing. In my experience, the loudest, crankiest or rudest patients are actually just plain scared. Many of them scared almost to death. Love them, be patient with them and as they heal so will their behavior.

    Give yourself and your chosen profession some time. And be true to yourself.
    I have seen polls that nurses are the most TRUSTED profession, but not ones where they are the most respected. The closest I could find to respected was a Harris Poll about a career having prestige. Do not confuse trusted with respected.

    Any unit where disrespect or unprofessionalism have thrived suffers from weak leadership over multiple levels. The hardest part is finding good leaders who are also nurses that have the capacity to be a manager as well. They are completely different things.
  3. by   herring_RN
    Here's which professions get the most and least respect
    What professions are most respected - Business Insider
    Nurses, doctors, and scientists the most respected professions in Canada
    Daily Hive
  4. by   Saraghawas
    I'm sorry you've had this experience, maybe being placed in a different work environment will help
  5. by   NurseDisneyPrincess
    OP, you're in for a wild ride. If you just started clinical, then consider yourself at the beginning of a crazy safari adventure that is the world of nursing. Buckle up!

    In nursing, you'll find that you are going to deal with a lot of different personalities, from co-workers to patients. In a perfect world, everyone would get along, have a mutual understanding and respect for one another, and there would be no conflict. I too, would love for that kind of environment to exist, especially in the nursing world. But it doesn't. Peek around any local hospital and you'll see frustrated doctors, tired nurses with cranky patients and an endless amount of work that there's not enough time in the world to do. You will likely catch a glimpse of this everywhere, even in the most perfect of hospitals with the best doctors and staff. No where is perfect. No job is perfect. Visit any professional forum and from teachers to postal service workers to lawyers, I'm sure a lot of different industries feel that they are treated poorly or don't get enough money or respect. It makes sense because often times we feel that no one understands or appreciates how much we do.

    You're going to encounter a lot of nurses who earned their degrees and their licenses to help others because they feel like they have been called to do it; others just want a paycheck and couldn't nurture a cabbage patch doll if they tried... I think that's also a big misconception about nurses; not all are nurturing, sweet, Mary Poppins-esque type creatures that are completely selfless. Most are just like you and me, working a whole lot to make a very small (but still important) difference. A lot are frustrated by the state of nursing today, and the unreasonable expectations that are put upon us. Nursing is very hard work and often times the reward is small. I think all of these issues breed hostility and low morale. You will see a lot of that wherever you go unfortunately.

    Don't let others negativity cloud what you're doing. You can only be responsible for you. If others are miserable and disrespectful (students, doctors, fellow nurses, patients) then that's not your fault. A lot of times you have to chalk it up to someone having a bad day and consider what they are dealing with. But if you continually feel disrespected in your clinical or at your workplace, you will really have to sit down and reevaluate your place there. It's possible that you could just be working with unprofessional jerks who are miserable no matter what and that's definitely not a healthy environment.

    There are jerks and rude people everywhere. There are people who will try to convince you that their cruelty is just "them being honest" and that you can't handle their great value brand version of honesty and wisdom. I say ignore these people and move on. They are rampant everywhere and are only growing by the numbers. They will never treat anyone with respect because they don't respect themselves. Once again, these people aren't significant to just nursing, but they are everywhere.
  6. by   NuGuyNurse2b
    Quote from herring_RN
    Here's which professions get the most and least respect
    What professions are most respected - Business Insider
    In Canada, though. I imagine the different healthcare system there might affect that perception.
  7. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
    In Canada, though. I imagine the different healthcare system there might affect that perception.
    I don't know how it would. Nurses in Canada are dealing with the same issues, primarily short-staffing and not enough time to do everything.
  8. by   Melvin Mokube
    In my country Cameroon, every Nurse is known by almost everybody (Non Health personnel) as "Nurse Aid" and more to that male Nurses are called Doctors and female Nurses as Nurse.
  9. by   mslove717
    Stress. Patients are scared, and don't want to be there. Coworkers are understaffed, ratios are too high, and we carry a lot of legal liability. That comes out in the way they treat others.

    I work as a school nurse now and it's better but there's always that 1 teacher or 1 principal who thinks they know better than you and question everything or try to tell you how to be a nurse. Some of it is Ego too
  10. by   cbatal
    I think it depends on where you're at, because I can say that where I am this doesn't occur often and when and if it does we have no problem calling out the person who is acting like a "mean girl". Remember you went into nursing to help people and I know that sometimes it seems like you're unappreciated but trust me that one patient who thanks you for all you do will make up for all the others.
  11. by   NuGuyNurse2b
    Quote from TriciaJ
    I don't know how it would. Nurses in Canada are dealing with the same issues, primarily short-staffing and not enough time to do everything.
    But that's the nursing perspective. What about the patient's view - aren't they the ones who are perceiving the nurses in order for the nurses to be labeled as "most trusted?" Canada has socialized medicine. The USA is privatized. You walk into a Canada ER and you're treated the same as everybody else, you're probably going to look at your nurse, or any medical staff, differently than if you walked into a USA ER and were told you'd be stabilized, but then you're going to be get transferred 20 miles away to the nearest hospital who'd accept your insurance. I've been blamed for financial decisions that I had nothing to do with. I'm sure my patient's opinion of me at that very moment was nothing close to "trusted" at all.
  12. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
    But that's the nursing perspective. What about the patient's view - aren't they the ones who are perceiving the nurses in order for the nurses to be labeled as "most trusted?" Canada has socialized medicine. The USA is privatized. You walk into a Canada ER and you're treated the same as everybody else, you're probably going to look at your nurse, or any medical staff, differently than if you walked into a USA ER and were told you'd be stabilized, but then you're going to be get transferred 20 miles away to the nearest hospital who'd accept your insurance. I've been blamed for financial decisions that I had nothing to do with. I'm sure my patient's opinion of me at that very moment was nothing close to "trusted" at all.
    I really don't see how that changes anyone's perception of nurses. No one thinks it's the nurse's fault whether your insurance covers one hospital or another.
  13. by   NuGuyNurse2b
    Quote from TriciaJ
    I really don't see how that changes anyone's perception of nurses. No one thinks it's the nurse's fault whether your insurance covers one hospital or another.
    But the fact still remains...why did this study have to be performed and limited only to Canada? I can't think of any other reasons as to why it could not have been done for USA patient opinions other than the difference in health care systems.

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