Why the nurses get no respect... - page 4

Hello, everyone. I know this topic has been severely beaten, but its not dead yet because so many of us are still talking about it. I thought I would share my opinions and I invite everyone to... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    Originally posted by TerraRN
    I wore a little white dress and a little white cap and little white stockings and little white shoes through nursing school and I felt like a jackass.
    HAAAAAAAAR !!!! Yep, I did too... while in the USAF as a medic, but at least the medics didn't have to wear the cap !
    But a blue beret once we left the hosp. grounds. And OUR whites WERE starched ! Very MUCH so ! So as soon as you sat down, everyone KNEW it, 'cuz the wrinkles were a dead give-away ! Guess maybe that was the idea... keep moving! No sitting ! :roll

    Guess things haven't changed much in thirty years...
  2. by   funnygirl_rn
    Thank you Spacenurse!
  3. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Thank you Helllllonurse.

    As for the white dress, shoes, stockings and cap.....hardee-har, harrrrrrr! :chuckle As I stated before, yes, i wore that get up. I also found I had more perverted pts with no respect for me than I do now that I wear "hideous scrubs and stinky sneakers". Strange what solid navy blue and running shoes will do for the level of respect a person gets.
  4. by   roxannekkb
    Yes, Dave, there are all kinds in nursing. I've worked with absolute morons and absolute geniuses. Most of us fall somewhere in between. I've also worked with doctors who were absolute morons, and some who are brilliant. You find all kinds in every profession and walk of life.

    Please feel free, as someone posted, to wear a starched dress, a cap, a conservative "50s 'do" and spanking white nurses shoes. I'm sure the novelty will grow old very quickly. Psst...there's a reason why starched dresses and caps fell from grace.

    You do make a very good point about how nurses complain. I found that for much of my nursing career, and the bickering and backstabbing among nurses is one of the numerous reasons why I no longer work as a nurse. I have found that nurses do spend a great deal of time bickering in the breakroom, but become silent in the boardroom. Very few, unfortunately, are will to take their complaining to the next level and do something about it--except leave nursing. So I agree on that point, nurses do need to organize and demand change. They need to back eachother up and stick together.

    But overall, your comments are rather derogatory. Some of the best nurses I've ever worked with had lowly diplomas and not lofty BSNs. One fantastic nurse had to take her boards three times--she just doesn't do well on multiple choice tests. But she was so good that even the docs used to flock around her asking for opinion on things.

    Perhaps, Dave, instead of heaping on the criticism, and focusing on the things that don't matter a hoot (like caps) you will become a shining star that other nurses can learn from. But if you maintain your arrogant, know-it-all attitude, you're going to find yourself alienated and ignored. And as for now, you are a volunteer. I suggest you get down from your high horse and seek to learn from these nurses that you find so incompetent. You'd be surprised what you can find out, once you open your eyes and ears and shut your mouth!
  5. by   funnygirl_rn
    Where is Dave anyway?
  6. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    Hey Dave, I understand what you are talking about. For me, I just look at it in the way i am going to positively help other people, one at a time, minute by minute, and the shadows that I will create when I really put my time in.

    Don't let some nurses appear to bring a downer because of their denenour or slobishness. Many kids influence their parents today in dress and naitivity (assored meds), and many nurses have families and sometimes single parent "house" holds.

    Also, you are a guy, so lets just let it go at that.
    Can I get a translation here? This post is complete nonsense to me..or am I missing something? PS-Dave-how are you qualified to judge a nurse's skills? As a student and a volunteer in the hospital I would really like to know what your assessment criteria are..I happen to agree with one point-I like to look professional..I do not wear all white nor do I wear cutesy prints but I am neat and clean with white pants and solid colored tops and always a tastefullly printed jacket.....However I do work with tatooed and peirced satff members in wild scrubs and initially it was surprising to me how well they were accepted by the elderly patients....Seems even an Altzeimer's pt has the ability to not judge a book by it's cover-so why can't everyone else? (shessh-everybody thinks they are a frigging expert )
    Last edit by ktwlpn on Jun 21, '03
  7. by   ktwlpn
    quote........Don't let some nurses appear to bring a downer because of their denenour or slobishness. Many kids influence their parents today in dress and naitivity (assored meds), and many nurses have families and sometimes single parent "house" holds. .............quote I can't let this slide-what does it mean that kids influence their parents today-assorted meds? What are you implying? Adult nurses dressing like "homies" and Brittney Spears? What about the MEDS? And what does being a single parent have to do with this? Are single parents slovenly? Are working mothers slovenly? What is naitivity? HellloooooMario-enlighten ME....PLEASE..... ;>)
  8. by   gomernurse
    My dear......personally I'd give about as much credence to what you have to say as I would the little old lady pushing lattes and chocolate chip cookies in the lobby.
  9. by   itsme
    Dave, I have been thinking about your post today at work. What I would like to know is this- If nurses are so disrespected and sloppy, why in the heck would you want to be one?? If we are so disrespected by doctors and NP, why would you want to be one?? I guess I must be dense, because for as many complaints as you have for nurses it absolutly is beyond me why you would want to be a nurse?????? Please come on and answer all of our questions!
  10. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by gomernurse
    My dear......personally I'd give about as much credence to what you have to say as I would the little old lady pushing lattes and chocolate chip cookies in the lobby.
    hehhehhehe:chuckle :roll :roll .......I suspect that Dave was a run by flamer-a troll....so few posts since he joined the site.....Great post,itsme......
  11. by   caroladybelle
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by daveFL
    [B] Nurses today are no different from the ones of years ago...essentially, they're still cleaning the patient's pee-pee and poop, giving medications, doing assessments, and taking orders from doctors and NPs. That's always been a part of the job that will never change whether you're wearing white or the most hideous scrubs.

    <pee-pee and poop - Why I am so very impressed with your mature use of nursing language here. I couldn't find these anywhere in my anatomy book. And pray tell, will you be wearing a white suit, jacket and tie?>

    The fact that a person has been a nurse for 10 or even 20 years doesn't necessarily mean that that person is a good nurse, and I've seen that with my own eyes.

    <No, it doesn't mean much, but neither does your status, either>

    For the person who says wearing a clean white uniform makes a nurse look like a bimbo, well... I guess only so much can be said for cleanliness and self respect. Evidently, these qualities mean different things to different people.

    <As, a nurse that wears white dresses, they are almost impossible to keep clean and pressed, while cleaning up "pee-pees and poops", scavenging for the patient's dentures that they threw under the bed, and wrestling with fainting junkies with open wounds. And at $45.00 to $70.00 a dress (a real dress not a "scrub" dress), plus white support hose, and a slip, they are rather pricy. No to mention, pants are more practical and safe, infection control wise, for a patient population that may blled on you.>
  12. by   mattsmom81
    Originally posted by ktwlpn
    quote........Don't let some nurses appear to bring a downer because of their denenour or slobishness. Many kids influence their parents today in dress and naitivity (assored meds), and many nurses have families and sometimes single parent "house" holds. .............quote

    HellloooooMario-enlighten ME....PLEASE..... ;>)
    I am afraid you are asking for the impossible here ktwlpn...
  13. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by mattsmom81
    I am afraid you are asking for the impossible here ktwlpn...
    I'm afraid she's right, mario. You did it again. It's hard to tell whose side you are on. Just be good, OK?

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