Nurse bashing...what the cr@p?

  1. This is a vent, and I want to know if you all go through this too.
    I was sitting in class a few weeks ago when one of the other students decided nursing wasn't for her, she was giving up her spot in the program. So, this girl chimes in that she doesn't blame her. She then proceeds to absolutely bash being a nurse. She's going into the PA program and her reasoning for not going the RN route was that she didn't have to do any of the gross stuff then. :angryfire This has been perculating for a few weeks now. It really irritated me. She carried on and on about all the things I'd be doing that she wouldn't have to. I thought it was childish. WHAT THE CR@P! I find that so irritating and RUDE.

    I am beginning to see a pattern though. People are either thrilled for you (until they find out your "only" going for the ADN) or you get the big fat "why". Well, quite frankly...because...I want to spend more then 5 minutes with a patient and be the one who does the gross stuff in a way that makes them feel less embarrassed or humiliated. I want to be the one to stand up for these people when no one else will. Ya know! What kills me the most is that this girl seriously thought she'd never encounter anything "gross". I swear!

    Why don't nurses get any respect? When I win the lottery I am going to do an ad campaign promoting what makes nurses so special. Then, the whole world will respect us!

    But really, I am so sick of people saying "what do you wanna do THAT for".
    Thanks for the rant.
    Suzi
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   bowkerj
    [quote=suzi_h]This is a vent, and I want to know if you all go through this too.
    I was sitting in class a few weeks ago when one of the other students decided nursing wasn't for her, she was giving up her spot in the program. So, this girl chimes in that she doesn't blame her. She then proceeds to absolutely bash being a nurse. She's going into the PA program and her reasoning for not going the RN route was that she didn't have to do any of the gross stuff then. :angryfire This has been perculating for a few weeks now. It really irritated me. She carried on and on about all the things I'd be doing that she wouldn't have to. I thought it was childish. WHAT THE CR@P! I find that so irritating and RUDE.

    I am beginning to see a pattern though. People are either thrilled for you (until they find out your "only" going for the ADN) or you get the big fat "why". Well, quite frankly...because...I want to spend more then 5 minutes with a patient and be the one who does the gross stuff in a way that makes them feel less embarrassed or humiliated. I want to be the one to stand up for these people when no one else will. Ya know! What kills me the most is that this girl seriously thought she'd never encounter anything "gross". I swear!

    Why don't nurses get any respect? When I win the lottery I am going to do an ad campaign promoting what makes nurses so special. Then, the whole world will respect us!

    Suzi - That girl in your class sounds like ******. She may do "less gross stuff" as a PA but medicine is icky no matter what your title, right!? Look at all the gross stuff MDs do, poking around in people's behinds for example. Ewwwww! Also, there are plenty of less gross nursing jobs like case management, out patient clinics, and school nursing to name a few. I think there will always be people who wouldn't make the same career choices and people who might even try to make me feel bad for making them, but I'm beginning to see that the only opinion about my choices that is important is my own. Also, I think nurses are very respected. Almost everyone I encounter thinks it is a noble job -they may not ever want to be a nurse themselves but they are sure grateful we're around!

    Hope this helps...

    J
  4. by   GooeyRN
    And she thinks she's never going to have to see snot, poop, or puke being a PA? She may not have to be the one to clean it up, but she is still going to have to see it! She will still be around bacteria and virus's too! We need to do whatever makes us happy in life. I hope that she is happy with her decision. Besides, with an attitude like that, would you want her to be you or your loved ones nurse? Maybe its best she left the program...
  5. by   nurse2be2007
    You know I just dont understand it. Why do people who do NOT want to be a nurse, put nursing down. I have my theory on it though. I believe that deep down they know that nursing is a very respected job, that we are the ones that take care of the patients, making sure they are comfortable, at ease and not embarrassed. If it werent for the nurses, patients would just be another number on another chart. We make the difference in these people's lives. Non medical and other medical persons KNOW THIS! They are only trying to justify their decisions and they feel intimidated by the important responsibility that nurses have.

    Whenever I encounter someone like this, I just tell them that if they are happy with what they do then why do they feel the need to bash what I chose to do unless they feel inferior. This usually gets them to back track and start talking great things about nursing as a profession verses their profession. It cracks me up when you throw it in their face and they become putty in your hands LOL. Not everyone is cut out to be a nurse, it really takes a special person but it also takes a special person to be a kindergarten teacher too. LOL We are no better than the nest person but they are no better than us either! Dont get mad about the bashing just turn it around on them.
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    Boy is she in for a rude awakening

    If she keeps it up, then soon she will be back at the beginning begging for a spot in the program. I wish her well (sarcastically)
  7. by   Daytonite
    Honestly, this kind of stuff doesn't go on except in school. These kinds of discussions wouldn't go on between nurses and PAs in the hospital. Just ignore what this person is saying. She doesn't know what she's talking about, I guarantee you. She's going to be singing a different tune as a PA when she finds out that she's going to be a physician's lackey and doing plenty of gross stuff. Not only that, but she is going to be treated and spoken to as if she were a nurse, particularly by patients, who don't quite understand the distinction between the different jobs. She's gonna love that! So, don't be upset. I'm not trying to be deliberately mean, but most students have no idea what it is like to work as nurses in the real world. I, on the other hand, have been a nurse for 30 years. I'm telling you, just ignore these numbskulls. They are in for a rude awakening. Focus your energies and emotions on your own studies. You will have the last laugh on Miss PA down the road. She's a quitter. She's already demonstrated that by dropping out of nursing. She also makes poor decisions, or else she would have checked out nursing more thoroughly before beginning the nursing program. She's not so great, kiddo, when you look at it that way. Keep on with your studies. I promise, it's not all gross stuff, it's not.
  8. by   Altra
    Hang in there Suzi ... you will encounter comments such as these from time to time. Just keep reminding yourself that they come from extremely narrowly-focused views of nurses and nursing care.

    As for Ms. PA ... if it helps you, just picture her as she does her first I&D (incision & drainage) of some nasty abscess. It'll be beyond gross, trust me. What goes around, comes around, as grandma would say.
  9. by   NJNursing
    I'm guessing Miss-Wannabe-PA is going to find out what the "real world" has in store for her. She's just going to be doing as much if not MORE gross stuff such as doing all kinds of funky cultures and rectal swabs and suturing and all kinds of other blood and gore things. And out in the "real world" very few nurses end up dealing with poopy butts and cleaning up vomit. I know in my area techs to all of that work. And nursing has come a LONG way in the last quarter century. We're no longer the "yes people" to doctors. We've got our own authority and our own opinions and a lot of the times know as much if not more than many doctors. We've got to so that we can be able to question when they're making a wrong decision for a patient.

    She was probably just mad because she wasn't doing well and couldn't stomach the grunt work. But if you can't hack the grunt work you won't be able to hack the real work. Let it roll off your back. Our profession is fantastic right now and is the "in job" to have and one of the most high in demand and getting relative pay for that demand.
  10. by   eandgsma
    You are NOT alone! I had this same issue with a girl in one of my classes that I posted about. Not only is she an LVN, she is pursuing her NP and she started bashing the nursing program that I will be attending. But before she did that, she started going off on how she wants to be an NP because she didn't want to have to be cleaning up after patients all the time and doing all sorts of gross stuff. Then she starts telling me all the things that I'm going to be doing as a nurse. I was like...no kidding. She was questioning whether I really wanted to be a nurse! I had to tell her that none of the stuff she was telling me bothered me and that with two little boys, I had seen all the things she was already describing. Not too mention that I worked in a hospital already, etc. Anyway, some people just think they are "better" than being a nurse. That girl is just a stuck up little snot who will have another thing coming when she goes to PA school. Do you know any PA that doesn't have to deal with gross things at one time or another??? I don't!
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    What kills me the most is that this girl seriously thought she'd never encounter anything "gross".
    You don't have to be a nurse to encounter "gross".

    Ask anyone with children. At some point in childhood, the kid picks a huge booger and hlds it up for everyone to see.
  12. by   nurse4theplanet
    I have found that ALL the students that can't hack the nursing program take on this attitude. In reality she is feeling low because she didn't make it and just wants to bring others down to boost her own self-image. She probably won't be able to hack it in PA school either, so next time when she is taking your order at burger king and talking about how she is going to get her law degree...just smile and ask for extra ketchup (yes....I am referring to a personal situation )

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