Nursing is kinda like waiting tables

  1. I am in my first semester of LVN school, and have realized that being a nurse resembles waiting tables. Anyone else experienced this? Not in the way that you don't have to know much more than the menu to work at a restaurant, more so in the prioritizing type of way. From what I've seen at clinicals, looks like the years I've spent pimping steaks are finally going to pay off!
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  3. by   EricJRN
    The customer service-oriented nature of the work is another similarity between the two.
  4. by   AfloydRN
    Yes and no. Unfortunately at the end of the day waiting tables- noone dies! The benefits- none. The insurance ...wait... none. The pay, not bad. But you do work all noc's and weekends.
  5. by   lilypad2424
    Very cute reply, and actually.....New Year's Eve, 1998....Table 71 choked on a veal bone
  6. by   AfloydRN
    OOPS! I fortunately did not have that experience when I waited tables. Nursing, to me, is alot about prioritizing and organization. You do learn that if you are a good waitress.
  7. by   phoenix72
    Quote from lilypad2424
    I am in my first semester of LVN school, and have realized that being a nurse resembles waiting tables. Anyone else experienced this? Not in the way that you don't have to know much more than the menu to work at a restaurant, more so in the prioritizing type of way. From what I've seen at clinicals, looks like the years I've spent pimping steaks are finally going to pay off!
    You've come full circle should you choose to work in Cardiac. Then you could see all the customers you used to pimp steaks to!!! They'd better hope they tipped well!!!
    Shaun:roll
  8. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from phoenix72
    You've come full circle should you choose to work in Cardiac. Then you could see all the customers you used to pimp steaks to!!! They'd better hope they tipped well!!!
    Shaun:roll
    :roll :roll :roll
  9. by   DoubleblessedRN
    Quote from lilypad2424
    being a nurse resembles waiting tables.
    My thought exactly. It's all about organization and timeliness that you learn as you progress further into your clinicals.
  10. by   Altra
    Quote from phoenix72
    You've come full circle should you choose to work in Cardiac. Then you could see all the customers you used to pimp steaks to!!! They'd better hope they tipped well!!!
    Shaun:roll
    Good one!!
  11. by   BSNtobe2009
    Wow, never thought about comparing those two professions, but I can see the comparison.
  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Back in the day, my customers, er, I mean patients, were too sick to require room service. And the public's perception of me was NOT that I was a waitress. Families actually respected my education and abilities. Not that I want to be WORHIPPED - it's just that they seem to forget the level of responsiblity we do have.

    I remember when a "customer service approach" was introduced to me in the 80's, I wanted to gag... I blame my employers on all this - no amount of TV mis-representation could have done so much damage to our profession. I think that is partly why we get so burnt out.
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on Nov 21, '06 : Reason: Thinking too much...
  13. by   MB37
    This might sound weird, but I got interested in nursing through bartending. I only knew a few nurses, and they were all current or former bartenders. They actually described the jobs as having some similarities - you have to enjoy dealing with people from all walks of life; talking to them, helping them with many problems that aren't in your job description...and of course, the fact that certain folks in the bar are self-medicating anyways, and that you may indeed see some former customers later on...as a result, I really looked into nursing and actually know what the profession entails, but I see where my friends were coming from!
  14. by   rrrsunshine
    I had the exact same thought when I started nursing school. Yes- the topic is different, but in both situations you have a constantly changing list of things that need to be done and it's your job to prioritize them. And you have some "customers" who require more attention than others. I've had this discussion with some of my classmates and they agree that if you were a good waitress you'll probably be a good nurse. It's all about staying organized, efficient, and focused on customer service.

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