Quote from lovedijah
I think thats the issue for some people. Don't act like their BSN isn't "important", and they won't act like your ADN isn't "important". It goes both ways.
The same way ADNs want a distinction from LPNs. The same way LPNs don't want to be called CNAs. The same way CNAs don't want to be called dietary staff who just pass trays or whatever else.
Just my thoughts.
THIS is an excellent point. We are all in this together and there is no need to try to one up each other. I come at this as an EMT and it frustrates me knowing that with my 6 months of education that basically prepares me to merely package a patient for safe delivery to the people who CAN actually help them, that my fellow EMTs think they know more than doctors. Why? Because they aren't in the field? WHAT? I try to explain, most ER docs get their start in EMS. EMTs are a dime a dozen in med school. We don't get to play that card. And please don't come to work telling me that your last shift you proudly went off on a doctor and told him his course of action in the emergency situation you delivered to him was stupid or "idiotic". Last I checked he knows much more about the human body than we do.
It all boils down to respect for your fellow co workers. I am blessed to work in a facility where we have it from the director of nursing down to the CNAs. Yes there are a couple bad apples, but we don't let that ruin us. When I was accepted into nursing school, my DON danced in the hallway for me and gave me a big hug. People I didn't even know at the time came up congratulating me. It was surreal. Our charge nurse does not stay behind the desk. She is often on the floor helping when things get stressful. My nurses that I work with on a nightly shift respect the knowledge base I come into the hospital with and they trust me to do my job and inform them when things change. As a nurse's aid, I could say "I have more experience in the medical field than that new nurse over there", but so what? My job is to be her aide. My job is to insure she is able to do her job. As such I do everything in my power to support them even if it's a matter of holding open some legs so they can get a better view of the urethra.
They teach me something new daily. I sometimes come up with something good to teach them. It goes both ways and if we have mutual respect, the job will run much smoother and our patients will have a better experience.