The opposite of nursing????

  1. We have an assigment to write our response to the question "What is the opposite of nursing, in your opinion"

    How would you all answer this? I'm not sure where to go with this. Would you compare nursing to other professions or just list the opposite qualities of nursing? I know there's no right or wrong on this, but I'm lost on where to go with this!

    One of my friends in my class is writing on how she believes that doctors are the opposite of nursing. It's a great concept but I can't take her idea and go with it. KWIM?

    Any ideas would be VERY appreciated!
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    Perhaps it IS nursing. What is the commonly held belief about what nursing is? look at the movies, ad papers - whaat do people think we do and what do they think we are. Then describe the reality. Actually can I write this I could have fun!! Take exerpts from romance novels and then write "reality" stories ( or copy some from this board) as opposites!
  4. by   researchrabbit
    The opposite of helping people could be hurting people. Crime? War?

    Or maybe it's prevention of healing? Disease?

    (I liked Gwenith's ideas...that would be a fun paper!)
  5. by   HazeK
    medicine

    nursing takes care of the patient....
    medicine diagnoses and treats a disease!
  6. by   kittylilly
    hi javamom, i will trade papers any day. this sounds like a fun topic. allmost the jeckle and hide paper. maybe the good nurse bad nurse senerio. like kathy bates in "misery" and florence nightengale. good luck and have some fun with it :d lilly
  7. by   dabestrn
    Opposite of nursing? Maybe a patient. Maybe a person who has no respect for his/hers or anyone elses well being. A drug dealer/addict. Maybe a politician, they recieve great amounts of money from tobacco lobbyers, send people to war, set laws that may affect ppls health in negative ways?
  8. by   GraceyB
    I say the opposite of nursing is the public's image of nurses vs. the actual job of the nurses. Like the all famous white skirt uniform with the cap. The fact that nurses just hold the patient's hand and put a wet wash cloth on the person's brow for fever to come down. Nurses do much, much more than that.

    On the other hand the opposite of nursing can also be the patient. The person recieving the care vs. the caregiver
  9. by   RNonsense



    Tough assignment. How to narrow down the opposite of all this. To do nothing?
  10. by   baseline
    I agree that the public's perception of nursing is opposite of what nursing actually is....and it would make a GREAT paper! Very timely topic.
  11. by   jeannet83
    I think of nursing as caring. So i guess the opposite of nursing is not caring. Devoid (?spelling) of caring. Apathetic

    Just a thought-Jeanne
  12. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by GraceyB
    I say the opposite of nursing is the public's image of nurses vs. the actual job of the nurses. Like the all famous white skirt uniform with the cap. The fact that nurses just hold the patient's hand and put a wet wash cloth on the person's brow for fever to come down. Nurses do much, much more than that.

    Yes. That would make a great paper:
    The Image of Nursing vs. The reality of Nursing- A Study in Opposites
  13. by   colleen10
    I like the idea of Perception vs. reality. That's really cool.

    You absolutely MUST mention that new Herbal Essence commercial with the Nurse just sitting around watching the patient sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. by   babynursewannab
    I just read this post and told my friend about it on the phone.

    Her response: "Nursing SCHOOL" :chuckle

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