Let's just start by saying that I am but a mere nursing student but I genuinely am curious about this subject. We all hear that nursing school is the hardest thing in the world and that nursing is so much harder than other professions. Now I have no doubt that nursing school and the nursing profession is hard but let us not get too carried away or embellish the truth. Is this not the same thing that other majors and professions do that irritates most people. This leads me to ask; why do the majority of people think that they (almost WANT to) have it worse than others? With that being said-
1) Do you all think that the majority of students and nurses are utilizing positive illusions?
2) If so what do you all think could be some of the reasons for doing so?
3) If so what would you say are some of the positives and negatives to these?
4) Are the ways in which nurses view themselves any different than other professions? (i.e. there are many professions where many members have a sense of illusory superiority; I'm sure you all can think of at least one)
Unrealistic positive views like exaggerated beliefs of control, and unrealistic beliefs in self. We all do it, but some more than others. I have begun to notice that in the nursing field it tends to be more common. I’m just curious as to what others think about this; bad, good, benefits, anything really. It is almost as if a lot of people in this profession that I’ve noticed (and please don’t shoot me for this) are narcissists. Now I know this is not the case because the role requires a person to have at least a shred of self-less attributes.
Now before I get stoned at least give some input. Whenever students or nurses talk about nursing they portray it as if it is the most difficult profession. Hell I had a vehicle mechanic recently talk to me as if his job was equal to that of a theoretical physicist and I couldn’t possibly understand. Now I understand that nursing is difficult and there are many other difficult professions, but why feel this need to broadcast one’s profession as more difficult or superior to another’s.
I guess what I’m really asking is what is the point of this in not only nursing but all professions? Who cares how difficult or ****** your job is? I feel that when professions begin to broadcast themselves as superior to others they come across as insecure; almost like a sort of inferiority complex. How often do you hear or see posts that talk about MDs and their arrogant, ego-driven ways; ICU is harder than Med-Surg; no med-surg is harder; those psych guys don’t do anything; no night shift really does nothing. Its like a ******* disease. Is this not the same thing? Is this not the “being a mother is the hardest job” argument? I’m I the only person that thinks about this?
What I’m try to say is that I’m super excited to be going in to such a wonderful profession but these things make me embarrassed. If people do what they love why do they feel the need to exaggerate their beliefs of control and self? I’d love to hear some psych nurses’ thoughts on the matter.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Jul 6, '14
: Reason: fixed partially masked profanity