Licensed Nurses Only - page 6

by wwfd 17,208 Views | 147 Comments

I just wanted to run this up the flagpole and see what response i got. How many of you on here believe that this site should be limited to only licensed nurses? No patients,no wanna be nurses and no nursing students. Should these... Read More


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    Quote from ScottE
    Since when did nursing become a profession of exclusion? Help stamp out nonsense and delete this thread. This is the internet. If you want to meet with licensed nurses and ONLY licensed nurses join your local nursing association. On the internet you get people from all walks of life. Frankly I welcome everyone's contribution. If this site were only licensed RN's it would be pretty damn boring to say the least.
    Since we started requiring a license to practice.

    I see this as an "internet etiquette" and social media issue, not a nursing issue.
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    I dont think this should be limited. This forum has become a HUGE resource for me. It gives me something to look forward to( all the good outcomes/stories). I have no one in my family who is a nurse or in the profession, heck, I'm actually the first to attend college. From reading all the post about how the "true" profession is, I have come to realize that it WILL be hard and It's not always a piece of cake. But, even with knowing all of that it is STILL what I want to do. I've always had a passion for helping people and I will continue with my goal to do so. I have two little boys and It is very hard to do good in school and make it, so when I feel a little down and like it can never be done, THIS IS WHERE I COME. It motivates me even more. I truly LOVE this site! It's now a huge part of my life. I have come to realize that there still are some wonderful nurses in this world who truly care about their patients and that is very reassuring and inspirational! I especially love to hear stories from the LTC nurses who ACTUALLY love their jobs and their patients. You don't see much of that where I live. Anyways- sorry to ramble. But to the OP- this was kind of offensive. Remember- you were ONCE a nursing student and a "wanna be nurse". Everyone deserves support. Didn't you want support during those hard years? I have no family around except my husband, this IS MY SUPPORT! I am busting my tail to go through nursing and to be a GREAT nurse who truly cares and I want to make sure that I can learn all that I can. There is no need in taking away something so wonderful from those of us who truly need it and it makes a difference. Okay, I'll stop rambling now!
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    Quote from eriksoln
    Since we started requiring a license to practice.

    I see this as an "internet etiquette" and social media issue, not a nursing issue.

    My statement was about accepting and welcoming input from non nurses, student nurses, those in other professions, ect and not about any of the legal requirements to becoming a licensed nurse.
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    Quote from ScottE
    Since when did nursing become a profession of exclusion? Help stamp out nonsense and delete this thread. This is the internet. If you want to meet with licensed nurses and ONLY licensed nurses join your local nursing association. On the internet you get people from all walks of life. Frankly I welcome everyone's contribution. If this site were only licensed RN's it would be pretty damn boring to say the least.
    Such hostility. Just curious are you a nurse or a nursing student?
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    While I am still educationally speaking a pre-nursing student, I have been the roll of household/family nurse for just about 25 years. It started when I got married and became the household manager. I have cleaned up many a bodily fluid mess, given many baths (bed and tub), given medication, given shots, done very basic assessments, attended birth as a coach, done glucose testing, and many other things dealing with taking care of the sick, hurt and dying. While my education is poor at this point, my life experience is at least middle to upper class.

    I love coming here to read the venting, because I know I am not alone in the things I have felt when it came/comes to taking care of my own family. In my family we have dealt with severe allergies, asthma, unplanned teen pregnancy, fibril seizures, surgeries, drainage tubes from surgeries, diabetes, many many many bloody noses, another unplanned teen pregnancy w/miscarriage at 18 weeks, hospice care at home (husbands grandmother whom I had the HONOR to take care of the last month of her life), and other things.

    I love the encouragement RN's, LPN's, and the like have for nursing students who are working very hard and need all the encouragement they can get.

    I like seeing the posts asking questions.. "Is this normal?" for all kinds of things from the way employees are treated to the way patients are. Even from patients to the families asking. Because, if you have never been in that position how would you know?

    So far reading AN has really helped me to be realistic of my expectations for college, family life during college, passing all the licensing testing, what to expect while looking for a job, and actually practicing the profession that I have been working towards. Thank you!
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    Quote from Ashkins529
    While I am still educationally speaking a pre-nursing student, I have been the roll of household/family nurse for just about 25 years. It started when I got married and became the household manager. I have cleaned up many a bodily fluid mess, given many baths (bed and tub), given medication, given shots, done very basic assessments, attended birth as a coach, done glucose testing, and many other things dealing with taking care of the sick, hurt and dying. While my education is poor at this point, my life experience is at least middle to upper class.

    I love coming here to read the venting, because I know I am not alone in the things I have felt when it came/comes to taking care of my own family. In my family we have dealt with severe allergies, asthma, unplanned teen pregnancy, fibril seizures, surgeries, drainage tubes from surgeries, diabetes, many many many bloody noses, another unplanned teen pregnancy w/miscarriage at 18 weeks, hospice care at home (husbands grandmother whom I had the HONOR to take care of the last month of her life), and other things.

    I love the encouragement RN's, LPN's, and the like have for nursing students who are working very hard and need all the encouragement they can get.

    I like seeing the posts asking questions.. "Is this normal?" for all kinds of things from the way employees are treated to the way patients are. Even from patients to the families asking. Because, if you have never been in that position how would you know?

    So far reading AN has really helped me to be realistic of my expectations for college, family life during college, passing all the licensing testing, what to expect while looking for a job, and actually practicing the profession that I have been working towards. Thank you!
    Okay since I started this topic i guess i can go off topic, it may be petty but being the "family nurse" is not the same as being a RN. Statements like that demean and belittle my profession and my many years of education and training.
    blast away
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    I just wanted to add that as a pre-nursing student( applying soon), I know not to comment on a thread about something that I have no knowledge about or a nurse venting. I'm not a nurse yet, therefore I have no right to comment. It doesn't pertain to me. I'm just thankful that there is a place I can go for trustworthy information! We, as pre-nursing students and so on, have no clue what it is like in the day of a nurse or the hardship they go through.. so we have no right to call someone heartless and so on. It's common sense.

    I might get bashed for this but.. It's kind of like trying to hang with the big dogs but your still trying to be potty trained. Ya know? That might not of been this best example but hopefully you get what I'm saying
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    Quote from wwfd
    Okay since I started this topic i guess i can go off topic, it may be petty but being the "family nurse" is not the same as being a RN. Statements like that demean and belittle my profession and my many years of education and training.
    blast away
    Don your flame retardant suit!

    INCOMING!
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    Quote from Fribblet
    Don your flame retardant suit!

    INCOMING!
    Hey I'm an ER nurse, we don't scare easily.
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    Quote from lemidora

    Frankly, this is the internet and if you want a place to go vent without being scolded you're out of luck. Even a website limited to licenced-nurses only will have plenty of people that disagree with you.
    So very true - I've been here awhile (hope I'm not one of those "seasoned" old timers one of you were complaining about ). I started when I was a new nurse. One thing that surprised me was how many different ways to practice the same nursing skills I do there were - and that dovetailed into the realization that nursing (practice and opinion) is not a monolith. (I know I use that a lot - but it makes sense to me).

    As others have mentioned, even if there was a way to only limit this site to "licensed nurses only", you'd still have differing of opinions. You'd still have vent threads. You'd still have people critiquing your posts.

    Sometime you should head over to the political threads - we are all RN's for the most part and we disagree with each other a lot. The mods move in when we cross the line.

    This issue has come up frequently - maybe just not reading the kinds of posts you don't like would solve the problem.



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