Please Nursing, Stop Trying So Hard! - page 3

by steven007 12,645 Views | 45 Comments

As I come to being 3 months away from graduating my BScN, I have reflected on the evolution of my perspective of nursing over these 4 years. Initially, it started off quite negatively. I even posted a quite hateful article about... Read More


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    Nursing in academia IS ridiculous. But nursing in the real world is nothing like what you read about in textbooks. I do wish there was more focus on the science of nursing and evidence-based practice in school.
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    YIKES!
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    I've had these thoughts a lot during nursing school and as I further immerse myself in healthcare through tech work and running the streets as an EMT I just don't give a ****. I am here to help patients. Whatever ******** I have to wade through for a little coin while I do it is fine by me. Just do your thing brutha and don't waste your time ******** about the sky being blue. There is enough of that in nursing school to begin with...
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Sep 13, '12 : Reason: profanity
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    I have a very difficult time understanding what you're getting at. You seem to be condemning the attitudes of nurses in a profession, nursing research and etc.. Yet you are bouncing all over the place with your different ideas, and then you are dragging your own personal problems into the mix of things. Because of this, it is very difficult to take this seriously when the tone of your writing is spitting contempt for nursing as a profession. It really takes away from the points you are trying to make in your article, and you are better off to try to keep bias and personal feelings out of your writing tone if you really do care to have your remarks perceived as constructive criticism. You are already aware of this as a student.

    From a personal perspective, it appears that nursing did not work out for you. Everyone is different and it doesn't make you any less of a person for not enjoying nursing. Everyone has their own different paths in life. However, I feel that you are trying to justify your decision about leaving nursing by condemning the profession in this "article". I don't think its appropriate, and it would be a lot simpler to say nursing is not for you.

    There will always be issues with every profession, but the wide-net of issues that were listed are not necessarily relevant to daily nursing practice. Which also points out the most important part of this. You are not a nurse, and neither am I. Nurses who have written the exam and practice go to work every day with large patient loads, they work to get the job done. Their priorities are a lot different than yours as a student. Remember that.
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    Quote from steven007
    I want to be a nurse because I want to help people and society.
    I don't like how nursing makes it seem like it's the best and only profession in the world.

    This whole thing is MY PERSPECTIVE based on my nursing education.
    And I am not against feminism and having equal rights, but you give a teenager his first credit card and he goes nuts. I feel like the scholars of nursing are letting letting the new found authority nurses have go to their heads and completely act counter-intuitively to the profession.

    I really get annoyed why people question why I want to go into nursing. The truth is, I don't. And I am leaving, hence why I took calculus, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics as electives. I have been accepted to a masters in pharmaceutical chemistry which I plan on doing. But the fact is, I have nursed in my rotations and I have been a good nurse in my opinion. I have been praised by instructors and patients. Just because I have a view that isn't similar to yours of the nursing profession, doesn't make me less of a nurse. You just prove how arrogant and closed minded nurses can be by assuming that my opinion is clearly wrong and that I am a person who is arrogant themselves. Which, I am. I am confident in my abilities because I have worked so hard to do well in school and to prove to people that I am capable despite adversity. And you seem to ignore the fact that the nursing professors have acted less than professional and have sort of proved my point by acting in a self-indulging, superior manner.

    I accept criticism, but when you can actually argue what I am saying based on facts. You basically just take what I said and add a sarcastic tone to it, to make it seem childish; which in fact makes you look childish as all you can do is restate what I said and be sarcastic about it.
    OP I am sorry you have had such a negative experience with nursing. I have been a nurse for 34 years and it has been the last few that I have experienced some of the bullying behavior and lateral violence that you speak of.......but it that behavior so new?

    There were bullies when I was in school....elementary, middle and high school. In college there were those Frat's and sororities that were nothing more than popularity clubs. I remember that feeling of relief when I graduated nursing and got a real job and all that petty, catty behavior would end......and it did, for a while. I remember the first time I was asked about what memberships to professional organizations I held and what subscriptions I subscribed to as a part of a job interview.....I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.

    Yes nursing has changed and only time will tell if it is for the better....I wish you the best on your journey.
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    Quote from steven007
    I want to be a nurse because I want to help people and society.
    I don't like how nursing makes it seem like it's the best and only profession in the world.

    This whole thing is MY PERSPECTIVE based on my nursing education.
    And I am not against feminism and having equal rights, but you give a teenager his first credit card and he goes nuts. I feel like the scholars of nursing are letting letting the new found authority nurses have go to their heads and completely act counter-intuitively to the profession.

    I really get annoyed why people question why I want to go into nursing. The truth is, I don't. And I am leaving, hence why I took calculus, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics as electives. I have been accepted to a masters in pharmaceutical chemistry which I plan on doing. But the fact is, I have nursed in my rotations and I have been a good nurse in my opinion. I have been praised by instructors and patients. Just because I have a view that isn't similar to yours of the nursing profession, doesn't make me less of a nurse. You just prove how arrogant and closed minded nurses can be by assuming that my opinion is clearly wrong and that I am a person who is arrogant themselves. Which, I am. I am confident in my abilities because I have worked so hard to do well in school and to prove to people that I am capable despite adversity. And you seem to ignore the fact that the nursing professors have acted less than professional and have sort of proved my point by acting in a self-indulging, superior manner.

    I accept criticism, but when you can actually argue what I am saying based on facts. You basically just take what I said and add a sarcastic tone to it, to make it seem childish; which in fact makes you look childish as all you can do is restate what I said and be sarcastic about it.
    You want to be a nurse so you can help people, but you don't want to go into nursing?

    You aren't a good nurse. You aren't even a nurse. You have not graduated from an accredited school of nursing, passed the licensing exam or been employed as a nurse. IF you actually were a nurse, your opinion might have some weight. But you aren't. Interestingly enough, and proving a point I've often made, despite the fact that you AREN'T a nurse, you proclaim yourself to be a GOOD nurse.

    As for your nursing professors and their behavior -- we have only your side of the story, and given your attitude, I'm not condemning anyone based on your opinion. We cannot argue with your opinion of your nursing professors based on facts because there aren't any in evidence. What IS in evidence is that you're an arrogant and angry person.
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    Ok. I didn't even read all the responses yet, but this is absurd.
    Two things:
    You are not a nurse yet. You didn't graduate from school or take the nclex. So, I think your judgements based on your clinicals is a ridiculous thing to make this assertion on.
    Second, I think it's ridiculous that you are stating all of this and basing it off of your school experience and talking about research. Hello! That would be a convince study and the lowest level. Clearly your lengthy post is not based in any fact at all.
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    HA! YES! I have! I just entered the Executive MSN program at the University of Memphis. It is based on the 14 forces of magnetism. It is designed to take nurses from a more novice level to a level of leadership excellence. I learned about the IOM in the last semester of school when I was getting my BSN. I thought I was in Heaven!

    Here's a link to the Loewenberg School of Nursing (U of M) website:

    Loewenberg School of Nursing :: Executive MSN Program :: University of Memphis

    I, too, am glad I stayed.

    Rivernurse
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    Longest rant EVER! Sounds like he should have been a doctor instead.
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    Am I the only one here offended by the comparison of women gaining equal rights to a teenager getting his first credit card and going crazy with it??!! (sorry for the paraphrase; I don't wish to read the hateful analogy again.) That makes me so less inclined to empathize with you!

    I will concede that the constant debate over whether nursing is a profession or not is irritating. However, my irritation stems from the belief that all careers are worthy of respect, all jobs take a certain amount of training and education, and no one position is more important than the other. I came to nursing at the age of 30; I'm 32 now and so I have a fair amount of prior work experience under my belt- lots of service industry jobs in particular. I apply the same work ethic to nursing that I applied to my jobs as a line cook/dishwasher/bookseller/housekeeper/CNA and it is immaterial to me whether my job is considered a "profession"; my work is no more or less crucial than the work of the janitorial staff, CNAs, or doctors.
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