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Only 5 more weeks to go plus finals. Three weeks ago I started Fundamentals 2, a continuation of Pathofizz (full 16 weeks) and the worst class ever "Nursing Roles". This class is just full of rhetoric and I try to find some practical tools; however, I just can't relate to the material.
Last class we watched a feminist video of the history of nursing.
The video referred to Nightingale as a "miracle worker". Does anyone else think it's strange that Nightengale is almost worshipped?
Are there any other professions that carry lamps at graduation and have pledges and poems for their Idol?
Just a few more weeks of this
Thanks for setting my expectations. I take a similar course in about six weeks: if there's a term paper due, I'm calling it "Don't hate me because I have a pee pee!" Seriously, I think that my professors are going to keep some balance in the course. I was out and out surprised that my Labor and Delivery rotation was very non-sexist (other than the circumcision jokes).
I was just looking at my first issues of "Men in Nursing" magazine (a magazine that addresses a man's "special issues" in nursing) and it does head-on address good old Flo. Nightingale was pretty adamant about booting men out of nursing at the beginning of the 20th century. I think I'd have ethical justification to back away from anything too cult-ish. Since there are about five men in my class, I'm wondering if we can successfully get some balance into the pinning ceremony. I respect what she did for the patient and the profession, but I'm not at all pleased at being excluded.
My mind wanders :-) Truth be told, I've considered doing some editing to My Chemical Romance's "Black Parade". I was thinking that this would be a very cool song for graduation with a slight rewrite. That was before I saw the video, so I had no idea that the nurses were so prominent in the video. And anyway, I'm in the middle of cowpoke country, so a rocking graduation would NOT go over well.
Back to the Nightingale influence. It seems that there is an ernest effort to get men into nursing, but it seems like more of an issue of not knowing what to say. It's charming in its awkwardness. But most every nurse I know is glad to have the men in the profession (at least when you're in their presence) and they're supportive. I'm aware of the low survivability of men in nursing, but I seem to be doing well in the EMS community where I'm a Medic only in a rapidly expanding world of the Firefighter/medic.
All the best to you!