When someone mocks you for being a nurse - page 2

by fraydar

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I just had a really ****** night where I was mocked for going to school to be a nurse. I can't explain how frustrated and ******* ****** off I get when people mock me for my decision to be a nurse and make a positive difference... Read More


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    My advice to you develop thick skin. As a nurse at times you may be put down, comfronted from management, doctors, peers and family members. The public perception of nursing is developed thru advertisements, and life experiences. Advertisement usually has nurses holding someone's hands as if caring , touching, is all nursing is. The other perception is when a love one ,or themselves are hospitalized depending on the care they perceive it becomes their reality.

    Some patients do not understand that you are caring for a district a workload of patients.
    For instance my district last week was 8 patients and I had a very needy client on top of three ventilator dependent patients.


    Enjoy the respect you earn from the people who see for your hard work and dedication.
    Last edit by LADYVENGEANCE1 on Nov 24, '12 : Reason: grammar
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    Just speak in nursing lingo. That will really make them go cross-eyed and mouth agape.

    And don't fret. Everyone who is anyone who has worked in the health care system or is a nurse (or soon to be nurse) knows how hard we work, what our title entails, and how much it took to get there. Not to mention, the life changing qualities we have that sets us apart from the rest.

    But good thing we have a place like this forum to rant and let it all out! Not to mention, a supportive community to pick you right up and reassure you that even though you're a nurse, you're still human too.
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    People are ridiculous. There are so many great reasons to be a nurse, and some folks just don't get it. All kinds of scheduling and specialties to get into, you're not generally stuck behind a desk all day, there's always something new to do and learn, you get to take pride in making someone more comfortable and healthy every day, and the best part? You get to wear scrubs, NOT pantyhose, to work every day!

    It's not for everybody, but honestly, no one would walk up to, say, a human resources specialist or an engineer or something and straight-up insult their career choice. I just pity the people who didn't develop enough manners or common sense to be polite to the nurses who may well end up taking care of them someday.

    ETA: Haha, not sure how this happened, but I hadn't realized I had entered the male nursing student board. So, I guess you probably wouldn't have run the risk of wearing pantyhose to work anyway. Still, though, I admire anybody who gets into this line of work, and so do a lot of other people! Just let the foolish ones roll off.
    Last edit by carakristin1 on Nov 24, '12 : Reason: Added stuff
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    Quote from fraydar
    I just had a really ****** night where I was mocked for going to school to be a nurse. I can't explain how frustrated and ******* ****** off I get when people mock me for my decision to be a nurse and make a positive difference in people's lives. I feel like so many people think nurses just put band aides on people's fingers. I hate this and just needed somewhere to vent, people are idiots, if there weren't nurses the healthcare system would collapse faster than a ******* popped balloon.
    please dont let that bother you in the least. I would suspect a little bit of jealousy perhaps on those who "mock" the profession. Gallup: Nurses again deemed 'most trusted' profession

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    Quote from fireballnursie
    There honestly needs to be more make nurses ! And most women find it fantastically attractive
    Usually I leave semi long posts, but this one doesn't need one. I'll give you a short, simple piece of advice...****'em. Unless they want to pay your bills or do their choice of a "Mans" job and give you the check, It's none of their business what you decide to do with your life.

    And if what I said isn't enough, then just pay attention to fireballnursie's post, which I have conveniently included right hee yah
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    My own brother mocks me for wanting to be a nurse, he thinks they just put band aides on fingers as well! I ignore him because I know that nurses carry a lot of responsibility and actually have the capability to SAVE lives. Don't let it get to you, it's your own opinion that counts.
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    I'm a veteran (Cavalry Scout), so I have a built-in come-back: We broke things and killed people in the Army, I'm fixing things and saving lives now, got a problem with that?
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    Just gonna add to this but who cares what other people think. I'm a nursing student, but I know what I'll say. "I'm a nurse sucka... But ill always be a Marine!"
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    Quote from fraydar
    I just had a really ****** night where I was mocked for going to school to be a nurse. I can't explain how frustrated and ******* ****** off I get when people mock me for my decision to be a nurse and make a positive difference in people's lives. I feel like so many people think nurses just put band aides on people's fingers. I hate this and just needed somewhere to vent, people are idiots, if there weren't nurses the healthcare system would collapse faster than a ******* popped balloon.
    I feel for you mate I do, I am a male nurse and have come across a lot of sexism in both the work place and within society. There are so many ignorant people out there who have no understanding what we do and how hard it is to do it.

    Just remember that as a nurse you will be the reason a young man has another 50 years with his wife, or that the two year old child you treated can breath again. A person is called a Hero for saving a life, you save a Hundred and your a Nurse.

    We are the true heroes we get little pay, shouted at, slandered in the papers, work long shifts, deal with things that no person should have to deal with and we get up every day and do it with a smile.

    You and every other nurse on this site is an unsung hero, and when someone degrades you for it you can just smile back and know that what your doing makes a real difference.

    keep smiling !!
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    Sorry about that! I've had that happened to me before too.

    I've found that certain people will always put others down no matter what (they tend to be the ignorant ones). I think the best way to deal with this type of people is to love what you do, do it really well, and show it. Your confidence in yourself and your successful career will make them look silly.


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