Latest Comments by Extra Pickles

Extra Pickles 9,933 Views

Joined Jan 26, '16. He has 'Enough for now' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'several'. Posts: 1,494 (66% Liked) Likes: 4,047

Sorted By Last Comment (Max 500)
  • 1
    Susie2310 likes this.

    Most non-caring branch of nursing?
    The ranks of the retired.

    Or did you have someone specifically in mind who we shouldn't care about?

  • 1
    elkpark likes this.

    Is what draws you to nursing all the makeup and fashions? Are you worried you are not shallow enough to fit in?

  • 1
    Quota likes this.

    Quote from spark1
    Yeah it kinda makes sense. But what do you mean by care. Like.. using medical knowledge or just empathy. Anyways, thank you for replying.
    When I use the word "care" in the context of patient care, I always mean in the nursing sense not in the emotional sense, and that is what EVERY good nurse should be striving for. One can emotionally care about another person and yet do them absolutely no good, even harm them, because they are not providing good nursing care. For instance, I had a patient whose daughter was there all the time at the bedside, sitting there when her mother was sleeping and watching tv with her when she was awake. I had no doubt that the daughter cared about her mother very much but I also know that the main reason that the mother was in that hospital bed was because her very loving daughter did not want to place her in a nursing home where she COULD get the right kind of care that was needed, physically. Emotionally, the daughter was wonderful. But caring about someone and giving good care aren't the same thing. The mother arrived to my unit with pressure ulcers and dehydrated, with her meds all screwed up because the daughter should have hired help and didn't. Tell me, is this how she should care for her mother? She can love her but should delegate the care of her physical body to those who can do it best. In this case, ME!

    I care that my patients get better and leave to go back to their homes. I take pleasure in knowing that I have helped people to feel better and sometimes regain some independence. I am not a mean ogre who doesn't care if people live or die, of course I care about that, but you need to be remember that good nursing isn't about emotional attachment, caring about someone with the kind of depth you would for your own family. I think that being attached to patients is what burns out too many new nurses honestly, they try to become some kind of personal angel to people who will use them up and then they have nothing left to give. ME, I can give great care and still go home to love my family because they aren't drawing from the same well.

  • 0

    Underwear, same as in summer! I move around so fast I can't imagine getting cold, the facility keeps the rooms like 78° anyway!

  • 3

    Quote from spark1
    then do you care about the patients you treat at all?
    I PROVIDE them with good care, even excellent care. I do not get emotionally attached which is what is implied when you say "care about your patients". I care that they get better, I am invested in TAKING care of them to the best of my ability. But care about them the way I do my friends and family? No.

    Think about it this way, do you honestly expect a doctor to care about his or het patients at that level? He or she should take excellent care of them. He or she should provide the best treatment plan. He or she should care that the patient's health improves. But care about them like loved ones? No, they don't. And shouldn't.

  • 4
    Quota, NightNerd, johsonmichelle, and 1 other like this.

    Quote from NurseDisneyPrincess
    I have met tons of nurses that entered the career for "the money". They seem to be the first to burn out and the first to quit. "I chose this because it was financially stable, it was just a two year degree program, the healthcare industry is recession-proof" etc. From what I've observed, those people don't make it. They get into nursing for the money and then don't actually like it. They realize how crazy and stressful the work actually is. Most of the time it ends up not being worth it to them.

    I don't get the "nursing for the money" thing. IMO, it's really not that much money (for what we do) and also it's incredibly hard work. If someone wanted to make real money, I can think of so many other fields that would be easier and less stressful.
    You I know if you had just switched the two positions around, and were talking about the nurses who went into it with a passion and a calling being the ones who burnt out first I could have written it myself LOL!

    Seriously, in my experience, which I think has got a decent longevity, I have seen many fresh young things who after a year or two of nursing are disillusioned and disappointed and in general destroyed because the calling and passion that brought them to nursing was crushing them. They were disillusioned by the lack of appreciation that came their way, by the ingratitude and insufferable demands of family members who seem to care less about their own family than those fresh new nurses. They felt that they were giving 110% every day and there was nothing left for them to give to anyone else, even themselves. In other words, going into nursing NOT for the money but for an emotional reason was chewing them up. Those of us who can separate our emotions from career goals seem to be doing just fine from what I have seen.

  • 2
    NuGuyNurse2b and Quota like this.

    Quote from cyc0sys
    It's all about the patient. If helping someone through the worst/best moments are their life is important to you, then you're on the right track. If you're in it for the money, recognition, or anything else, you're going to be sadly disappointed.
    Helping people through the best and worst moments of their lives has been important to me and so has been earning the best income possible. Know this: I would not do this job for less money than I make now. If it were to be announced that nurses with my level of experience or skill set could only be paid say half of what I am being paid, you can bet I would retire the same day. I have never been disappointed in working as a nurse for the money. I think it is a little elitist to suggest that money is not a proper motivator. No disappointment here :-)

  • 4

    I work because I need money to live in the world, not having been born into a royal family. I work in nursing because I like it better than child care or fast food or retail, having done them all.

    I don't think of my job in terms of morality or calling, I am not a nun and I don't work as a nurse for religious reasons. It's good money for the number of hours I work, that's about it. When I am willing to get by with less money, I will retire for good!

  • 0

    90 questions means nothing more than you got 90 questions. It is not an indicator of pass or fail. And yes of course people have passed at 90 and failed it 90 just like they have passed and failed at every number between 75 and 265, the minimum and maximum number of questions possible.

    If you were a good student in a good program, your school has a good NCLEX pass rate, you prepared well and we're ready to sit for the exam, then it is likely that you passed. Somewhere around 85% of first-time test-takers pass. The odds therefore are in your favor! Go out, have some fun, do something to get your mind off of this until you can get the results. Lots of people play the pvt game, my personal take on it it is not worth the trouble, nobody is ever happy with the results anyway and still continue to stress over it so why bother? If you are in a state that has quick results as an option from Pearson VUE, pay the $8 and find out for certain. Good luck!

  • 0

    Doesn't sound like you are in too good of a program. What is the NCLEX passing rate at your school? What has the rate been for the last few years? If they are not preparing you well, you will have to prepare yourself if you want to pass. Buy an NCLEX review book and start doing questions. Go online and do sample questions. If you don't feel confident about what you're learning, now is the time to take action.

    Your grades in a mediocre program are, well, mediocre. A mediocre student and a questionable program doesn't have a good shot unless she works at it on her own. So yes you will have your work cut out for you, but it is certainly doable. Decide for yourself that you are going to do well from here on out. Devote time to studying appropriately. And start on those NCLEX questions ASAP. You need to learn how to think to properly answer these questions, you will not pass by memorizing things. Put more faith in what you can do for yourself then what has been happening so far. Good luck!

  • 0

    Quote from saskrn
    There's a current shortage in my state, and a much larger projected shortage. The schools can't prepare enough nurses.
    Do you mind me asking what state this is?

  • 3

    well I guess if you have a teacher from hell even a cakewalk class could become more difficult. Even so, nutrition as a college subject IS an easier course than just about any nursing course I can think of and easier than most any of the prerequisites I can think of as well. If you find nutrition to be difficult then I'm not sure what you'd make of core nursing classes to be honest with you. I know I didn't take the same class as everyone else but after all that's what the OP is asking, she's assuming we all had the same course at the same school and naturally that's absurd. Best anyone can do is speak in generalities, and the general consensus, I believe, would be that most any nutrition class shouldn't cause much grief or throw your GPA in the least.

  • 0

    I did Kaplan, package included book, online quizzes and tests, and live classroom review. I passed. Some people do only one of those kinds of options and pass. What kind of a student are you? How do you learn best? Some people can do book after book after book and get nowhere, others use one review book at are fine. No one can tell you what your best system would be, only you will know that.

  • 7
    anewsns, chacha82, Nurse Leigh, and 4 others like this.

    I took a nutrition course that was a fluffy filler elective, can't imagine in what universe it is harder than microbiology or A&P 2. You must go to an interesting school!

  • 6
    AJJKRN, cleback, applewhitern, and 3 others like this.

    Quote from crystal0203
    -- And they wonder why we have a nursing shortage!
    Except we don't have a nursing shortage anymore, which is why they can get away with this so easily. There are plenty of new, younger nurses, new grads waiting to snap up jobs at half the cost of the old bats that get pushed out the door :-(