dream'n, BSN, RN 8,200 Views
Joined Aug 28, '06.
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If this was my beautiful child, I would want her to leave this life surrounded by family, warmth, and comfort. I see nothing wrong with having difficult discussions about life/death with a terminal child; discussions one would never have with a healthy child. It is ultimately the parents decision, but being open and listening to the child is so important. Yes it does sound like the parents had pretty much decided that they would not pursue any further hospitalizations on their own and are somewhat leading the child to agree, I see nothing wrong with that. This child will die, and will die soon; no matter what. If this eases some of the parents guilt, that's just fine. If the parents are 'leading' her with rose-colored glasses, that's just fine too. I'd rather this child die with hope, comfort, and faith; than not. I think the parents sound like they are doing the very best they can for the child they love so much. Anything that can bring them all some peace is good.
I don't recommend nursing for you. As I've said in a previous thread, I don't like when people come into nursing and don't want to touch a patient. Nursing is a patient centered career. No you can't just skip the "bad bedside" stuff. Please...you'll have to pay your dues wiping **** and getting cursed out like the rest of us first. Get your degree in IT and work at Google or Amazon
Disrespectful and demeaning to the profession of nursing
Pharmacy mixes our chemotherapy and primes the line. They mix it under a certain hood contraption.
You can't refuse without risking your job. That said, I have seen certain units always be short (usually because it stinks and no one wants to work there or the hospital is purposely not hiring to save money) and the nicer unit nurses always being floated to fill the holes. That is one reason I left hospital nursing.
Yeah, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that particular Tshirt. How ridiculous.
When it comes to education I personally don't think that a nursing degree qualifies as one of the more difficult ones. Of course it's all relative and different people find different things challenging depending on their individual strengths and weaknesses.
As far as the job itself, I do believe that it is a rather demanding profession.
I think that the mix of shift work (which is common in healthcare even if not everyone does it), inadequate staffing levels, the very real possibility that a human being gets seriously harmed or even dies if you make a mistake and the frequent and close contact with human suffering, the various emotional manifestations of loss (of function, ability, health) and death sets healthcare work apart from many other professions. So yes, I think that it can be a hard job.
If I'd venture a guess, I'd say that the rate of burnout and compassion fatigue is significantly lower among for example librarians and botanists (but what would I know, I'm neither).
So yes, I think that nursing has its challenges but you certainly don't have to sacrifice your life in order to be a nurse. I find that kind of martyrdom attitude rather off-putting.
You and your coworkers are directing your anger at the wrong target. If you can only get PTO approved when you find your own coverage by a per-diem employee, then your problem is with management. I feel bad for the per-diem nurse, she is working in a toxic environment created by you and your coworkers' gossip.
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