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Joined Jan 16, '11 - from 'NY'. She has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Med-Surg 1, Emergency 5, CEN 2/2016'. Posts: 1,058 (62% Liked) Likes: 2,758

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  • Jun 22

    It took me well over 30 years to realize that I fall somewhere in the B section of LGBT+. I'm married to a guy and am probably married for life unless something drastic happens, so I 'pass', I'm de facto straight. There is only so much fear I feel justified in having for myself, because I am not 'out' to many people. No need to kick the hornet's nest in my red state when I'm not leaving my partner. But I fear very much for my adolescent son, who is pretty sure he is not heterosexual.

    I'm numb. I'm so busy I haven't had time to grieve these lives, but they are always on my mind. This is a stark reminder that there is no safe place where queer people can be 100% themselves, that there is always a need to look over a shoulder.

  • Jun 21

    Quote from NurseOnAMotorcycle
    I've had many people tell me that in order to find a nurse they would look at shoes because everyone wears different scrubs or T-shirts now. They don't know who is a pharmacist, CNA, doctor, nurse, etc even with many badges that have large label tags.

    It doesn't help them much because not very many people still wear white shoes, but I find it interesting that it was a common theme among patients.

    I do tend to wear white sneakers but that is more of a coincidence from purchasing new shoes. I tend to try to get shoes that are easily wiped and will match everything I wear. They end up being either white or black.
    Outside of LTC, nursing and rehabilitation facilities you rarely see whites in NYC area. Think both here and elsewhere fear of prompting open rebellion keeps places from mandating white uniforms. Today's young girls/women just don't want to know from a traditional uniform and don't like wearing all whites. Many places have a hard enough time keeping nurses from reporting for duty looking as if they are going out clubbing or entering Miss. Georgia World (heavy make-up, drenched in scent, painted nails, long flowing hair, etc..).

    As we have often discussed here the most visible sign of a professional nurse for most patients still remains whites with a cap. You can print all the name badges and or embroider "RN" in letters any color or size you like, the former still wins hands down from patients.

  • Jun 21

    Quote from RNexplorer
    No, this is not an essay question. I was just curious what people's thoughts are on this.
    What you're getting at is professionalism in an emergency. Experienced professionals don't feel the need to pee in every corner to make sure everyone knows who is boss... they don't randomly speculate on possible causes or treatments during an emergency... they know their role and perform their duties efficiently and without drama.... they stay in their lane and expect everyone else to do the same.

    They understand that the emergency isn't an opportunity for them to showcase skill and knowledge... it is to provide a paid service to a patient.

    How's that for starters?

  • Jun 21

    Tradition!!! Tradition!!!

  • Jun 21

    White shoes are the last remaining vestige of when professional nurses wore starched whites (with or without a cap) and all students wore special uniforms (ditto). Now that everyone and their mother mostly wears some variation of scrubs (including students), some places for reasons known onto themselves still require one or both to wear white shoes. Long story short, as others have said is because they can.

    Back in the day dress codes often referred to "nurse's regulation" shoes. These were white or black, depending upon your uniform. White for hospital and other clinical settings when wearing starched whites, black for visiting nurses/home care when wearing a non-white uniform. Generally this meant a lace up oxford type shoe made from hard leather with a low heel, it can and often did a number on your heels and area under ankles from chafing.

    The most popular shoe then and still now for many were The Clinic Shoe. For generations legions of nurses from students to seasoned pros wore nothing else either by habit or because dress code stated.

    The Clinic shoe came in various styles to suit fashions of the period, and were actually marketed/worn by many women in various professions. They were designed to give comfort and support (some may not agree with the former) to those females whose employment meant being on their feet for long periods. Nurses, waitresses, shop girls, beauticians, etc...

    In the UK and much of Europe the once standard nurse's uniform evolved from that of domestic service (maids); dresses made from shades of grey or blue made from serviceable material, and often included a white pinafore/apron. Stockings remained however the same dark color and shoes matched.

    In the USA as the culture of a "trained nurse" took hold so did the image of purity which meant white from head to toe. Some places allowed sheer or nude stockings with white shoes, others enforced a matching footwear to hosiery scheme. On both sides of the ocean the question of footwear and hosiery grew important as hemlines rose .

    By the 1970's or so most places just stated "white shoes" for students or nurses. This could be anything from Nurse Mates to Earth Shoes to even Keds. One thing that didn't fly at the time usually were clogs or any other open back slip on shoe.

  • Jun 21

    White is traditional in the US.

    Running shoes are great for running, but you don't actually do much running at work. They aren't so great for standing and pivoting or sidestepping. Cross trainers are actually best for the motions we nurses do the most. And Danskos are great for standing -- loved by chefs and nurses alike. Crocs don't actually have much support. That may not bother you when you're young, but down the road can cause problems. There's also evidence that they emit some sort of dangerous chemical -- I won't pretend to know much about that, but my DH just read that this morning.

    Wear the white shoes -- they are probably supportive. Once you're through school and on your own, you can wear whatever your employer's dress code allows you to wear.

  • Jun 21

    It bothers me because mass shootings have become almost routine. I shouldn't have to worry about being shot at a club, the movies, the playground, work, watching a marathon, or anywhere else.

  • Jun 18

    Wait, I thought all nursing was psych nursing?! Hehehe. [emoji23]

  • Jun 17

    Sometimes no matter how hard you work, how careful you are, how fast you move, how skilled you are, how much you smile.......they still complain anyway. Today, for the moment, I dislike bedside very much. People are never happy. Managers want more and more from you. Patients and families want more and more from you. I.Am.Only.Human. I can only do so much.

    I vent to family, but only my fellow nurses truly understand.

  • Jun 17

    Hi all! I've been a nurse about 7 years... In the same place. Yesterday I accepted a position within the company but a clinic job, m-f no weekends no holidays etc. the regular schedule was a big draw to me... I was working til midnight or 2 am every shift. Anyway.... I can't get excited bc I'm so sad about leaving my coworkers!!! I am planning to still pick up shifts at my old place but it just won't be the same any help?/advice?

  • Jun 15

    The problem between ER and floor nurses/ICU is they do not understand what we have to go through in the ER. Personally speaking, I work in a very busy ER (to put into perspective we saw 239 pt's in a 12 hr shift the other day). EVERYTHING in the ER is STAT (EKG's, labs, urine, xrays, ultrasounds, c/t's, mri's). There's no routine meds, no routine assessments, no routine charting...everything is on the fly. What the other departments do not understand is in the ER we get these things called rescues where ambulances bring 911 calls (sometimes stable, sometime unstable, strokes, stemi's, actively seizing, unresponsive, cardiac arrests, respiratory arrest, drug overdose, suicidal attempts, etc.) and we have to make room for them. When a patient comes into the ER, we do not have a diagnosis like the floors/ICU get, they know what they're working with. All we get in the ER are symptoms and we do the work up for the dx while stabilizing the pt.

  • Jun 15
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    What does their race have to do with anything? Can you prove they have done something illegal? I work with nurses from other countries. I don't see what your point is.

  • Jun 14

    Quote from WhyNurse
    It is interesting to find out that some hospital is willing to hire foreign nurses all the way from Jamaica rather than local nurses (who probably would know more about the culture and people here in Canada).
    Just spoke with a long lost classmate who just recently returned working short term position from Weeneebayko Health Authority - told me that her contract / assignment will not be extended cause they had hired nurses from Jamaica??
    Yes - foreign nurses who hold a working permit (not PR card or a Canadian Passport).
    Have you ever heard about "embracing diversity?"
    I think you are just trying to stir the pot a bit...

  • Jun 14

    After this weekend's terrible act of violence against our community in Orlando Fl, it would be nice to open a dialogue for support and discussion. Feeling a little fragile today for the loss of our brothers and sisters and surprised to see no reference to it on this board today.