Instant Gratification - page 5

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Indulge me for a moment. Back in the day, nothing was instant but coffee. There was a waiting game for almost every aspect of life. It set people up to have a number of anticipatory feelings. Anticipation is a unusual concept... Read More


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    Blech, I understand the point of this post, but I so hate being lumped in with Generation Y and the thinking that "parents paid the way and the kids are entitled". My husband and I are both generation Y...we have also both worked since age 14, moved out on our own at age 18 (independently, not with each other), and have 100% paid our own tuition. I don't think I've borrowed more than a hundred bucks from my parents throughout my teen/early adult years. Not trying to give kudos to us -- we are nothing special and I think this is the way it SHOULD be. We both have generation Y friends that drive new cars and look fabulous everyday, but have never worked and don't know squat about paying bills because mommy and daddy do it all. So, I see where the generalization comes from.

    Just saying we are not all the same, which of course applies to every gen, and I'm sure 20 other posters have written the same thing. Just needed to vent. Ahhh

    ETA: also, we didn't have cable/Internet/smart phones until the past 3 years...so we are still total newbies to instant gratification, as well lol. Though it is nice.
    Last edit by catman88 on Jul 16, '13 : Reason: Spelling
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    Quote from catman88
    Blech, I understand the point of this post, but I so hate being lumped in with Generation Y and the thinking that "parents paid the way and the kids are entitled". My husband and I are both generation Y...we have also both worked since age 14, moved out on our own at age 18 (independently, not with each other), and have 100% paid our own tuition. I don't think I've borrowed more than a hundred bucks from my parents throughout my teen/early adult years. Not trying to give kudos to us -- we are nothing special and I think this is the way it SHOULD be. We both have generation Y friends that drive new cars and look fabulous everyday, but have never worked and don't know squat about paying bills because mommy and daddy do it all. So, I see where the generalization comes from.

    Just saying we are not all the same, which of course applies to every gen, and I'm sure 20 other posters have written the same thing. Just needed to vent. Ahhh

    ETA: also, we didn't have cable/Internet/smart phones until the past 3 years...so we are still total newbies to instant gratification, as well lol. Though it is nice.
    As long as there is a "working class", there will be plenty of generations that work hard; the "examples", to me, will be outliers, just sayin'
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    True LadyFree! Thankful for the working class.
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    Quote from jadelpn
    Seasoned nurses don't have all the answers, for example with new technology that comes around.
    Well, maybe, maybe not. Some of us have been early tech adopters for decades and can run rings around some less-savvy younger people. You may not have been older and more seasoned yet, but I can assure you that we were once young...and we remember all of it. Well, except parts of that Grateful Dead New Year's Eve concert at Winterland.

    Another example of where "Some" or "Most" might have been more accurate.
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Now now, Grn Tea!
    You are coming dangerously close to our old "Mockery of Nursing" thread here.
    In fact, your comments compelled me to go back and reread it...
    Still hilarious!

    Oh, ain't it the truth. I think I'll go find it and give it a bump. These young'uns don't know what they're missing.


    Oh, I am so bummed. That thread was closed. Oh, well...it's still there

    http://allnurses.com/nurse-colleague-patient/the-mockery-nursing-674000.html
    Last edit by GrnTea on Jul 17, '13 : Reason: addendum
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    Quote from GrnTea

    Oh, ain't it the truth. I think I'll go find it and give it a bump. These young'uns don't know what they're missing.

    Oh, I am so bummed. That thread was closed. Oh, well...it's still there

    http://allnurses.com/nurse-colleague...ng-674000.html
    This was the first post I read when I returned to the hiatus of AN, lol...it was very welcoming...

    This bump needs a bump, or two, or 103....getting close these days...
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    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Now now, Grn Tea!
    You are coming dangerously close to our old "Mockery of Nursing" thread here.
    In fact, your comments compelled me to go back and reread it...
    Still hilarious!

    I wasted almost my ENTIRE DAY doing that yesterday. Oy. But there were some posts I gave posthumous "likes" to (they still count) and many that had me just snorting out loud. I guess I needed the vaca day.
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    I am an old geezer, if we are on Generations X and Y, I must be from Generation V. I have retired from nursing for medical reasons several years ago, but still remember the years when we mixed IV’s by hand, long before there were dose packs of medications and we had to visually synchronize the Dr’s orders with the medication sheets and then actually pour our meds in the “Med Room” into little soufflé cups. If we needed to order labs, we had specialized slips for particular test that we had to fill out by hand or if your unit was fortunate enough to have a decent Unit Clerk, you could ask them to do it. You had to do the same thing for any supplies you might need from “Central Supply.” Thank God for computers now days. Speaking of computers, we also had horrendous wait times for the results of lab test as you can imagine. Oh, and did I mention having to mix up narcotics in a spoon, just like a junkie, before you could give them to your patient. There is something to be said for instant gratification.
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    Quote from Esme12
    All I'm saying is that I had to wait 4 months for my board results and we didn't have to talk on the phone 24/7. We left messages and WAITED for a return call. I make my kids WAIT for things to they can learn patience.
    Esme, Thank you very much. These days, people get anxious if they haven't heard back from Boards within, what 3 days? I don't even know. I had to wait like you did. The phone calls, I can still remember party lines, but we can forget those, since we are talking about messages. Remember busy signals? Or the days when there were no answering machines on home phones, and all you got was a ringing phone, and you had to call them back? Oh my, heaven forbid. I guess I'm still dating myself with alluding to such a decrepit device as an answering machines since most now use voice mail; supplied by the phone company or have stopped using land lines all together, and simply use their cellphones.
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    All of this is a reminder that progress is PROGRESS no matter what generation or decade or era it is.

    Cave people who beat their clothes on a rock probably thought the same about younger cave people who used wash boards; wash board users who wrung out their clothes thought the same of the newbies who used a roller wringer; the roller wringers thought anyone who used a new fangled electric clothes dryer was just an impatient youngin who couldn't wait for anything. One day the Gen Y kids will be harping, "back in my day we drove CARS on ROADS to get places, not this fancy teleportation crap and individual jetpacks. Kids these days can't sit in a car for 20 minutes, rant mutter swear cuss moan."

    Evolution and de-evolution are ebb and flow. The problem lies in resistance to it.
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