Nurse with Disdain - page 10

by StuckInTheMiddle

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Hi. I've got to vent here, since I have no "friends" that are nurses, and I want the input of some perhaps unbiased individuals. I'm a mid-30s male career changer. I left a career I had for a decade (not sure why actually)... Read More


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    Quote from CloudySue
    What's the difference between "warm and fuzzy" and "empathic and caring"? I would think that, to a patient, they are perceived as the same thing.
    You can be empathetic on the inside while setting boundaries. But when you set boundaries, some patients might just think you're "mean" because you are not acting "warm and fuzzy."
    Szasz_is_Right likes this.
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    Warm & fuzzy: "Honey, are you hurting today? Awwww, I am SO sorry. I'm going to run right now and get you some pain medicine."

    Empathetic & caring: "I'm sorry that your pain has returned. That's not unusual with your condition. Let me get your pain meds so that you can start feeling better."
    OCNRN63 and Susie2310 like this.
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    Quote from roser13
    Warm & fuzzy: "Honey, are you hurting today? Awwww, I am SO sorry. I'm going to run right now and get you some pain medicine."

    Empathetic & caring: "I'm sorry that your pain has returned. That's not unusual with your condition. Let me get your pain meds so that you can start feeling better."
    ^^Exactly...like the empathetic and caring....wonder if I go to the warm and fuzzy side...
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    Quote from Susie2310
    BlueDevil, did you not say on a previous thread that "Compassion is the difference between your board being full or empty" or words to that effect?
    I don't remember and I have no idea in what context I was speaking at the time. My point in this thread is that the posters suggesting the OP, whom appears to be long gone LOL, will not be successful in his NP role is silliness and those posters don't know what they are talking about; the OP should not allow himself to be discouraged by those comments.

    My panel is full unless I fire someone for being a PITA, which I do about once a week. I don't suffer fools gladly either.
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    The first thought that comes to my mind is sociopath. Just a thought, because of your inability to have empathy.
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    HOW did you make it all the way through nursing school without at least 1 person you consider a close friend??? That's too bad. As for the rest of your post, I'm at a loss for words...
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    Quote from arbor-vitae
    The first thought that comes to my mind is sociopath. Just a thought, because of your inability to have empathy.
    Sociopath? Seriously? It strikes me that you might be overreacting a tad.

    Empathy's not all it's cracked up to be. There are lots and lots of moments in nursing when, although I don't feel the slightest bit empathetic toward my patients, I still have to put on a happy face and go in and take care of whatever their needs are. Just because you're not an overflowing well of compassion at all times doesn't mean you're a bad nurse.
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    Quote from barbyann
    Change your major to Healthcare Administration. No, and I mean NO! proximity to pts. and you get to make pie charts and line graphs all f'in day. Goals are set and you get to make rules up as you go along. You will stay clean and dry, keep lysol in your bottom drawer in case a c-differ walks by, though if you keep your office door closed you can avoid it all together. You can explain all these serious medical conditions to the foundation members who, if you spin it just right, can donate a new player piano for the lobby.

    Seriously, I just had a shift from H E L L and the thought of a grown adult getting into a NP track and not knowing that their would be sick, needy people on road to his "goal" floors me. PAY YOUR DUES...............then go NP.

    I promise to apologize for this post tomorrow, but the way I'm feeling right now it stands.
    I would hate to have OP as an admin.


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