Nurses are the real heroes ? - page 3

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    Yes, they do what they are ordered to do because they took an oath to do so. They have to do things whether they agree with them or not because they took an oath to do so. They are not allowed to quit if they don't like it. You do not have to think that people in the military today are heroes. I really don't care if you do. But they do not deserve your disrespect. I only took offense to your idea that the military members of the past are somehow more noble because you agree with their wars and you don't agree with politics of today. The military members of today have taken the same oath as those of the past regardless of the politics. Whether you agree with the war or not, these people are still willing to risk their lives for your freedom.
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    can we please get back on topic???

    leslie
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    Quote from jcgrund
    You do not have to think that people in the military today are heroes. I really don't care if you do. But they do not deserve your disrespect. .
    well, that is what this thread is about - heroes. i simply stated that they are not heroes to me. they are people who signed up to do a job and are compensated for it in return. stating my opinion that people who do a job for a paycheck (which is self serving vs. selfless) is not "disrespect." i'm sorry you feel that way.
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    To me a heroic act is one that is above and beyond the call of duty. Just doing your day to day job, be it as a nurse, fire fighter or police officer, isn't heroic. If we do something extraordinary in the course of that job, that may be heroic, but simply being in those professions doesn't make a person a hero.

    Doing a job is a partially selfish act--the paycheck. That's not wrong, we all need money to live. But, heroism means doing something with no regard to self interest. If I wasn't getting paid, I wouldn't be a nurse, so part of my motivation is purely selfish. Not heroic at all.
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    I remember when I had to go to a hospital for an allergic reaction. I wasn't in shock, but I needed to get IV'd some Benadryl. I was lying down in the room and the first person that I met was the nurse. I had already had my vitals, weight and patient history taken. So I was just waiting for them to treat me. The first person I saw was a nurse, who was really respectful and friendly. Then the doctor came in. He told me that I had to get into a gown. I didn't want to take my clothes off and didn't want to wear the gown- it looked demeaning, uncomfortable and unnecessary. He started to get really rude and said 'You have to!' I kept saying no. He said 'OK, just call security'. That's when I started to get loud. 'Call security for what?! You f$%$#% piece of s#$%!' I just hated how he thought that he could threaten me into doing something like that.
    Well, after some arguing and a lot of four letter words, he finally left. The nurse came in and told me not to worry. She said that she didn't know why he would act like that. She got them to get me a different doctor, who was very respectful and actually listened to me and didn't try to force me to put a gown on.

    Well, that nurse was my hero. If she hadn't been there to calm me down and step in, I would have kept being treated like that. There's some patient advocacy for you.
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    Nurses provide care from a position of safety? I've never been totally "safe" at work, thanks!
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    Heroism is individual.

    No profession as a whole consists of heroes. Just because you're a nurse or a doctor or a firefighter or an EMT or a policeman, etc, doesn't mean you're automatically a hero. Doing your job =/= heroism. The only people I would even consider close to being "heroes" are those who go way above and beyond what's required of them.

    Quote from Merlyn
    I'm not a hero, I'm just a guy doing a job for money. If they didn't pay me I wouldn't be a nurse. Getting a little tier of nurse Hero thing.
    Agreed. I don't see why there's a need for getting patted on the back for doing your job. In any profession.
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    Today at work a nurse was the first to start chest compressions on a 3 year old who coded, a second nurse drew up and gave the epi that got him back...2 heroes.

    Another nurse came into work tonight overtime to provide consistent care to an infant whose life support was discontinued yesterday though 30 hours later he was still hanging on...a hero in my mind and his family's mind.

    A nurse flew in a helicopter and picked up a baby in distress at an outside hospital, she stabilized her to the best of her ability, comforted the parents and took their first born in a helicopter to get the life saving treatment she needed. That nurse then waited around until the family made it in to tell them their baby had done well in transport...another hero

    Three nurses admitted post op open heart kiddos, they stabilized their patients, kept the doctors updated on their conditions, intervened before the patients spiraled downhill all the while reassuring the parents, answering their questions and being there for them.

    Today no less than 23 nurses from two different units on the hospital came to visit (from work and home) and say their goodbyes to the little guy lingering in his last moments and his family

    Today a nurse helped a dad hold his infant son for the first time. At the same time, in another hospital, I am sure a nurse was comforting that baby's mother because she could not be at his side.

    This is on one unit, in one hospital, in one 12 hour shift.

    Nurses are heroes in so many ways!
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    "SAFETY?"

    Tell that to the triage nurse who was stabbed 12 times by a patient who jumped off an ambulance stretcher, chased her into the waiting room and wrestled her to the floor. It's compelling to read about her thoughts and feelings as she read the expression on the surgical residents face while he was prepping to (possibly) crack her chest.

    Tell me I was safe when an intoxicated pt. climbed over his bedrails and wobble walked toward me and while trying to stop him falling over, punched my lights out.

    I guess I would have to say that heroic actions define a person as a hero, not a profession.
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    A hero (heroine is usually used for females) (Ancient Greek: ἥρως, hḗrōs), in Greek mythology and folklore, was originally a demigod, their cult being one of the most distinctive features of ancient Greek religion.[1] Later, hero (male) and heroine (female) came to refer to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice—that is, heroism—for some greater good of all humanity.

    That is the Wikipedia definition of hero. Nursing seems to REALLY fit there!

    Definitions of heroism are subjective.

    I have never thought of myself personally as a hero. But I do feel, that in my role as a nurse.. I go to great lengths to serve my fellow man.
    That's why I became a nurse. I sacrifice MY comfort and my families comfort to take care of others.
    Yep, I get compensation for those efforts. I'm not Mother Teresa. However, the ideal is still there.
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