When I have stressed out
family members hovering about after visiting hours, I tell them, "Go home and rest. Get some sleep. If you don't take care of yourself now, you won't be able to take care of them when they get home." And, I can't help but wonder when nursing, as a profession, will take this same advice. As I progress in my baccalaureate program, I see leaders in the profession emphasizing the need for nursing to become more professionalized. But when health care administrators continue to insist on treating nurses as interchangeable cogs in a machine rather than the professionals we are, it becomes problematic. Until nurses demand, and secure, a seat at the table when health care administration forms policy on staffing, patient loads, support staff, or any other policy that impacts the ability of nurses to deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care...that professional status will continue to elude nursing. It is incumbent upon us as nurses to take care of ourselves if we are to properly and safely care for our patients.
Oct 2, '11
I often wonder how professional nursing is. I don't know many that treat it as a profession TBH. I'm tired of being told by our gov't that we must uphold certain standards (which are too long to post on here), when most nurses just do their tasks, then go home. I see little in the way of professionalism. And the health system is overloaded and I see nurses being blamed for much of it, as we are in the firing line.
I worked psych the other night. I ALWAYS act professional @ work, despite the **** that is going on in my personal life. I do my work and I do not sit on my mobile, iPhone, etc. Whilst I was running around doing my job, the other 2 nurses are ringing their partners, while patients were buzzing for meds, but because I'm agency and new to the ward, I have no seniority to say anything, for all I know they could have worked 7 days straight.
But nobody cares re professionalism anymore. There was another thread on here re this ericsohln did I think. People just act how they like now.
I remember years ago working the old Matron, how people used to stand up when she entered a room, and she toured all the wards every morning. The old nurses used to tell me all their stories re discipline & how not a hair had to be out of place! I'm not saying everything should be as strict now, but when I look at old pictures of the starched uniforms, nurses DID look more professional - now, half of them look as if they've just fallen out of bed.
I'm studying Primary Health Care models @ the moment, and nurses aren't even mentioned separately in many programs - we are just lumped under the 'allied health care' list. And yet who runs the hospitals after the doctors and everyone has gone home for their long weekends? NURSES. You couldn't find a social worker or physiotherapist here in a hospital over a long weekend - but we nurses have to do it all.
It makes me sad that we are not seen by the general public as professionals, and until we demand that that is so -as you say - the perception of nurses won't change.
Last edit by rn/writer on Oct 2, '11