What makes a nurse? - page 3

I have read with interest the thread about going back to white caps and uniforms. I would like you for a minute, to put yourself in "patient" mode and write your thoughts on what makes a nurse. If you feel like it, you could... Read More

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    What makes a nurse?

    The ability to adapt to any given situation at any given moment with ease.

    Positive attitude with a succeeding desire to win as this will create an environment susceptible to miracles as patients and co-workers become inspired to think above normality and start expecting beyond 'reality'.

    Enhancing your experience in life by jumping in and displaying utmost confidence in your skills and abilities.

    Tactfully speak out against the lies about health issues that popular majority has bought into.

    Death is never the end, so never blame yourself if you 'fail' at bringing back a patient from dying.

    Never stop learning. Build upon your skills and knowledge.

    Share with others. Your experience is something that no one else can teach; other than yourself.

    Never compromise with the health of another and the health of yourself. It is your God-given duty to make sure you are doing everything within your ability to maintain optimum health for your patient and yourself.

    Live a little longer.

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    Since, i'm not even in the nursing program yet, i can give you my perspective of what i, as a patient thinks of a nurse. I have the most respect for a nurse, even more so than for a doctor! In my experience, the nurse is the one who does the majority of the work, the one who has the better of the bed-side manor, the one who makes the patient feel understood & comfortable, in some cases, i've known the nurse to know more information than the doctor. The nurse is a proffesional who worked hard for his/her title.
    B.T W- It impresses me to see a nurse in her cap & whites. Also as a patient, i've been dissapointed to see the house-keeping, kitchen, cna's, lpn & r.n's all wearing the same scrubbs. (even our local veternarian assistant wears the same uniform) I think it's very confusing to the patients. Although i can understand the the reason's not to wear a cap & whites, I'm very surprised to read that so many of you feel that wearing your cap, makes you feel like "hand maids." It would be an honor to me to wear one, and as a patient i've never thought of a nurse as a servant.
    To me, Nurses are the most important people on the earth!
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    Personally, I think wearing the white uniform and hat would be an excellent idea for Nurses Week. That would really make them stand out.
    Renee, I still have my old hat that had a baby blue stripe across the entire hat, and my gratuation hat that had a red stripe on each side. I proudly keep them in my nurses hat box with my ID tag and my nurses pin.
    For those who have the choice of wearing whites or scrubs, whatever you prefer, be happy that you're able to wear them. I'm disabled and get around in an electric wheelchair, and am attached to o2 24/7. I'd LOVE to have the opportunity to be able to choose which type to wear, and I'd be proud to wear the whites with the hat once again.
    They always were my color of choice, and as far as the archaic opinion goes of the nurse in the white dress, white stockings, and white hat? They DID and still DO look like the professionals they are, and they DO distinguish a nurse from the other staff members.
    And another thing; there are many, many NURSES who would agree with me that they have saved a doctor from making life-threatening mistakes, and WRONG choices. In my opinion, they ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION, and doctors should treat them better, and respect them more. In my book they should be shown the honor they deserve.
    Even though I'm unable to practice, I'm still very proud to be one of them.
    You all go have a good day now, ya hear?
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    I have a question... Let's just say Nurses went back to Caps an Whites. What do the men wear? I would feel pretty silly in a white cap.

    Just curious.

    Also, I hate the fact that all hospital staff wears the same thing nowadays. It makes things very confusing to me. Esp when people either dont have name tags or choose not to wear them.
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    obviously nurses need to be non-judgemental, compassionate, and caring. we've all learned that in nursing school.

    nurses also have to have enough *excuse my french* BALLS to act as patient advocates and stand up to doctors when they use poor judgement.
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    Being able to discuss bowel movements, urine, and wound care over dinner-that's what makes a nurse
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    Originally posted by redshiloh
    Being able to discuss bowel movements, urine, and wound care over dinner-that's what makes a nurse
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle
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    I think it might be neat for special days celebrating the history of nursing, but I wouldn't want to have to worry about wearing a hat everyday.

    I'm not a nurse yet, but will be soon, and I like the fact that the attire is comfortable.
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    I thought this was an interesting question, so I asked a few pts..told them to think about it and I'd be back for their responses.
    2.Caring mannerisms/genuine concern
    3.Willingness to listen to them/their concerns& fears
    4.Friendly attitude..not feeling like they are a 'burden' to their nurse.

    -When asked how a nurse should dress 4 out of five didn't care as long as most of the above were met.One said he'd like to see a nurse in all white.All said clean and neat.
    -When asked none had a pref. about race or gender.
    -When asked about weight 4 said as long as the nurse could perform tasks didn't matter...One on the other hand said he wanted a skinny nurse with big boobs(-sighs- @ men)...lmao..that pt was a hoot

    I know this is only 5 pts responses...but gives us a general idea.
    Last edit by MandyInMS on Aug 26, '03
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    Interesting response! Thank you!

    I find that the patients that I have asked answered pretty much the same way (inlcuding the guy! ).

    The one thing that they did have in common however, was that quite a few of the nurses did not introduce themselves more than once during the shift. This made them confused about exactly who was what. They all said that more than one introduction should be used, especially when they are taking pain meds or just out of surgery.

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