Are you ashamed of being a nurse? - page 4

Hi everyone. Please respond and offer feedback on whether you are ashamed of or embarrassed about being a nurse; becoming a nurse; or considering nursing as a career. If you are ashamed or... Read More

  1. by   mustangsheba
    I wouldn't continue to be a nurse if it were something I was ashamed of. Fortunately, it is a calling that serves me well as well as helping others; add that 100K salary, and who could ask for more?
  2. by   H2OHead
    RNcountry hit the nail fairly well i'd say. Even though i am not yet an RN i only have two semesters to go and i am proud when i say i am a student nurse.
    The management issue opens a whole other can of worms. Nusing supervisors get away with placing undo demands on the staff because the nurse has let management take away their voice. Ask around at work and see who is a member ot the ANA. Then ask every Dr you know if he/she is a member of the AMA. I did a research project on it and you'll be amazed, then you'll see it's no wonder the establishment gets away with pushing nurses around. As far as i am able to discern, nurses eat their young, don't form a cohesive force to be respected and don't seem interested in issues that directly effect them. I haven't graduated yet and i have already decided that i need to get a graduate degree and specialize so i can be part of a group that is concerned with its well being and sticks together.

    Mac
  3. by   Miamipete001
    Finally, lots of positive reponses, even from some of the other members, with MAJOR negative reponse's.

    I understand why MIJOURNEY, asked the question............

    Makes me feel better about getting into the field.

    Pete
    Miami
  4. by   BeeStrong
    Very very proud to be a nurse. Despite all my complaining, b***hing and whining; I am proud of all the TLC we give, I am proud of us when we are working together, helping each other to help the patient, laughing and crying together. Thanks for your question, and for your post Country RN. Roberto, you need an attitude adjustment or a different profession, Good Luck.
  5. by   canoehead
    I am frequently ashamed of being associated with a lot of coworkers because of a lack of accountability they show in their practise, and of the profession because of our inability to get together on the simplest topics.

    I love my job though, and would never leave. I am proud of what I see as my vision for nursing and my practise reflects that accountability. I also think that those that think they have a "vision" need to practise it, making nursing an even more respectable profession, and letting the newbies know there are brains and professionalism working behind the scut work.
  6. by   greenapple
    I proud of be a nurse.but being a nurse for 16 years.I get very tied.I can not bear the shift and overwork.I will chang it if have a chance.
  7. by   rosy
    Ashamed of being a nurse ? Definietely not. As I have shared before I would not choose this profession again, and I am not always particularily proud of the job I have done. Shame has never been an emotion I associate with nursing. Why would caring, compassion, intelligence, hard work, perseverence (supply your own discriptive words) be cause for shame?? I like others have stated don't understand where this question is coming from.
  8. by   Terrie
    I am very proud of being a nurse. That is all I ever wanted to be. I help people, I care for people, I help them physically, mentally, and spirtually. I am ashamed that nurse are push around, walked on, and expected to jump at managements every word. If it was not for us they would not have a leg to stand on.
  9. by   greenapple
    I have never been shamed as beening a nurse.but beening a nurse for 16 years,I think it is too much time on it.I want to accept a new challenge.I have never choose nurse beening my occupation since my childhood,but why I am a nurse now?perhaps this is a fortune.
    good luck
  10. by   purdie
    Well in answer to this question and while expecting to get jumped on heavily but - YES I do feel shame about the nursing profession - and so I voluntarily surrendered my medals several years ago! As a former advanced nurse practitioner this decision was not easy - but I would do it again faced with the choice of either truly helping people OR condoning peer violence, professional exploitation and politicking. Today I still try to speak out where abuse is thriving and masquerading in various places, and of course noting the managers and/or nurses who turn blind eyes or create other excuses for their actions and non-actions.
  11. by   jwoz
    No, I can't say that I've been all that proud to say that I was a male nursing student....all the quizzical looks from the public, the patients automatically assuming I was a doc when walking in their room, the nagging feeling that I was cut out for more in life than changing bed linens, lifting patients, and pill pushing.

    For me, leaving the profession was the best thing for my psyche. It takes a guy to be very secure in his manhood to be a male nurse.

    Joe
  12. by   Mijourney
    Hi all. Thanks for your frank responses. It's been over a year since my last post. Despite the increasing intensity of the nursing shortage and all of the changes that are taking place in health and medical care and with the economy in general and despite my complaining, I'm not ashamed to be a nurse. I don't feel sorry for myself or badly about my career choice.

    I'm not happy about alot of the things that go on in nursing. Many of you have included these issues in your posts. There are many internal and external problems that have undermined the forward growth of our profession.

    However, it's good to know that even though many of us feel that things could be and should be a heck of alot better in nursing and nursing practice, our individual self-esteems are not totally tied in our profession's problems. That's a good sign. Hopefully, that means that those of us who are not ashamed to be a nurse will begin to take more personal interest in our jobs and careers, if we haven't already, and in the profession as a whole.
  13. by   shootemrn
    Of course I am proud of being a Nurse! If someone is ashamed of being a nurse they need to get out of the profession.
    I am a male nurse. So I face even further scrutiny from other female nurses and from the public. (my name is not Gaylord Focker ). But whenever anyone asks me what I do I tell them "I am a RN". To have the oppurtunity to care for people when they are ill or injured is the greatest responsibility and one I do with pride.

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