Are you ashamed of being a nurse? - page 6

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   Kayzee
    Yes, I am proud to be a nurse, and I worked hard to get here. As the other posters pointed out, there are issues with adm. But there isn't anything I'd rather do at this time in my life. I just pray that in the future there is more support and appreciation for the
    hard work we do. I have never regretted my choice of nursing.
  2. by   Mattigan
    I look at it as a very exclusive club. I love it.
  3. by   norweaver
    mijourney, i would like to congratulate you for a most interesting question.

    i am a 50 year old diploma nurse with 27 years of nursing experience who becomes prouder every day of being a nurse.

    it's interesting to see the responses, people admitting they complain but are still so proud. i think it has reminded all of us just how special what we do is, and to cherish it more, even with all the problems.

    hang in there! the nurses reinvestment act has just been passed and signed by the president, we may attract more nurses to the field soon. and remember, there are so many ways to go in nursing, find a niche, even if it isn't the bedside. we are all nurses and contribute to the quality health care of our clients.

    norweaver
  4. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    I can say with the warmest part of my soul, I have never been prouder of being a Nurse. I live for when I hold a patients hand and care for them as I was cared for by ones who loved me.
    I got into this profession because it was my calling and I have never looked back in disappointment to what I do , I cant say that there havent been times where I wasnt disappointed about the situation though, but with any job that is normal. Its a good honest question to ask, when we have so many that are so burnt out , and tired of the situation, when you see a question like this it does have you evaluate what you like and dislike about it and often the likes and the wonderful times outweight the dislikes.
  5. by   salve#1
    Proud of who I am and what I am. What I am ashamed of is the entire health care system in this country. As long as gready SOB's wan't more and more it will never change. If it did change I would be more proud. What I mean is the health care system today takes away alot of my valuable time that I should spend with patients. I often go home feeling inadequate and ashamed that I couldn't do more. :-(
  6. by   JonRN
    I am proud to be a nurse even though I am retired now. As a sr. citizen (kinda) with cancer, I hope every day that the nurses who care for me when I need it are as dedicated to the profession as I was. Well, to be completely honest, maybe even a LITTLE more dedicated LOL.
  7. by   Brownms46
    I have never been ashamed in my 22yrs of nursing... never of being a nurse. Burned out, angry, confused, discontented, aggravated, overworked, and just plum tired.. yes...but never ashamed!

    I also thru these years...been proud, floating on air,thankful,blessed, honored, and grateful...that I chose to be a nurse..
  8. by   midwestRN
    Proud? You be. We help the folks who need help the most. I have never asked the question "Why was I put on this earth?". For a nurse, it's perfectly clear. And I think I may be a little smarter than some of the new doctors. I really have to advocate for my pts with them sometimes. Ashamed of my facility? Sometimes. The $ is more important than the pts or employees. I wish our administrator needed our ER on a bad day and got no special treatment. Maybe he would think again.
  9. by   Brownms46
    (((((((((((((((((JonRN)))))))))))))) Sorry to read of your cancer...but I believe you will receive back all the caring and more that you gave others. I truly believe that...
  10. by   JonRN
    Brownie..........thanks so much for the kind words, you have no idea how much they mean to me. Even though I have a great support system, sometimes I feel like I am hanging out here alone, and that nobody cares. I guess it is natural to feel that way sometimes according to the leukemia/lymphoma board. You are a kind person and much appreciated by me.

    Jon
  11. by   Brownms46
    JonRN,

    Believe me...I can be a real B at times...but my heart goes out to good people having bad things happen to them. Most recently I had a wake up call...and realized...that life is all too short. And that none of us knows the time in which we too may have to deal with the unpleasantness of life here in the world. I also had to look at those who I respect and care for...going thru some very sad times. And my heart is breaking...because but for the Grace of God....there I could be also.

    My heart is glad that I have been able to used to be a blessing...if even in a very small way.

    I will include you in my prayers...as pray the Lord gives healing to you, and strength to your support system. And that no day or night goes by...that someone isn't keeping you before the Lord in prayer! Take good care of yourself...and know that we're just a pm or post away....from being a supportive and caring community of caregivers...
  12. by   renerian
    I am just as proud for being a nurse as I am a mother of five....
  13. by   booboo
    I have to say that on a lot of days I do feel ashamed to be a nurse. I think it is a career for a lot of dysfunctional people - meaning people who will take a lot of abuse without any recourse. And we complain until our faces are blue - but don't do anything about it. It's like the abused wife who won't leave her husband - she just complains and complains.
    In my neighborhood, my neighbors (college degreed) sit around and talk (not bragging, just small talk) about their latest bonus or business trip or latest team-building day at the beach. I said the other day, "guess what I got for all my hard work? Told I had to work Thanksgiving!" It just sounds really pathetic when you talk to people in "normal" professions. My husband gets taken out to dinner for an extra hard project , or comp time when he works late, lunches on the boss. WE GET NOTHING!!! just asked to do more and more with less and less. And when you speak up - YOU"RE the problem. No one listens. Managers seem to be all just "YES" men and women - they just have blank smiles and faces and walk on. I feel like I'm talking to brick walls. It's turning into some kind of horror movie or something!!!

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