Are you ashamed of being a nurse? - page 9

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   UCLARN
    Well if that's the way you feel, then go back to school and become a teacher.


    Oh and YES of course I am very proud to say that I am a nurse!!!

    Wish I were a teacher, better hours,weekends and summers off. Better pay, better retirement.
    Last edit by UCLARN on Jul 18, '04
  2. by   UCLARN
    Not all nurses are like that, by the way. It really isn't fair to generalize a whole group. If you are a student, then it's not too late. Find a profession that you can say you are proud of and proud to be. The nursing profession doesn't need negative thinkers like your self. We need people who will better our profession.

    P.S. I feel very much well respected at work. I do not demean others and in turn expect the same treatment.


    Quote from susanna
    In truth, I am a little bit ashamed. I know nurses who seem to bash doctors a lot and pick on and be proud of doctors' shortcomings and mistakes and be proud when they're right and a doctor is wrong. It seems like they're, deep down, really jealous.

    It seems like nurses are a group that is quick to bash anyone that might be rising any higher than they are. Its like, "You try to feel any higher than me and we'll come after you and kill you, pull you down because don't you dare." And, that nurses see their work as somehow more glorious and more self-sacrificing then other peoples' professions. Maybe I am wrong and I only get this impression because they are undercompensated monetarily or don't get much respect at work and this is the reason for everything. I don't know yet: I'm not a nurse. But this stuff makes me feel ashamed that I'm studying to become one.
    Last edit by UCLARN on Jul 18, '04
  3. by   ADNCyn
    I will get back to this after my 90 days probationary period. But I am not new to the profession of NURSING, most of my family matriarchs are NURSES and am HONORED to follow in their footsteps. God bless us all!!!
  4. by   Limik
    Quote from Mijourney
    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 embarrassed, why? If not, why not?
    I am sooo happy to see the replies to this question. I have been a nurse for ten years and recently have been struggling with the decision to leave nursing for many of the reasons listed on other posts. Seeing the other replies has helped me to remember why I became a nurse in the first place. Am I proud? You bet I'm proud to work with other people who understand that nursing truly is a calling. Not only do I know I will never leave nursing, this has also reaffirmed my desire to further my nursing education! :hatparty:
  5. by   susanna
    Quote from UCLARN
    The nursing profession doesn't need negative thinkers like your self. We need people who will better our profession.

    P.S. I feel very much well respected at work. I do not demean others and in turn expect the same treatment.
    UCLARN, I feel very, very ashamed of nurses, especially when they act over self-righteous and bash other people. You have expressed that you have no shame and are very proud and feel very respected and you claim that you do not demean others. Very good for you. It is very nice to meet such a respectful, unashamed person who does not demean others and expects the same.

    About my post, the OP asked whether we were ashamed or not of nursing. I took this as an invitation to express our TRUE subjective, personal feelings and observations so I did. I really didn't share my personal feelings and opinions as an invitation for you to tell me whether or not "the nursing profession doesn't need negative people like you. For some unknown reason that I can't figure out, even though you state that you do not demean others and so I must conclude that you must be a very thoughtful and respectful person, I'm very sorry but I wanted to ask you to please back off from me and my post. I can't figure out why.

    Anyhow, your post sounds very positive and undemeaning to me. Your message inspires such hope and makes me feel good about myself and is not negative at all. It makes me feel so good about nurses. I hope to meet positive, proud, and not-demeaning nurses like you every single day at the work place. Keep doing what you do cuz it sounds like you;re very good at it. You keep on bettering the profession and not demeaning others and expecting others not to. (you're all the way in cali? thats too darn bad, i'll probably never work with such a positive nurse as you are. darn it! well, thats life what can you do about it?)
  6. by   hypnotic_nurse
    Having come to nursing late in life, yes, I am proud to be a nurse, proud (and still a little amazed) that I made it through school and I love what I do.

    It doesn't matter, either, when I run across the occasional person who is not a credit to nursing. You find people like that everywhere, in every job, in every field. There are lousy doctors, lawyers, teachers, policemen, and even lousy Walmart greeters.

    Now, will I do this for the rest of my life? Probably not (short attention span, only lasts about 10-15 years), but that doesn't make me any less proud of my profession.
  7. by   UnchainedFever
    Thank ya Jesus... Somebody has it... I want to work with her... Fever
    Quote from rncountry
    never ashamed to say I am a nurse, I am proud to say I am a nurse. What is shaming to the profession as a whole is how we attack one another, the politics each unit can have, how nurses can gang up on the new grad, how nurses can treat student nurses, how we have not stood up for one another, how we turn our heads when one nurse behaves rudely and unprofessionally to another nurse feeling it is ok to degrade and be snide when one nurse does not have the knowledge of another, instead of educating. This makes inexperienced nurses afraid to ask questions or to go ahead with a procedure that they are unfamiliar with because they are afraid to appear stupid in front of others. What shames us is for nurse managers to be more concerned with the bottom line instead of patient care, and to in turn demand the impossible from their staffs, to let a physician rage at their staff instead of stepping forward and requesting that disagreements and problems be handled professionally, then going over the physicians head if the request is not met. Shame to the nurse that does not report, or stand up for those that do report unsafe patient practices, abuse or falsification of charting. Never should we be ashamed of being a nurse, only ashamed that we seem to have the inability to take care of each other with the same zeal that we want to take care of our patients.
  8. by   stbernardclub
    Proud to tell anyone I am a Registered Nurse...And even more proud to say I am still taking the bull and showing up for work!!
  9. by   kidluvinRN
    Quote from UCLARN
    Well if that's the way you feel, then go back to school and become a teacher.


    Oh and YES of course I am very proud to say that I am a nurse!!!

    I'm very proud to be a school nurse; (and yes you do get those weekends and holidays!) The wonderful thing about nursing is all of the different opportunites and niches available! How could you not love it?
  10. by   BETSRN
    Why would anyone be ashamed? I,too, am curious as to why you posted this question. Nurses are NOT people who wanted to be docs and couldn't make it (as some people think).Nice post, rncountry;especially the part about managers. You've said a mouthful!
  11. by   BETSRN
    Booboo, if you are that apathetic and uninspired, nursing does NOT need you. if you are that bent out of shape that you have to work a holiday, go into the business world or go to greet at Wal-Mart. I am glad you are not my colleague! Nursing doesn't need an enemy like you!
    <<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!" >>
  12. by   alibar
    Quote from bunky
    I am proud to be a nurse. I don't always feel good about the job due to short staffing but when people ask me what I do, I am proud to say I am an RN.
    Ditto!!!
  13. by   lifeisbeautiful
    Quote from stbernardclub
    ...And even more proud to say I am still taking the bull and showing up for work!!
    This is what makes me ashamed to be a Nurse. We shouldn't have to take any bull! No other occupation seems to put up with it, why should we? :angryfire

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