Images of Nursing: “I’m just a nurse” - page 2

by PA ED RN | 8,452 Views | 16 Comments

Excellent short video on the public image of nurses and nurse stereotypes produced by Digital Education Strategies at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University here in Toronto. Best line at 9:35:... Read More


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    Quote from LilgirlRN
    I'll hear colleagues make that statement "I'm just a nurse" Just a nurse what? Just a nurse that saved a person's life today? Just a nurse that happened to notice a change in the patient's condition which meant he went to surgery and got his about to rupture appendix removed. Just a nurse who held a patient's hand when she died because no one should die alone.

    When it comes to trust, people consistently rank nurses as the profession that they trust most. Ask any patient whose doctor has a CRNP working with them if they would rather see the doctor or the nurse? They pick the nurse. Nurses are less intimidating and take more time with them. They actually listen to what the patient says, answer questions and dont make the patient feel dumb for asking a not so bright question.

    Nurses ROCK!
    Sorry to disagree, but if a pt. has not seen a CRNP before and has a choice, thet will ALWAYS choose the doctor....
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    Unquestionably, if you have been in my beloved nursing career for as long as I have, you must likely would have been exposed to some nurses stating "I'm just a nurse" and even as I hold a MSN,CNO/DON I hear the dreaded statement once a while from a few of my colleagues in some management meetings; when their ideas are not met graciously. In addition, I correct them and discourage these professionals from ever manifesting this demeanor statement regarding our nursing.
    SharonH, RN likes this.
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    I have uttered the words "I'm just the nurse." To me it was and is not a negative comment. I am obviously doing more or educating the patient more, that asks me if I am the doctor. I am "just a nurse" and confident and proud enough of myself and my profession to say so.
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    massrn116, In answer to your post, I shall say when someone ask you or any of my colleagues
    "are you the doctor?" One as a proud nurse should leave out the 'just" and state "I'm an RN" this demonstrates your pride for our nursing career.
    Forever Sunshine likes this.
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    i used to say that a lot. "i'm just a nurse." then i met an elderly lady who fractured her right arm and she replied, "nurses are the backbone of healthcare." i never said those words again.

    and i will always remember this line from an episode of discoveryhealth's trauma in the er. "a hospital may survive with one doctor but it will never survive with just one nurse."
    Purple_Scrubs likes this.
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    I haven't heard the "just a nurse" as much lately as the more odious a "nurse is a nurse."

    It took me 12 years to become an RN and I am darned proud of saying I AM A NURSE!
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    P_RN, I'll 2nd that Emotion!!!


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