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Hello everyone, I must say great discusions. I know this is not part of your discusion but I was asked to write ethnography paper on experienced nurse but I just realized that I do not know anyone who I consider to be experienced nurse so I would greatly appreciate if any of you could help me by answering this questions for me.
Thank you all so much..
FIRST OFF: I hope a moderator moves this thread, because it is not related to the topic. I am game to help you though.
What changes have occurred in nursing during your career?
No more IV tubing and feeding bags left unchanged for months.
I love researchers with petri dishes.
No longer crying after sticking a patient 10x to get a peripheral line.
Two sticks and I can call it quits.:spin:
No more dirty uncapped needles at pt. bedsides, in your pockets, in the trash cans, on your carts and ...well basically anywhere.:smiley_aa
No more direct mouth to mouth resuscitation in a code.
CPR is more effective.
Fewer pt falls.
Restraints are not as common and cruel.
are updated and used effectively. Despite what we used to think,they actually can improve outcomes.
No more smoking
No more drinking at the nurses station.:smilecoffeecup:
No more filthy white hats.
I get to wear gloves just to say hello. Not to mention, emptying foleys, gomco's, emesis basins.
Now my new gloves don't cause a rash.
Flow charts cut down on repetitive charting.
You feel somewhat more comfortable that your NAs have some formal training.
I love computers. Really I do. :Crash:
What does it mean to be a professional nurse today compared to yester year?
We have a little more autonomy. Our assessments are not completely ignored by other departments.
Our observations and documentations are legal tools as well as just a story of what is happening with a patient.
I know I am a professional even if you don't think so.
Thanks to the invention of the CEU and research driven Quality Improvement, we don't slump into a "We know it all" attitude.
Flexibility is a wonderful trait
What would be the biggest surprise to me about the profession?
The fact that you can get that much work done and get it done well, knowing your patients got what they needed in a shift.
With all the advances, we still don't get the respect we deserve.
What advises can you give me as an experienced nurse?
Continue your education. One mistake and it could all be over.
No matter how hard you try, and how careful you are, bad things can happen to good people.
Not only do nurses eat their young, some administrations could try and may treat your precious license like a dirty dish rag to wipe up their messes.....
That is not good for a college paper.
There will be many ups and downs. You will see countless good outcomes and countless bad outcomes.
Do not fall into the trap of thinking things can not change for the better.