Originally posted by CrystalUTK:
Hang in there,
A pt asked me a question, and the nurse replied back to the pt with the response "SHE doesnt know things like that, she is JUST THE BLOOD PRESSURE AND BEDPAN GIRL!" That flew all over me, but I went on with my job. Having prestige, you will never have...In my opinion that is.
....If you think that cleaning stool is degrading, then you might want to think again about being a nurse...Just because you are a nurse does not mean you run around giving meds all day and that you dont clean up stool or emesis. I dont mean to be harsh about that, but I know too many present nurses that think like that and that is not right! ....Because as a nurse, you will do that to!!!!!!!
[QUOTE]Originally posted by CrystalUTK:
[B]Hang in there,
...A pt asked me a question, and the nurse replied back to the pt with the response "SHE doesnt know things like that, she is JUST THE BLOOD PRESSURE AND BEDPAN GIRL!"
Wow, I am so lucky to not have to work with people(nurses) that would say something like that to me. I am a Phlebotomist/CNA. I work in a wonderful unit, at UVa. I don't know what my response would have been if one of my "co-workers" had said that to me. But I would of had a word with her in private.
I have been upset before by a nurse or two and our attending gets a stick up her butt every now and then. But I don't take it personnally. I have been mede to feel inferior at times. When that happens, I say, "I know, I am the lowly CNA, Master." That gets a laugh and the inferiority ends. It isnt even anything that is really a big deal. But I will not be treated as someone that doesn't know what they are doing. I feel I am respected by my co-workers. I do not know the things they know. I respect the knowledge that my co-workers hold. I look up to them, But I am not inferior.
I am very good at what I do. I anticipate what is needed by my attending, Rn's and other co-workers. If something needs to be done, I usually have it done before I am asked. I guess I am one of a lucky few. My CNA job isnt as back breaking as some others.
I was just accepted to nursing school on early admission. I watch everything the RN's do and I ask questions about the things I am not sure of (diagnoses)and treatments. It has helped me working at a teaching hospital more than I could have gotten working somewhere else. I LOVE my job, through the blunders and everything I have been through.
I have been told by RN's I work with, " I wish you could hang this or do that." My reply, " I could do it, I just don't have my license yet." They laugh and say, " I know you could. Hurry up and get it."
well heck, I am totally off topic. Sorry!!
A job as a CNA varies greatly depending on where you work. I do recommend that if you want to go into nursing that you get the experience of being a CNA before you become a nurse. If is a wonderful job that I will never regret holding. I know that being a CNA will help me to be the best nurse I can.
Sorry for rambling..