"gypsy" nurses - page 5

A Traveler's Tale: Nursing shortage boosts demand for "gypsy" nurses By Rebecca Vesely - STAFF WRITER Sunday, July 06, 2003 - It seems like a dream job. Free luxury housing. Guaranteed... Read More

  1. by   teeituptom
    whats negative about Gypsy

    I remember Gypsy Rose Lee
    nothing negative there

    I met some actual Gypsies in Cali yrs ago
    very happy outgoing and friendly people
    nothing negative there

    I dont understand where you see negative in it

    I also havent seen any flaming

    and I am the master of having been flamed
  2. by   fergus51
    Gypsy refers to the Roma and is often used in unflattering tones. Calling one a gypsy is sort of like calling an African American a "negro". Old fashioned, and not always meant as insulting, but for some it is offensive.
  3. by   P_RN
    My mother's people are of this heritage and she referred to herself as a gypsy. She's 1st generation American. In fact her maiden name can be translated as dark gypsy....
    I really don't think any negative was intended.

    PLUS.....you all do realize this thread and the article are from JULY of 2003!!
  4. by   teeituptom
    and your point is
  5. by   caroladybelle
    Jewish american southern "Gypsy" nurse here.

    And proud of being one.
  6. by   fergus51
    Just explaining it.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    this thread outa be closed. its well over a year old and the whole point of it is lost in all the rhetoric.

    I agree w/fergus. Calling people "gypsies" is akin to calling black Americans "negroes" and outdated and offensive to some of them.

    Maybe it's better this whole thread were dropped. We are not even debating the original point anymore.
  8. by   hock1
    As far as the 'gypsy' vs 'romny' thing, political correct terms come and go with the times. My mother-in-law still calls African Americans nigros. She said when she grew up she was taught this as respectful terminology. She says 'black' was an extremely negative comment as bad as the N word. On the other hand, when I was growing up 'black' was correct. Now the politically correct term is 'African American'. I went to what is considered a black college Wayne County Community College. The nurses were about a 50-50 black/white. We had a discussion in cultural awareness. Our group had a friendly 'arguement' over what is considered correct. The Gypsy community should not be offended by a persons terminology until they find out if it's being used disrespectfully first. The poster might not have been aware of the current word to use as not to be offensive. As far as the 'travel nurse'...unfamiliar environment, working independently without the hospital first finding out if the 'travel nurse' is competent etc. My hospital apparently got slammed in a lawsuit over this and tries to avoid them when possible now days. I have seen good ones and bad ones and don't know what's worse...working short staffed or working with somebody I don't know. It's a hard decision to call.
  9. by   Town & Country
    Nursing SUX around here and that's putting it mildly. Were it not for my six-year-old and nine-year-old in school I'd be on the road.

    That might be an option, anyway, because my fiance and I were thinking of doing homeschool.

    I could just take travel assignments and he could homeschool them, wherever we were....great way for them to see the USA...what do you all think?