"I don't want to do bed side nursing"...SAY WHAT! - page 5

had a couple different nursing students say: "well, i'm going to school so i don't have to do bed side nursing". one even told me she want to work in plastic surg. office, not at the bed side. ... Read More

  1. by   miko014
    Quote from rach_nc_03

    what I *do* know is that some people will never be fulfilled by doing bedside care, but they will make excellent nurses in other settings.
    *Never* sure is a long time. I just think that a year is not as long as it seems. It would only enhance the other settings to have some experience in the basics. It's not just med/surg, either. I think "bedside nursing" is the key, whether it's peds, ICU, or med/surg. You learn time management, critical thinking, prioritization, and organization...all that stuff they just briefly touched on in school. If you hate it, don't stay, but I think the majority should try it.
  2. by   Curious1alwys
    I am in school, and I don't really care for bedside nursing. Not because of patient care but b/c of the "chicken with your head cut off" feeling. The treatment from doc's. I don't like what I have seen in the hospital. I LOVE learning, though..That said, I would never graduate from school and hop into some job where I wouldn't get much practice in my skills or the opportunity for learning. I think "bedside nursing" IS essential for the new grad or you just aren't going to know what you need to know baseline to be a competent nurse. School just doesn't prepare you adequately enough. I might hate every minute of it, but you can bet your bottom dollar that I will stick it out the first year atleast. That is why I am externing in an area I really don't want to go into (med surg). Learning what I need to know is much more important to me than immediately finding my niche.

  3. by   Curious1alwys
    Quote from rach_nc_03
    Does caring for people only take place at the bedside? My MIL worked as a cancer research nurse for nearly 30 years- she rarely did any direct bedside care (if ever), but she cared for hundreds of patients.

  4. by   TXNurseBSN
    Ok, had to throw my 2 cents in. Nursing is a wide open profession. I do not think we should judge each other. I graduated in May of this year. I worked on a med/surg floor and was miserable. I felt like throwing up before every shift. I was amazed that in "bedside nursing" I had no time to touch or spend time with my patient. I never got breaks, had a drink of water, or went to the bathroom. Not with 6-7 patients on pain meds every hour, plus tons of other scheduled meds. I felt like a "drug pusher", not a nurse. I felt like I was not using any of the skills I learned in nursing school. I found out I was pregnant, my BP went up and I started bleeding. I quit, not because I felt anything was beneath me, but because my unborn baby's health was at stake.

    Now, I am working as a school nurse. Now, many of you may not consider this "real nursing." But you know what, pushing meds only takes up about 10-15 minutes of my day now. I get to spend time teaching my students, listening to their concerns, building a relationship with them. I have gotten kids free glasses when they can't afford them and albuterol inhalers for kids that have been without them for months (or have never had them because their parents wouldn't take them to the doctor for their undiagnosed asthma until I intervened). No, I do not pesently have any kids with catheters, wound care needs, or tube feedings (just one who needs trach care). I love the low income population I serve, I look forward to going to work everyday, I am happy, I eat lunch every day (even though it is always at my desk). I am a patient advocate and use my physical assessment skills which I learned in nursing school everyday. I feel I have learned more than I ever did on that med/surg floor about being a nurse. My unborn baby is thriving and growing, my health is good.

    So, look down on me if you wish. However, I am touching people's lives. THAT is what I became a nurse!!
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally Posted by jaslo98
    ALSO, with plastic surgery you are dealing with an ENTIRELY different type of patient than your typical "sick hospital patient". These are patients with ALOT of money ( alot of times, not always) and they can have VERY demanding personalities.
    This is why i don't work in plastics. It made me way too aware of how out of whack some people's perspectives for when i saw women (girls, really) coming in for breast implants because "my boyfriends likes big ones, all men like big ones". Sheesh, no THANKS.
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I've seen a few nursing students that claim they just want to work in management and skip the whole "bedside" thing. And think they can actually do it.

    But i honestly cannot believe that my supervisor would truly understand where her employees were coming from unless she was one of them at one time.
  7. by   ExCorporateRN
    Honestly, part of the reason new grads don't want to go into floor nursing is because of the attitudes they dealt with from floor nurses during their clinicals. Who would really want to work in that environment???

    Nursing isn't the military...it is a wide-open profession. We are fortunate enough to have enough opportunities now to work in specialties out of school or with limited experience. I know it doesn't seem fair but the hostile attitudes of a Med-Surg unit isn't appealing to anyone.
  8. by   RN007
    Quote from asoldierswife05
    If they don't want to do bedside nursing, then don't do it. Let a nurse who really cares do the bedside nursing. That's who I would want to be at my bedside if I was ill.

    I agree!! I'll never forget the OB nurse I had when I delivered both my kids. (I couldn't believe I got her again the second time!) She had a terrible disposition and attitude. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why she was an OB nurse. I was never so glad as when she left me alone all night with my second (although she did come in HOURS later that night to yell at me b/c I'd nursed my baby when she'd wanted to weigh him first -- uh, excuse me, he was hungry?).

    Anyway, what I'm getting at as I vent is nurses need to like what they're doing and I'd just as soon a graduate nurse figure out asap what s/he likes and not use so many patients as guinea pigs while s/he tries to figure it out. I understand we need to learn basic skills, but let's do something we enjoy. I know that I do not want to work the floors at the hospital where I will probably go work, b/c the RN-to-pt ratio is 10:1, with one LPN to help and maybe a CNA on a good day. That's too many for any nurse, anytime. Fortunately, when I graduate, I will have other opportunities b/c they hire into the emergency and critical care units. I personally enjoy bedside nursing, but if I didn't, I know there are many other areas I could work in. That's the wonderful thing about the nursing field.

    Sorry so long! Feeling verbose today!

    GN May 07
  9. by   scizzerin
    I'm a tech now, and I LOVE working with the nurses who show their passion for patient care. I agree about the skin care and bathing being an integral part of the nursing assessment, and have seen nurses 'find' something that requires a change in their care plan. There are a few nurses (who are not necessarily new) who hate bedside and don't even see the patient unless I report a 300 blood sugar! Thank God they are few and far between.
    Lauralassie......DON'T EAT ME!!
  10. by   2008rn2be
    I am entering nursing school in January and already know that I do not want to work bedside in Med/Surg for the long term. My heart belongs to babies and children. I know that I want to work in the Well Baby Nursery or in our local Children's Hospital. So, if I am wrong for that, so be it. I agree that if I have a nurse working on/with me, I sure want them to love what they do. Every area is not for every person.
  11. by   bluesky
    Quote from PeachPie
    Hmph. Doctors pay their dues via the hell of med school and internship. Nurses should too. I was a CNA, and I have sworn never to be above anything. I am aware that I'll prolly be too busy to take care of CNA/PCT assigned stuff, but I hope that the humility is enough.
    Depending what your area is, you will at least occasionally have to do CNA type stuff because the CNA/tech won't be there. I'd say our unit only has a tech about 50% of the time. And only 3 out of 5 are any good so you only actually get real help less than 50% of the time.
  12. by   minimo
    So, call me a "bad nurse," but I don't particularly love "bedside nursing." I despise doing bed baths, I hate changing linens (sorry, I didn't go to college to tuck in sheets), and I'm happy that I work at a place where the NAs do all that. My intent has always been to work as a floor nurse for one year only, in order to gain the experience needed to become an NP. Yes, the NP job appeals to me, but being a floor nurse does not. I don't believe we need to "rise through the ranks" or "pay our dues," so to speak. If I had to, I would never have even considered nursing school. I'm in nursing because of the many *different* opportunities it provides and the whole-person philosophy it employs. For those who argue that NPs should have many years of experience in bedside nursing before pursuing the masters, I would point out that I don't see MDs doing that, and they have a lot more on their plates (and many NP programs now require residencies). Am I a bad nurse because I'm taking advantage of the new and improved nursing profession? Perhaps I should have become another pin-point-focused, jaded MD instead....
  13. by   lauralassie
    Quote from 2008rn2be
    i am entering nursing school in january and already know that i do not want to work bedside in med/surg for the long term. my heart belongs to babies and children. i know that i want to work in the well baby nursery or in our local children's hospital. so, if i am wrong for that, so be it. i agree that if i have a nurse working on/with me, i sure want them to love what they do. every area is not for every person.

    sounds like "bed side nursing to me!".. sounds like you have a wounderful heart. keep up the good attitude. just curious, what is your definition of bed side nursing. to me it means, just being there for a pt. . it could be mother - baby, hospice, floor nursing, critical care, post anethesia, as well as many other areas. what i see are a couple of nursing students who seem to think it is below them to actually touch a pt. if it involves bathing, cleaning stool , vomit etc... doesn't mean you have to like the smells, the mess but, none the less, you can learn alot about a pt. during these times. for most pt's, it's much more unpleasant for them than us. :spin: