A little frustrated.. need to vent...

  1. Ok, warning... this is something that I've seen several times on this site. Forgive me if this is technically beating a dead horse, but now that I've been through NS and taken the NCLEX... it really bugged me and I just don't understand it.

    An acquaintance from school posted this on FB...
    Passed my med aide test!!! Now I'm a nurse.... So excited!!!

    This person failed out in semester 1 because of cheating. I'm sorry, but no... you are not a nurse. You are a med aide.

    ** I have nothing against med aides. They have a role to play in patient care, too. They are not a nurse, though.

    Why do people do this? It makes me both sad and annoyed at the same time. If just anyone can call themselves a nurse, why is nursing school so difficult? Why is the NCLEX so difficult? Why is keeping our skills and knowledge up to date constantly (along with the many other things to keep a license) so complex?

    Please don't be to hard on me for bringing this up... like I said, just needed to vent a little.
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    About ziggysgal,RN, ADN, LVN, RN

    Joined: Mar '10; Posts: 182; Likes: 121
    RN ADN - ER; from TX , US
    Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in MedSurg, Clinic, ER

    16 Comments

  3. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    Vent away!!
  4. by   Brismom02
    I am in total agreement with you!
  5. by   chevyv
    After working so hard to get our license, it is frustrating (and illegal) to claim the status. I understand completely!
  6. by   honeykrown
    I will put up a not so subtle comment about how he/she is not and what they do. People can call me hater but its true if im bothered by it
  7. by   Fribblet
    In before "OMG! I'm a med aide, nd I've never called myself a nurse!"
  8. by   Orange Tree
    Quote from ZiggysGal,LVN
    Ok, warning... this is something that I've seen several times on this site. Forgive me if this is technically beating a dead horse, but now that I've been through NS and taken the NCLEX... it really bugged me and I just don't understand it.

    An acquaintance from school posted this on FB...
    Passed my med aide test!!! Now I'm a nurse.... So excited!!!

    This person failed out in semester 1 because of cheating. I'm sorry, but no... you are not a nurse. You are a med aide.

    ** I have nothing against med aides. They have a role to play in patient care, too. They are not a nurse, though.

    Why do people do this? It makes me both sad and annoyed at the same time. If just anyone can call themselves a nurse, why is nursing school so difficult? Why is the NCLEX so difficult? Why is keeping our skills and knowledge up to date constantly (along with the many other things to keep a license) so complex?

    Please don't be to hard on me for bringing this up... like I said, just needed to vent a little.
    Wow. That's pretty over the top! I would be tempted to post, "...but I thought you got kicked out of nursing school for cheating "
  9. by   ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.
    WHat the heck is a Med-aide? sounds like band-aid. haha. Seriously though. What is that?? I would be ******, I would have written on her status, so when do you have to renew your license? what an idiot!
  10. by   leslie :-D
    or you can respond as if confused.
    "i don't understand. if you passed the med aide test, wouldn't that make you a med aide???"

    obviously people who do this, are doing so because of pathetically low self-esteem.
    i'd avoid trying to humiliate her.
    if you did (bring up failing), it'd put you on the same level as her.

    leslie
  11. by   ziggysgal,RN
    For what it's worth, I simply posted a congrats with an innocently phrased question about whether she was going back to nursing school... I had no intention of shaming her or calling her out on it... no point. I came to vent here because it really isn't a big deal in the grand scheme of things, just annoying as heck. She can post what she wants on her facebook, doesn't change her scope of practice at work.

    and to clarify, a med-aide is essentially a pill passer. Usually employed by LTC facilities to assist the nurses with med pass on so many patients.

    (In Texas)They are not qualified to give injections, and there are some medications they can't even give in pill form. The course is something like 9-12 weeks and you must already be a CNA as a qualification. Most of the few I've encountered in my life don't even truly grasp the concept of assessing cardiac status before giving BP/cardiac medications... rather, they just get VS from the sheet that the CNAs fill out and pass pills.
  12. by   ICU, RN, BSN, B.S.
    Ohhh ok. I sure hope she doesn't think she's an RN.
  13. by   treysdaddy08
    Med aids are a step above CNA's and a step below lpn's (although it's a big step lol). The reason most of them call themselves nurses, I believe, is that they are told (I believe in their classes, but can't be *positive* that they have the same job as nurses for lower pay.
  14. by   IheartICUnursing
    I have a friend who just passed CNA school and now she tells EVERYONE that she's a nurse. It bothers me soooo much, I worked my you-know-what off to become an RN and continue to work my you-know-what off each day to keep my patients alive! Nothing wrong with being a CNA, but don't take the credit for being an RN! I don't call myself a Dr.

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