Am I Nursey Enough For You? - page 3

In the US, the definition of a nurse is a simple one. A registered nurse is a person who has passed the appropriate NCLEX exam and who holds a valid license in his or her state. The same is true for... Read More

  1. by   PsychRN98
    This post made me chuckle. I have been a psych nurse for the past 12 years, low on the nursiness scale. And to make matters worse I am now back in school for healthcare IT and hopefully eventually informatics. WOW..way off of the nursiness scale. I don't give a hoot, I earned my credentials and I did/am doing what I enjoy. Who gives a hoot what other more "nursey" nurses, or the general public for that matter, think?! I do not. I used to love psych. And when I didn't anymore, I chose to go back to school for something else I love. What could be better than doing what you enjoy, despite others' opinions? I have respect for all of us here that have earned our credentials, wherever you work.
  2. by   nurseclm
    I want all of you to know that we are equal as people. Only mentioning licensing and licensing restrictions because they are a fact. We all have gifts. I often see that we don't recognize don't respect each other and we don't act as if we all have gifts. Correct that titles and education may not make you a better nurse. I know lots of nurses way up in the hierarchy that act as if their **** don't stink. I have also seen equally credentialed way up in the hierarchy nurses who are wonderful and remember that it's not about us. It is about the patient.
    I also believe we are treated the way we allow others to treat us. Have respect for yourself, show your professionalism and you will be treated better. It may take a while but it will happen. As a nurse I acted professional never allowed people to disrespect me as a person.
    I also see nurses looking like slobs. I know the wrapping doesn't make the package, but when I see nurses in dirty scrubs going into work, dirty and stringy hair falling onto patients, long finger nails, bracelets, multiple rings, dirty shoes, etc., I have to wonder if we as nurses have brought some of the disrespect upon ourselves by not looking as professionals. Also we need the patient knows we are nurses. If you are the one caring for a patient, or family, or anyone, let them know what your role will be.
    Enough already, I have been an RN for 40 years this year and maybe I have many old ideas. So be it.
    Thanks for reading this long post.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Sep 28, '11 : Reason: Changed mixed word to ***.
  3. by   hermine_magnora
    Bravo to this article....LPN, RN, NP, when it all said and done, we are all nurses.
    We have the freedom to practice in any area of nursing, whether it is at the bedside, clinics, home care etc., and there should be no discrimination, or any reason to devalue our peers.
  4. by   imsouthy
    I like this article. Nurses are like angels. During my gastric band surgery nurses a L.A. bariatrics cared like my mother. Hats of to all the nurses in this world.

    Last edit by rn/writer on Sep 29, '11 : Reason: Disallowed link removed.
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    I am the UberNurse! I live in scrubs 24 hours a day! Heck, 36 hours a day! I was born in scrubs! Fear me! I can put a 14g in a preemie, with my eyes closed and both hands in large gloves!!

    Sorry, I am overcaffeinated.

    Seriously, I have the utmost respect for my counterparts outside of the ER ... they do a job that I probably couldn't. Psych? LTC? L&-freakin-D, are you kidding me? I'd be in trouble. That is why there are so many wonderful nurses out there -- we all have our niches and skill sets, and all are important!!

    (And I don't even get to wear scrubs anymore ... I wear my Army uniform in my ER. LOL )
  6. by   anotherone
    Quote from Nascar nurse
    Can remember being in a LTC quality assurance meeting years ago. There were several members of upper management along with 3 MD's. The topic turned to how to improve the image of the LTC nurses as the Drs voiced concerned that the local hospital nurses didn't take the LTC nurses seriously or really seem to have much respect for us. The Drs subtly implied that we were doing something wrong

    I politely told the one Dr. that when he went back to the hospital later that afternoon he needed to take a specific parking garage elevator down and he would find the answer to that question in the elevator. He gave me a weird look and asked what that could have to do with anything. As I explained I had been to the hospital earlier in the day and had been in that elevator. In very large letters, written on the elevator wall was "Cardiac Nurses suck - ICU nurses rule".

    It will be a great day when we all learn to appreciate the other.
    right. because everyone thinks a doctor at a LTC is on the same level as a ortho surgeon at a major trauma center.............. ( just thinking about how they seemed to imply that the LTC nurses were doing something wrong). interesting.
  7. by   Lilli RN
    Your statement "we are our own worst enemies" says it all! I work in the the ED as a prn staff nurse and see how floor nurses are treated by ed nurses, and inturn how ed nurses are treated by ICU. There is definitely a pecking order. My full time job is prehospital education, and I was a paramedic before I became a nurse; therefore, I had experienced some of the turf wars between nurses and paramedics. I can understand the "wars" between different entities (I do not think they are productive for safe patient care); however, the war between nurses cannot be won and every nurse suffers the consequences.
  8. by   misava
    I think the greatest thing about nursing is the variety of roles there are out there for nurses! We need all of them (us)!
  9. by   analystmama
    Good job, I really liked this and glad it's out here for everyone to read & think about. :redpinkhe
  10. by   rn/writer
    Thank you so much for all of the positive responses. I really hoped that most nurses felt this way.
  11. by   PPAA
    Good read, thanks.