Are you my waitress today? - page 6

:madface: I work in an oncology clinic and this was the question ask to me. How would you have responded? :nono: My response was "I did not go to school for 10 years to be called a waitress. I am... Read More

  1. by   mariedoreen
    I would've laughed and said, "I dunno, is there a tip involved? And do I have to do anything besides bring you something to eat or drink??? If I don't have to start your IV, analyze your labs, change your dressing, listen to your lungs, or check all your medications... then yeah I'll be your waitress!"
  2. by   blueiwahine
    LOL...I'm glad to know other people feel the way I do....I'm a new nurse, only been working 4 months and I'm starting to think why the hell did I suffer through 4 years of school to become nothing more than a glorified drug pushing waitress. lol
  3. by   sweetcheekers
    No, I'm your nurse. You must be disoriented because you are at a hospital not a restaraunt.
  4. by   Pbelle
    If that waitress had made that comment to me, I wouldn't have left her a tip at all. Maybe someday some 'glorified waitress' will save her life - it would be interesting to see if her attitude changed.

    Oh what am I thinking.....?
  5. by   MAP1
    Nurses did not do as much technical stuff as now but in someways I think they were given more respect. With the price of medical care nowadays patients want to be waited on - They see us as waitresses because so little public relations is done for nursing. They do not have a clue as to what we do. One time I had a very difficult patient - up and down to the bathroom and unable to move by himself so for 12 hrs I helped him do many things that day and at the end of the day he said to me - Nursing is so easy = I am surprised there is a shortage. I was thinking - you don't even realize how difficult caring for you today has been- oh well
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from RNsRWe
    LOL! How about the costume that includes Plumber Butt?

    I see more of that from the women in my class than i do from plumbers anymore.:uhoh21:
  7. by   RN BSN 2009
    I was a waitress for 2 1/2 years... whew glad that was over!
  8. by   gsd4me
    Quote from oldshoes
    And then there's the other extreme, with the idea of nurses as something like nuns. There is some precedence for this one, though: there are nuns who are also nurses, and, in fact, the concept of the nursing sister is so embedded in Australian culture that many nurses are still addressed as "sister", and a sort of veil is to them what the white cap is to American nurses.
    But, like I said, there is a precedent for that. I don't get where the whole "naughty nursey" thing came from. There's nothing sexy about being admitted to a hospital!
    Actually, in the 18th & 19th century, most "nurses" were prostitutes. Who better to take care of men, especially in war, than a women who were not uncomfortable seeing a naked man and caring for the needs of his body. "Ladies" would never deem this a proper vocation...until Florence Nightengale during the Crimean War. Even then, the "new" nurses got no respect because most nurses were still prostitiues who received most of their pay in liquor.
  9. by   ArmyMSN
  10. by   ArmyMSN
    Quote from GI Jackie
    So they base their choices on how rude they can be and how much abuse the staff will take? I highly doubt it.

    Nobody here is complaining about taking a patient a cup of coffee or a meal. They just want common courtesy and respect.

    I am not saying that anyone is complaining, but I think that people should realize that customer service and nursing go hand in hand. I know loads of people who DO rate a hospital based on how friendly and courteous the staff is to them while they are there. I know many people that will not go to facilities anymore for that reason alone. Do I think that PR should replace competent nurses? Absolutely not. I do think that people should not take offense at someone calling them a waitress. A little humor can go a long way. Joke it off and get them what they are asking for.

    Just keep in mind pts DO have a choice.


    Agree 100%.
  11. by   ArmyMSN
  12. by   LPN_Aries
    well i have previously been a waitress for 10 years, it put me through my first medical college course, so in this case i would have said... "i once was and it put me through college to server you in a medical way" then i would and put on a smile and carry on and go from there. i think to some people being in the hospital is a scary ordeal so therefore, they may say things that they do not mean or that do come out in the wrong way. so remember these patients/customers are scared and unsure of what is going on with them, laughter is the best medicine
  13. by   KLeigh
    During the last year of my BSN program, we studied the progression of the nursing profession over the years. I remember one of my instructors gave us a handout that listed what the responsibilities of the nurse used to be several decades ago (I want to say it was from the 1950s or something, but I'm not positive about the date). Anyway, it included--no joke--"sweeping the floor", among other "household" tasks (some of which we nurses do sometimes still take care of when necessary, like changing bed linens, but this list certainly didn't mention anything that sounded like today's skilled nursing duties).

    Although we all just laughed at the time, it was/is pretty insulting and frustrating that much of the public still remains so ignorant about the nursing profession.
    Last edit by KLeigh on Oct 19, '06