big bad nursing myths busted

  1. In the name of nursing week I will defend our profession. I'm not trying to stir up controversy, but lets admit nurses perpetuate myths about their own profession and injure nursing's rep way more than everyone else can. Ever heard any good ones?

    For example:

    Geriatric nursing is only for untalented nurses and ones gearing down for their retirement.:trout:
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  3. by   kmblue39
    Nurses eat their young.
  4. by   crissrn27
    Geriatrics, correction nursing, ER, blah blah (usually the one the nurse who is talking about hates, or is scared of) are only for "bad" nurses

    nurses eat their young

    ICU, OB, ER, etc are cliquish, and no one can penetrate their barriers, or they are all "mean"
  5. by   reesern63
    Nurses eat their young.
  6. by   Imafloat
    BSN nurses are only booksmart.

    Critical care is not for new grads.

    New grads need to start in Med Surg.

    My personal favorite.....

    Nurses eat their young.
  7. by   TazziRN
    BSN nurses are smarter/better.

    Nurses eat their young.
  8. by   caliotter3
    At my first job in a LTC facility I met a nurse in her 70's who had been an RN for over 50 years. She once told me that when she graduated from nrsg school, only the poor students without good references, took jobs in home care (private duty). Working in home care meant you weren't good enough to get a job in an acute care hospital. The attitude was that private duty home care was akin to "maid". Since I'm a home health nurse, I'm glad that attitude has changed in (now) 60 years.
  9. by   santhony44
    Night shift is easy; all the patients do is sleep all night.


    Nurses eat their young. (I want mine deep fried and served with honey mustard).
  10. by   TazziRN
    Quote from santhony44
    Nurses eat their young. (I want mine deep fried and served with honey mustard).

    No no......sauteed with a brown sugar sauce is the best way!
  11. by   llg
    1. All people in leadership positions are there because they couldn't hack it at the bedside.

    2. The more education you have, the more likely it is that you are a terrible nurse and don't know what you are talking about.

    3. Adult med/surg nursing provides the foundation for all other types of nursing -- and all new grads should get adult med/surg experience before moving on to any other specialty. (Note that I said "other" specialty because I believe adult med/surg to be a specialty, too.)

    ... and last but not least ...

    4. Nurses eat their young more than other professionals do.
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from llg
    1. All people in leadership positions are there because they couldn't hack it at the bedside.
    You mean that's not true??? Just kidding! (well, I do know a few this applies to)

    Home Health nurses don't have enough clinical experience to work in the hospital.

    Nurses eat their young. They're delicious!
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on May 6, '07
  13. by   P_RN
    Oh no not ORTHO "all that traction"

    And of course the eating part.
  14. by   firstyearstudent
    Psych nurses are lazy and won't or can't do med/surg.

    Psych nurses are crazy.

    I had an ICU nurse tell me this one last week: How can you tell a psych nurse from her/his patients? They let the psych nurse keep her shoelaces.

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