For Sale: Used Nurse. Dirt Cheap! - page 8

I'm not sure if it's because I was a good deal older than many of my classmates when I graduated from nursing school and found out very quickly that I was nowhere near as smart as I thought I was, or... Read More

  1. by   whodatnurse
    Quote from prmenrs
    I came to a point once where I decided I didn't want a career, I wanted a job. It's worked out ok so far!
    OMG, this is the BEST blog ever! The details may differ, but the disenchantment with that whole so-called 'career-building' culture rings true for SO many of us. When I have more time I'm going to come back and share some of my own story.

    I just wanted to say for now that I TOO came to that same "I just want a reasonably satisfying job that pays a living wage" conclusion awhile back. It won't surprise me at all if in the future we see more people choosing both a college education AND a means of earning a living that hasn't traditionally been considered "white-collar professional". I think people will continue to value education for the way it grows the intellect and shapes ones' world views but they'll no longer necessarily use it to define what they "should" be doing with their lives.
  2. by   RyanSofie
    I am sitting here typing this wondering if I am indeed insane for choosing to be an R.N. I am overwhelmed at the moment with paperwork and the insanity is I have no "Forms". It is Sunday but my brain is on Monday..Tues...etc..etc..Always a step or one thousand ahead.Friday was a "chastisement" from a patients' mom over my tossing a bag of Frito's in the trash because the child was refusing lunch in lieu of Frito's. This child is scheduled for major surgery in a few weeks and has lost 4 lbs in one month. I reasoned ( Real Nut that I am ) that he needed that turkey sandwich and the Frito's had to go! What do I know? Of course "mom" read me the riot act in front of the child...and he is a very astute little guy and assumes now all he needs to do is tell this nurse that "his mom is gonna yell at me" if I don't allow him to have his way. Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh !!!! Why am I doing this again? Remind me fellow nurses...do we not have enough on our plates without dealing with this kind of nonsense? After all we must attend to the "forms" and the paper trail we lay down day after day. What is the priority again? Yes...I do believe this nurse has finally slipped into insanity...
  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    No, it's not you, it's the system that's insane.

    I've pretty much decided that the only way to save our profession from the empty suits that have turned nursing into a "customer-service" enterprise and the receiving of health care into a day at Wally World, is to stand up together and say "ENOUGH!". We used to be authority figures---enforcers of the physician's orders, if nothing else---and now we're regarded as little more than glorified waitresses/secretaries/housekeepers/gofers. I'm sorry, but I didn't go through all those years of college just to become a Stepford drone with a script: "Is there anything else I can do for you? I have the time"
  4. by   uscgtrucker
    Kudos to you. Loved the story and congrats to you for realizing whats really important, I too used to be a slave to the rat race and the almighty dollar til circumstances beyond my control forced me to make a career change and I went into nursing. Now, even though I make about a quarter of what i did at my former career, I consider myself rich beyond my dreams in the departments of family time and job satisfaction.
  5. by   brownigirl1972
    I must say that I was really touched by your posting. I became a CNA 10yrs ago saying that I wanted to help heal the world. Soon after I found out that a CNA can never do what I thought was possible. Here I am now 10yrs later getting my LVN (soon if I can pass this N-CLEX) I feel that this will give me a better opportunity to live out my dream,lol. Then I will be on to my RN I pray that I have what you have to make it when I get there.
  6. by   whodatnurse
    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    No, it's not you, it's the system that's insane.

    I've pretty much decided that the only way to save our profession from the empty suits that have turned nursing into a "customer-service" enterprise and the receiving of health care into a day at Wally World, is to stand up together and say "ENOUGH!". We used to be authority figures---enforcers of the physician's orders, if nothing else---and now we're regarded as little more than glorified waitresses/secretaries/housekeepers/gofers. I'm sorry, but I didn't go through all those years of college just to become a Stepford drone with a script: "Is there anything else I can do for you? I have the time"
    VivaLasViejas - Love your moniker! And just wanted to share a "Stepford drone with a script" story. Last year as a student nurse, I did my OB rotation at this hospital where every morning as the RNs went around assessing their patients, they were required to ask them. "What is your goal for the day?" I never saw a single client NOT look at the nurse like he/she was NUTS.
  7. by   diane227
    I am very used and I feel like I have been thrown out with the bath water. If you read my profile you will see that I have a lot of experience and I feel that I have a lot to offer my organization. We have a new nursing director and she has all these new projects and teams going. We are not doing anything new or anyting that had not been done before. When I have tried to politely contribute to the conversations, she cuts me off at the knees. I have offered to give inservices on various topics and to participate on the hospital safety committee, but no one seems to be interested in this. I am told by almost everyone in the facility, from other departments, physicians, etc that I am one of the strongest nurses there. My manager told me just last week that if she had an emergency, there is no other person that she would want there. I understand politically correct. I know how to deal with problems and keep my stress under control. I know how to deal with almost every situation that comes up because I have seen it before. I can stay calm in an emergency. But I feel very defeated. I feel like, for the first time in my life that my experience and my knowledge are of no use or interest to my organization and I am being treated like a new charge nurse with no management experience. I am very defeated and demoralized. I did not want to have my career end on this note.
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm sorry to hear that. It must be supremely frustrating to have someone walk in off the street with a batch of "new" ideas that aren't new at all, and to be forced to deal with yet another know-it-all who thinks she wrote the book on nursing.

    You're not that much older than I am......you still have plenty to offer, and many years of useful work life left. Don't let this manager force you out of your career if you're not ready to end it!
  9. by   MaritesaRN
    Quote from diane227
    I am very used and I feel like I have been thrown out with the bath water. If you read my profile you will see that I have a lot of experience and I feel that I have a lot to offer my organization. We have a new nursing director and she has all these new projects and teams going. We are not doing anything new or anyting that had not been done before. When I have tried to politely contribute to the conversations, she cuts me off at the knees. I have offered to give inservices on various topics and to participate on the hospital safety committee, but no one seems to be interested in this. I am told by almost everyone in the facility, from other departments, physicians, etc that I am one of the strongest nurses there. My manager told me just last week that if she had an emergency, there is no other person that she would want there. I understand politically correct. I know how to deal with problems and keep my stress under control. I know how to deal with almost every situation that comes up because I have seen it before. I can stay calm in an emergency. But I feel very defeated. I feel like, for the first time in my life that my experience and my knowledge are of no use or interest to my organization and I am being treated like a new charge nurse with no management experience. I am very defeated and demoralized. I did not want to have my career end on this note.
    There is nothing wrong w/ you, it is POLITICS ! Unfortunately , this is quite common in hospital administrations , and corporates, who have their pet candidates and "chosen" ones to take positions . This new director is very much threatened by your experience, possibley because hers is inferior to yours. I am mot trying to ignite an already burning fire here, but sadly this is a fact. Just continue to do your good job , and excel in whatever you are doing, and stay away from politics. Protect yourself and exit from the " eat your own young" scenario. Let the new director create her own hell ..........she will if that is her attitude towards you....obviously her behaviore reveals an insecurity, or she will not cut you off from your knees. A good leader listens, not compete!
  10. by   MaritesaRN
    This is good to know that this is considered a common occurence , although not a welcome one. It is amazing how we make things personal . For example in an interview....You know you can do the job , and anything else new can be learned....but some of these people think they are interviewing you for President of the US, or something. I know that people carry their baggages heavily on their shoulder , including me, but I make it an effort to be aware as to why and how I am reacting. It sure would be nice if people can put down these baggages so they can do their jobs better and deal w/ people more effectively ?
  11. by   RyanSofie
    We are "nurses"...professional, intelligent and very much neccessary in health care. I am proud to be one of you and proud of ALL of you . We have a difficult profession but we are CAPABLE . There are not many outside our profession who would CHOOSE to do what we do day in and day out. We certainly do not make our "fortunes" in this field. We pay our dues far more than what we earn. We are REWARDED in ways beyond the dollar. We are presence in time of need for our patients and their families. We place ourselves in the center of the pain and sorrow that illness brings and we offer to carry a bit of that burden for those we care for. We utilize our knowledge and experience to fine tune a plan of care that offers hope. Be PROUD of yourselves my fellow nurses !! I am PROUD to be one of you...
  12. by   MaritesaRN
    Wow, you define a current happenings all over the country ... countless people losing their jobs and houses. Makes me really look and face reality. Nowadays people are less kinder, America has become a place for extremely greedy capitalism ( look at enron , aig , the car bailouts and do not forget wall street who pulls the puppet strings. I am for capitalism , as long as it benefits the people , and not ruin them for the corporates bottomless hunger for profits. It makes me think ( and please do not panic) that there must be a reason why socialism thrived in another countries.......well I can make a guess .......probably have to ..... to save the working class, or they will become a beast of burden , they work but they can not even support themselves and their families anymore because of unfair tax delegations ( the working class is supporting the very rich and the poor) , so eventually this class will cease to exist, and who is going to support the greedy rich people and the real needy people? Nobody !!!!!
    Hence socialism may exist very easily in this kind of environment...it is inevitable ---unless we all help w/ the reforms that is ongoing now in the health system and the financial system.
    and a word w/ those ED...they will get their time and they too will be fired , because they did not jump high enough!!! The sad part ???? these business people are honing in on these elderly facilities because they can make a fast buck ???? I have heard enough w/ LTC , that there is some understaffing. Ex. How in heavens name can you keep up as to what is going on w/ your patients if you have a hundred of them ???????? Could somebody tell me please?????
  13. by   Deborahreeves
    As a nurse, I have never wanted to be in a supervisory postion. Some people don't understand that, but all I have ever wanted to do was bedside, hands on nursing. Good for you for following your heart! I assumed pyramid thing had something to do with cheerleading! If you never call in sick, I am sure your co workers understand when you have a family emergency. No guilt

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