I'm Only A Nurse......

  1. Please Respond To This Statement..
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  3. by   unknown99
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    What type of responses do you mean? I'm a little slow today!!!
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    I'm only a nurse, I can't solve your family's 30 years of dysfunctional dynamics during a two day hospital stay.

    steph
  5. by   unknown99
    Quote from stevielynn
    I'm only a nurse, I can't solve your family's 30 years of dysfunctional dynamics during a two day hospital stay.

    steph
    OOH, thanks Steph!!! I get it now!!
    I'm only a nurse... I cannot prescribe medication for you. I can only give you what the doctor has ordered.
  6. by   mye614
    Quote from sagarcia210
    What type of responses do you mean? I'm a little slow today!!!
    I'm sorry, I should've been clear on what I'm trying to ask...Well, I hear some nurses at the hospital whereI do my clinical rotations make this comment to family members or patients "I'm only a nurse" and being a student nurse, I sort of disagree with this "I'm only a nurse" response. I see how multitalented nurses are. They can juggles so many things at once, they teach, counsell, manage tasks intelligently and best of all care for their patients. I strongly believe that they should realized how important and valuable they are in the care of their patients and that thay should not call themselves "only a nurse".
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Actually I'm not sure that is the direction the OP wanted to take.

    But keep going .. .

    steph
  8. by   medsurgnurse
    I like stevielynn's response.
  9. by   medsurgnurse
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    I'm only a nurse, not a magician. I can't make you better with a magic wand. You will actually have to take the treatments and medication prescribed by the doctor.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ............................I am only a nurse.....................
    NOT A
    plumber
    housekeeper
    lab tech
    cardio/pulmonary person
    dietician
    cook
    waitress
    electrician
    maid
    psychiatrist
    computer tech


    or even a doctor......

    Please remember that when I am asked to do all the tasks of the above in my 12 short hours on shift.
  11. by   steelcityrn
    Im only a nurse.....That tries her best each day to make a difference in your life
  12. by   Aneroo
    Hmmmm... I've never liked this statement, only because of the emphasis on the word ONLY You ARE a nurse, not just only....you do so much more than nursing.
    Plumber- yeah you are...different drains. lol
    Housekeeper- if a patient pukes on the floor, are you going to stand there and let it sit while you wait for the housekeeper to come back to the floor, or would you spend the two minutes it take and wipe it up?
    Lab Tech- You draw labs? You know what they mean? Yeah, you are....
    Cardio/pulmonary person- You might not know what every button on a vent means, but you know how to get air in a person if they are unable to do so for themselves, and you're able to pound their chest until their heart is able to do that job them selves too
    Dietician- Yeah. No concentrated sweets? Low sodium to the ESRD patient? Yeah, you are...
    Cook/waitress- you got me there. No comeback. lol If so, I want tips and coffee breaks.
    Electrician- Why does this heart lead go here?
    Psychiatrist- Didn't we all take psych as part of our nursing courses? Think about it next time you're giving haldol...
    Computer tech- we chart on computers. If it screws up, we have to know how to work around it.
    Doctor- No, you don't have MD behind your name... You have RN. You're the one telling the doctor what's going on with the patient. You're the one hopefully catching the MD's errors. You're the one explaining things to the confused patient.
    Please don't ever consider yourself ONLY a nurse. Think of everything you can do!
    -Andrea (ONLY a nursing student)
  13. by   Dorito
    I never put the word "only" in the statement. I may say "I'm a nurse" or "I'm not the doctor" but I feel the word "only" indicates that we are not capable of many things which most of us are masters at multi-tasking.
  14. by   apaisRN
    Nope. Bad phrase. I was present when one family member told another "How would she know (the plan of care)? She's only a nurse!" This was in ICU, where nurses are as skilled and independent as anywhere. I repeated what she said with a questioning tone and another family member, embarrassed, tried to discount the comment.

    "I am a nurse" is appropriate in terms of, I am not a waitress, personal servant, punching bag, etc. But "only" demeans what we are.

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