Is a nurse respected?

  1. I hear so much from reading about nurses being disrespected, unhappy with their jobs, some say they burn out after 1 or 2 years. I would like to know straight from a nurse is this all true? I would really like to know how a nurse feels about thier job. This is not for any type of report....this is because Im going to be a RN
    Thankyou all,
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  3. by   CEN35
    Cindie -

    I think quite a few things need to be looked at when asking this question. There are doctors, administrators, patients and the general public. There are patients that totally respect a nurse (m/b 30% IMO). There are people that have the, "your only a nurse attitude". These people are the people that show immense ignorance towards nurses, as well as illrespect. I think many people have no idea the knowledge, and intelligence it takes to be a good nurse. These people don't beleive anything the nurse tells them, then the doc tells them the same thing the nurse told them. However, because they heard it from a doctor, they will now beleive it. I also think that there is a large population of people/patients, that have no idea how understaffed some places are d/t insurance issues. They feel if though they are being neglected, and the nurse is the one that is in contact with the patient the most. Tere fore she will take all the heat, bickering and complaints.
    I think from the doctors point of view, it's an experience thing. They are in contact with nurses all the time. There are great, super smart nurses, who probably should be licensed to practice medicine. However, there are also extremely ignorant, no common sense low iq nurses. I've seen this first hand. So what you have to remember is that docs see this also. It's esay to fall into the sterotype trap, they are all dumb. The bottom line is you have to prove yourself to most docs. There will always be some that you, nor any other nurse can make an impression on. Don't know what else to say? I think if you deal with a lot of disrespectfull people on a regular basis, burnout comes quicker.

  4. by   LRichardson
    Nursing is my 2nd profession.. and i believe it IS a profession.. it has it's high points and low points.. yes, there is great danger of burnout.. i acknowledge that and have a plan to combat it.. no nursing is not perfect and most definitely not for everyone..

    how do i feel about my profession?? I LOVE IT!! does it have it's areas that need improvement?? you bet and i spend a lot of my energy working towards those improvements.. but that's part of the unique challenge of nursing.. you'll always be learning and growing.. what an EXCITING ADVENTURE!!

    if you enjoy making a difference in peoples lives.. and you like having a positive impact on your profession... if you're not easily discouraged but are strong of heart.. if you see the glass as half full not half emtpy.. if you can smile and have a polite reply when you are discouraged and told how futile your efforts for change are... if you can do all this and STILL feel the fire when you've played an integral role in seeing a 19 year old, tornado victim, father of one, come out of a coma, get off the ventilator and two weeks later WALK into the unit to tell all the nurses he has no memory of thanks.. if THAT doesn't ignite the fire and keep it burning.. then don't come into nursing.. it'll be just another boring job <wink>

    so, is a nurse respected? i have the best respect there is.. self respect..
  5. by   Erbn Girl
    LRichardson!!! Here!! Here!! It was as if you read my mind and my heart! I couldn't have said it better myself!!!
  6. by   Suzanne
    Cindie for me nursing is what I wanted to do since school.
    At present I go to work a little stressed but hopefully that will pass. Bad times come as well as good times.
    I have been in this job for for the last 25 years on and off. I remember when I returned after 6yrs away, it was like coming home as I walked through the hospital doors.
    I trained in the times when training was hospital based and you got paid to be a trainee.
    I have seen those times change to tertiary based study. I have great sympathy for those not as lucky as me, having all the theory but scant practical experience to back them when they become RNs.
    I continue to learn from them, after all I got in theory what they get in practical time.
    My job gets frustrating to the point of wanting to walk out, but I never do.
    Nursing has rewards me far more than it depresses me.
    If I won lotto tomorrow would I be back at work the next day. Yes, for I enjoy what I do, it is an integral part of my life.
    I hope you have as much fun as I have had so far, good luck.
    Suzanne Newton

  7. by   bugsy
    I've worked as an RN for 6 years. It can be very stressful and there is a high turnover rate where I work. Talking with another RN there appears to be a high turnover rate overall in most hospitals as nurses move hoping for higher pay, benefits and better worker conditions. I work for a small hospital approx 250 beds, which is unionized. Our pay is on the low side for the region but we've always had good patient ratio's, although everything has been in flux recently due to redesign. Previously the surgical floor had 4-5 patients per nurse, then 8 patients a nurse. So many nurses quit over the new ratios that the surgical unit was closed down for a couple months and has recently reopened now taking only 7 patients a piece with a PCA. I work on a step-down floor with 3-5 patients a piece, three for PTCA with sheaths or titrating nitro drips. We have an assertive pro-nurse manager who fought for us. Our new ratio's are 4-5, 6 at max with a pca. I know our ratios are better than at most hospitals. We also have good support services, IV team, lab, rehab.

    But many people leave over the stress. I cut back to 4 days a week and find the stress alot more manageable. That extra day off a week makes a world of difference. You can always pick up an extra day or two if desired.

    I've had good experience with the doctors and patients, most are respectful and positive toward nurses. Many doctors thank me for calling about a situation and the patients are very appreciative in general of nurses efforts. Granted there are still the rare doctors who are rude to nurses, and there are certain cardioligists and cardiac surgeons who are arrogent and rude, but thankfully they are the exception.
  8. by   Pat G
    I have wanted to be a nurse ever since I was
    a teenager & read Cherry Ames, Student Nurse,
    (way before your time). I started out as a
    candy stripper & then nurses aide & loved
    every minute of it. I have been an RN for
    36yrs. I continue to love nursing & the
    profession of medicine in general. I am
    drawn to anything medicallly related.
    There may have been times I didn't like my
    job, but not nursing. Sometimes we may think
    we don't like nursing when it's simply a
    job change we need.
    I have always felt respected by my patients,
    co workers & other professionals. I also
    conduct myself in a manner to warrant that
    I now work in a small physician's office
    where I am the only nurse,along with other
    lay people. As soon as I tell someone I am
    the nurse, either on the phone or in person,
    they seem to really respect what I say to
    them, even if they have been giving someone
    else in the office a "hard time".
    If you respect most people & treat them with
    dignity, usually you can have them "eating
    out of your hands"(there's always a few