Originally posted by NannaNurse
SuzyK.....Could you please clarify your comment regarding....bedside care and breaking your back? To me, if your a nurse and not doing bedside care or direct patient care then your teaching or in administration and not really practing nursing care??? Am I wrong?
To me, being a nurse IS all about bedside care. Breaking my back.....yes and I hate it. In fact, my back hurts right now...ha.
I was just wondering what you meant by your remark.
Absolutely yes you are wrong. If I am not in bedside care, that means I am in any other slew of positions for RNs, such as research, admin, teaching, case management, public health, academia, clinic nursing, telephone triage....to name a few. In my opinion, that IS nursing care, whether it's for patients in a different setting or for our future nurses. Ask many case managers here; they are sure practicing their nursing care but in a different way.
There are times when bedside care, in a hospital, is too much to bear both physically and emotionally. Having the option to leave that and work in OTHER areas that are NOT physically demanding is the greatest option of having an RN, in my opinion. That is what I meant. There is more to nursing than bedside care.