Just thought I'd share a "moment" that I had with my 4 1/2
year old daughters this morning.
We were playing on the bed and she said "Mommy I want to be like you someday". After hugs, I asked her if she wanted to be a nurse? She said, "No, I want to be a Doctor!" I asked her why. Her response to me was, "because I like the Doctor". Her main experiences with health care consist of the normal ocaasional trip to the ER and trips to her perdiatrician. After I thought about I realized that the scrubs
I wear is her focal point. All the people in these places wear scrubs, except for the Doctor. Of all those people I can honestly say, few of them smiled and spoke nicely to her. They were the front desk people, medical records people, and MA's. The very few nurses that were involved in any of her care did of course smile and were nice but they were so few and far between that I am sure all she remembers and sees are the busy and down to business non nursing staff that look like mommy who is a nurse in thier scrubs. I guess I'm bringing up the issue of uniforms or something that could help identify us as nurses and seperate from the non nursing staff. My daughter wants to be a Dr. because that is who has been geniunly interested in making her feel better (besides mommy of course). The street cloths and lab coats never scare her. I'm beginning to think all those toon scrubs along with all the other visual stimulants in a clinical setting are just too much. Think about it, the wall paper, the ceilings, pictures, toys, books, not to mention all the strange equipment and some of them embelished with her favorite characters too. It is the one who is dressed like everyone else in the real world that she feels comfortable with! All those in toon and fancy prints just let her know they match the wall paper and I'm not so sure I really like this place to begin with, so that person in the scrub I probably don't like either. Just my thoughts on her perspective. By the way, I wear those toon and print scrubs, so don't get me wrong. I am just trying to re-evaluate if I should continue now that my daughter is so sure she doesn't want to be a nurse, but would be a doctor. So much to learn from the little ones. Sigh. Your opinions and thoughts appreciated. Oh, she also knows as a nurse I have worked nights and weekends and left her home with so mommy could take care of other people. What a bummer for a little one! Family time first in my life from now on!