Nursing curriculum needs more respect! - page 4

Reading all these post makes me realize that I was not the only one who thought that nursing school was very hard. However, now being a nurse for 4 1/2 years, it sad to realize that the only people... Read More

  1. by   Q.
    Strangely enough this is a very old argument.

    I read this in the literature:

    Some nursing practitioners argue that inadequate care of patients is a result of the nurses' compliance with excessive "expectations" of administrators, physicians, directors and supervisors of nursing which leaves them insufficient time to care for patients according to a professional conscious. Frustrated and dissatisfied, some nurses plead for more workers to help them; others work still harder to comply with the "expectations" while attempting to care for patients at the same time; still others leave the active practice of nursing entirely. Conversely, less frustrated nurses view compliance with these "expectations", excessive or not, as the nature and purpose of their jobs. Another of these arguments ascribes the inadequacy of patient care to nurse's preoccupation with procedural activities prescribed by doctors and administrators.
    In other words, we will gain respect when we start recognizing that we are responsible for how our profession is viewed and treated. We are complacent and allow this to happen. Until all of nursing understands that we are NOT simply there to "care" for everyone, and that our ultimately goal TO provide good care is our OWN needs as a profession, we will never gain respect.

    Oh, and the above quote was written in 1973.
  2. by   whipping girl in 07
    Yes, Suzy, you are right. But what can we do about it? How can we get the nurses who "lay down and take it" to stand up and do something about it?
  3. by   Q.
    This seems to cross-over from the "victim" thread.

    Sadly, until nurses stop falling into that role, we can't do a thing about it.
  4. by   smg
    I am a student right now and I work part time as a waitress. My hourly pay is $9.76. Most nights I will make about $200 or so in tips. I also work on Thursday and Friday nights. But the pay is good.
    What I am hoping is that nursing will be more of a rewarding career.. not just about money (please don't get me wrong money is good also. )