What do you tell people? - page 2

Hi! This is the first thread I've posted......and I'm afraid it's a bit of a silly question, but I hope to get a couple of replies! I'm in a class right now where I had to read a couple of... Read More

  1. by   32yr_rn
    I have been a nurse for 32 yrs and find that people have different ideas of what nurses do. A lot of folks really respect me for what I do. Usually, someone has to be a patient to really understand what we do. A good nurse when you or a loved one is sick is the greatest blessing you can receive. I know for I have been on the receiving end too.
  2. by   Dazedgiggle
    Wow, I want to thank everyone for the great replies!! At least I know I'm not the only one that feels like I just can't explain it, too. But there have been some great answers!! Thanks!
  3. by   eak16
    when i was deciding whether or not to be a nurse I had coffee with an accquaintance who had been an RN for twenty years. I asked "what exactly do nurses do?" and she just rolled her eyes and said "everything!" and wouldn't be more specific. She actually advised me NOT to become a nurse, but luckily after a bit more research I figured out what nurses do and decided that it was in fact for me. Some of you have said that you "dont want to go into the details of what we do," when tallking to people, but I think that if we did go into the details more people may just respect nurses more.
    the most objective source on what nurses "actually do" is nurses.