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Have you ever been told

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Specializes in LTC.

Have you ever been told by someone (non-nurse)that nursing is easy? because "the only thing nurses do, is give out meds"

I was told this the other day and I wanted to slap the person silly

Not exactly. I think a lot of people don't realize exactly what nurses do, and I got a lot of comments about whether I was sure I wanted to be wiping people's butts and dealing with vomit all day.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 40 years experience.

Everyone, except for nurses, are completely oblivious to what nurses are and what they do.....

RPN_2012

Specializes in Geriatrics/Retirement Residence. Has 5 years experience.

Have you ever been told by someone (non-nurse)that nursing is easy? because "the only thing nurses do, is give out meds"

I was told this the other day and I wanted to slap the person silly

Yes, and I wanted to thow something heavy at them:mad:, and I'm not even a nurse yet, I'm a 1st semester nursing student! I can't stand it when people say things like that, about things they know nothing about! The public in general is VERY missinformed about what nurses do, what nursing school entails etc, etc...:rolleyes: It frustrating to say the least!:mad: They either think that nurse do nothing but empty bed pans, other says we nurses do nothing but give pills all day long, other think we just do what the doctor says etc, etc, ugh:uhoh3:.

schack

Specializes in med/surg, tele, OB.

I work in OB, so I constantly get "it must be so nice to rock babies all day"... Yeah right! I just smile and bite my tongue!

I'm not a nurse, yet, but I did get an odd comment about being in nursing school. My younger sister's friend, evidently, was to be a Physician Assistant, which is all well and good, but she's not exactly a great student in the sciences... Anyway, one day, she said to me, "So, you're in the nursing program, right?" Now, at our school, the nursing program (RN or LPN) is pretty much the toughest program to be in, so I was prepared to get the glory of it all when I said, "Yes, the RN program."

Her: "I feel sorry for you."

All I could do was blink and stand there with my mouth open, so I said, "Why?"

She said, "Because that's so hard."

Me: "Well, sometimes the hardest things to get are the most valuable. This is a valuable degree and liscense."

Her: "Are you sure?"

Me: "Yes, and what are your career goals?"

Her: "Physician Assistant"

So, I, in my wonderful wisdom tell her that I was once going for that, but that after some soul searching, I decided that nursing was a better fit because I would actually be helping the patients, not writing prescriptions and sending people for tests, etc. And do you know what the little runt said in response?

Her: "That's good for you, but I don't want to SETTLE to be a nurse."

All I could do was walk away before I exploded on her. The thing is, her mother is a nurse, and she got her degree at the same school!

The only reasoning I can figure for this is that she wants to go above and beyond her mother's training, which is fine. But, by saying that I was settling to be a nurse instead of PA was completely insulting not only to myself and the entire nursing world, but her mother in particular.

And another thing, evidently this poor girl doesn't know what it takes to even get into PA school. First, she doesn't understand the fact that she'll have to get her BS in either Biology or Chemistry to get the required prereqs, then there's getting into the program, then going for two years non-stop to get through it. Oh, and did I mention she's been working on an asosciates degree in science for about 3.5 years? By the time she gets to her goal, if she makes it, she'll be her mother's age and no farther than her. And, she'll probably be expecting her mom to still be paying her bills.

Sorry if this offends anyone, it's just that she really got under my skin! Isn't it crazy when people can just plant that little bug in your ear and it stays there forever just buzzing and irritating you until you go insane? Seems like that's what she did to me, and putting all of it out here where someone else could understand helps a lot.

Julie :)

Me: I'm a nurse.

obsessive TV-watching cousin: The nurse stands there while the doctor tells her what to do.

She was being totally serious.

Had to take a few deep breaths before I could seize that teaching moment.

ObtundedRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 6 years experience.

"the only thing nurses do, is give out meds"

Giving meds is more of a nuisance to me. In school I thought, "Oh cool, I get to play with needles, and IV meds!" I'm in critical care now, and I look at that long MAR with many different IV meds and meds that have to be crushed and put down a tube. It takes a lot of time away from other things I need to get done for my patient. lol.

OCNRN63, RN

Specializes in Oncology; medical specialty website.

Have you ever been told by someone (non-nurse)that nursing is easy? because "the only thing nurses do, is give out meds"

I was told this the other day and I wanted to slap the person silly

Yes. Funny enough, it was on one of our "crazy" days.

my family too, was oblivious as to what nsg entailed.

i gave them copies of my nclex practice test.

ea and every person, literally dropped their jaws.

seriously, as esme stated, no one has a clue...

except for nurses themselves.

leslie

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

my mother always told me that all nurses did was sit at the nurse's station, drink coffee and tell the aides what to do. after more than 30 years as a nurse, i still haven't convinced her otherwise.

TDCHIM

Specializes in Health Information Management.

Wow, that's completely ignorant. Even before I (a non- and never-will be-nurse) wandered onto this site, I was aware there was a lot more to nursing than "doing what the doctor says" or "wiping people's butts." How sad and scary it is that people are so clueless about the true nature of nursing!

If it makes y'all feel any better, half my extended family still thinks I'm going to school to be a "medical transcriptionist." Yes, because I'd need a bachelor's degree to do that.... I don't know what hurts the most when I hear that: my tongue, my head, or my pride! :)

RPN_2012

Specializes in Geriatrics/Retirement Residence. Has 5 years experience.

Sorry if this offends anyone, it's just that she really got under my skin! Isn't it crazy when people can just plant that little bug in your ear and it stays there forever just buzzing and irritating you until you go insane? Seems like that's what she did to me, and putting all of it out here where someone else could understand helps a lot.

Julie :)

Julie, just let it go, if you're proud to be a nurse, you gotta let it go! :)

It bugs me when I hear people say these kind of ignorant things... but I forget in 2 mins, and I continue being proud of what nursing is, and how far it has come (and can't wait to join your ranks!) :) I would just wait and see where that little bug is 10 years from now, if she'll make it or not:rolleyes:... If I was in your shoes at that moment I would probably be sarcastic :devil: and say something in the lines of: "Why would you want to settle for PA? go and be a DOCTOR!!!" This would "downplaying" the importance of PA, and it would propably bug her, it would be interesting to see what she'll say to that! :D

RPN_2012

Specializes in Geriatrics/Retirement Residence. Has 5 years experience.

Wow, that's completely ignorant. Even before I (a non- and never-will be-nurse) wandered onto this site, I was aware there was a lot more to nursing than "doing what the doctor says" or "wiping people's butts." How sad and scary it is that people are so clueless about the true nature of nursing!

If it makes y'all feel any better, half my extended family still thinks I'm going to school to be a "medical transcriptionist." Yes, because I'd need a bachelor's degree to do that.... I don't know what hurts the most when I hear that: my tongue, my head, or my pride! :)

ouch! family gotta lov 'em!:D

what are you in school for? (just curious)

TDCHIM

Specializes in Health Information Management.

ouch! family gotta lov 'em!:D

what are you in school for? (just curious)

I'm studying health information management and will sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator exam when I graduate. It's an expanding and fairly cool field, but somehow people always seem to think we're the people who have those jobs you see advertised during daytime or late-night TV. "You too can work from home as a medical transcriptionist!" Ugh. :uhoh3: ;)

RPN_2012

Specializes in Geriatrics/Retirement Residence. Has 5 years experience.

I'm studying health information management and will sit for the Registered Health Information Administrator exam when I graduate. It's an expanding and fairly cool field, but somehow people always seem to think we're the people who have those jobs you see advertised during daytime or late-night TV. "You too can work from home as a medical transcriptionist!" Ugh. :uhoh3: ;)

Good for you! It is an expanding field :) I see your pain, I know someone who is studyng health information management too and when some people ask if that person is going to be a dr's. secretary :uhoh3::mad: *** ppl?

I had a family member say this to me:

So, who is gonna take care of my grandma all night? I replied "I am your grandma's nurse". Then she goes on to say, when will the doctor be in to take care of her? I explained docs make rounds in the AM, but for the most part I will be with your grandma for the next 12 hours. She then says, what if something goes wrong how is the nurse gonna handle it? I want the doctor here with my grandma instead of the nurse. Grandma will get better care if the doctor take care of her instead of the nurse.

After seeing red, I calmed down and told her this:

Ma'am, I'm not sure if you are aware of what nurses do. However, the doctors do not come and sit with patients for 12 hours. It is my job as a nurse to go over your grandma's medications, assess her every 4 hours, and if my assessment findings show something abnormal, I call the doctor and tell him. I will also make suggestions to the doctor regarding your grandma's care. Doctors and nurses work together to implement care.

She then goes on to say: you better take good care of her and walks out. The patient tells me "honey just ignore her, she's a little special if you know what I mean".

After that, I felt alot better.

cmonkey

Specializes in student; help!.

Yes, and I wanted to thow something heavy at them:mad:, and I'm not even a nurse yet, I'm a 1st semester nursing student! I can't stand it when people say things like that, about things they know nothing about! The public in general is VERY missinformed about what nurses do, what nursing school entails etc, etc...:rolleyes: It frustrating to say the least!:mad: They either think that nurse do nothing but empty bed pans, other says we nurses do nothing but give pills all day long, other think we just do what the doctor says etc, etc, ugh:uhoh3:.

*I* was misinformed about what nurses do until this semester, so I'm not surprised the public is.