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I Should Be in Jail

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As a pediatric nurse, you see a lot. Human nature at it’s rawest. Most caregivers are decent, but there are those that you encounter that just...just make you wonder why you are not in jail for slapping their face. I mean, some people...you just want to punch them in the face. You are reading page 12 of I Should Be in Jail. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Support abortion? What makes you think the ones who should not have children will have abortions? The rest of your statement I can agree with but the support abortion... just can't. Sorry.

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Some people are simply not meant to be parents. Unfortunately, our society places a high value on men and women having children, whether they want to or not.

I have no children. Never wanted them. I am often asked if I am married and if I have kids. When I say no, I never wanted children, people look at me like I am a freak.

But I am somebody who actually understands the commitment involved with being a parent, and knew it was something I didn't want. I love kids. But also knew I didn't want the commitment.

I always say that kids need to fear their caregivers the most.

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KelRN215 has 10 years experience and works as a Complex Care Manager.

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Some people are simply not meant to be parents. Unfortunately, our society places a high value on men and women having children, whether they want to or not.

I have no children. Never wanted them. I am often asked if I am married and if I have kids. When I say no, I never wanted children, people look at me like I am a freak.

But I am somebody who actually understands the commitment involved with being a parent, and knew it was something I didn't want. I love kids. But also knew I didn't want the commitment.

I always say that kids need to fear their caregivers the most.

I'm a pediatric nurse of 11 years who does not want children. You can probably imagine the looks I get when I say that.

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twinmommy+2 works as a ED RN.

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Family members who berate a teenage sexual assault victim.

Family members that are too high to realize that their elderly loved one is cold and has no warm weather clothes and probably lives in filth.

Coworkers who talk behind others backs like they are not heard every day.

Hospice patients near death removed from their bed, placed on a cold ER gurney, so that we can poke them and prod them and place a foley cath for a likely result of their disease course, for which they died from a week later.

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Dragonnurse1 has 9 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Former ER nurse and home hemodialysis now just hom.

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I too had a Munchhausen's by proxy but here I was able to call child services immediately and the child was removed from the mother.

A 3 yo that called me a M*****F***** and his mother thought it was the funniest thing she ever heard. I was trying to numb his lip for sutures. The PA sutured him without numbing.

A 13 yo that was shot in the head because he would not give up a 25 cent bag of potato chips.

A 15 yo frequent overdose attempt but after his 3rd round I knew his grandmother as she was my Mom's hairdresser and his other grandmother worked upstairs in our hospital. His language directed at his father could make a sailor blush and he tried to leave the ER. Yeah his head got pinned to the bed as he was told his butt was mine. I had called his grandmother down and she was glad I did what I did. The child never made another attempt again and finally turned out OK.

The 11 yo that had been discharged from a Children's Hospital earlier that day post cardiac shunt and while driving home the shunt tore loose. The parents accused us of not doing our best because they were Hindu's.

There were others but not related to the family For me it was mostly teenagers between 13 and 19 that pressed my buttons.

All children are hard when they are in the ER and as nurses it hurts to see them hurt or be hurt.

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Nipper48 has 35 years experience.

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The only times I ever wanted to assault anyone is when I was hit - either the patients were waking up from anesthesia, they were on drugs and incoherent, or they were psychotic. I too have been cussed at, called names, spit on, fired from the case for doing the right thing that annoyed someone, and seen patients' friends and family that were pure plain evil. The worst for me were the patients so very alone. I learned from a mentor early on, outrage and anger only wears you down.... you have to take that energy and channel it back into your care. I also learned to cry, work out, pray and simply scream or cuss like a sailor in the car.

I did get verbally abusive once on the phone when about 2am I called a mother to tell her her son had been shot, was going to surgery and was asking for her (he was dying). She told me he was just no good and she needed to get her sleep - I could hear the party in the background. I said a lot of things in one breathless sentence. She just hung up. I said a few more choice words. I looked up and our trauma attending, who was a bit of a drill sergeant and stickler for protocol, just looked at me and said, "I could not have said that better myself." Then we proceeded to get to the OR.

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