Old vs Sage

  1. My name is Connie. I have been a critical care RN for 20 years. I have chosen to remain at the bedside where I feel like I can have the greatest impact on patient care. Some refer to me as an "old" nurse but I prefer "sage". The dictionary defines sage as "Having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment" but defines old as " Exhibiting the effects of time or long use; worn". I'll take SAGE -anyday!

    I know I am getting old because I start using phrases like "those new nurses" or "when I was a young nurse". The truth is the new nurses ARE different than we saw graduate 20 years ago but there are some exciting changes.

    I suppose if I was given the opportunity to give two pieces of advice to nurses it would be these: 1) approach every situation from the point of view of believing the best about others and that they know something that you need to learn. (I believe every nurse wants to give good patient care. The questions then becomes how do "you" define good patient care and what do you do when your definition differs from anothers?)
    2) the BEST skill you can learn is how to be a good communicator.

    Neither of them is very specific to nursing, are they? And yet they can make a huge impact on how we practice and how we relate to our patients, our peers, administration, everyone!

    I've read a lot of books on communication but two of the best have just recently come out: "Crucial Conversations" and "Crucial Confrontations" by Kerry Patterson. If I were Dean of a nursing school, these would be required readings.

    I look forward to participating in the forums as much as time allows and learning from each of you how to be a better nurse, as well as, a better person.

    Connie
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  3. by   trustinhartRN
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    My name is Connie. I have been a critical care RN for 20 years. I have chosen to remain at the bedside where I feel like I can have the greatest impact on patient care. Some refer to me as an "old" nurse but I prefer "sage". The dictionary defines sage as "Having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment" but defines old as " Exhibiting the effects of time or long use; worn". I'll take SAGE -anyday!

    I know I am getting old because I start using phrases like "those new nurses" or "when I was a young nurse". The truth is the new nurses ARE different than we saw graduate 20 years ago but there are some exciting changes.

    I suppose if I was given the opportunity to give two pieces of advice to nurses it would be these: 1) approach every situation from the point of view of believing the best about others and that they know something that you need to learn. (I believe every nurse wants to give good patient care. The questions then becomes how do "you" define good patient care and what do you do when your definition differs from anothers?)
    2) the BEST skill you can learn is how to be a good communicator.

    Neither of them is very specific to nursing, are they? And yet they can make a huge impact on how we practice and how we relate to our patients, our peers, administration, everyone!

    I've read a lot of books on communication but two of the best have just recently come out: "Crucial Conversations" and "Crucial Confrontations" by Kerry Patterson. If I were Dean of a nursing school, these would be required readings.

    I look forward to participating in the forums as much as time allows and learning from each of you how to be a better nurse, as well as, a better person.

    Connie
    Connie,
    Nice to meet you. I too am a "sage", the technology may have advanced, but nothing can take the place of "do unto others....". Nursing is a service as much as a science and the competent, compassionate blending of the two always leads to good outcomes. Best wishes, trustinhartRN
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Welcome to allnurses.com, Connie!
  5. by   USA987
    Welcome! I've only been in nursing for 4 yrs. so I look forward to reading some of your pearls of wisdom you've learned over the years!
  6. by   lazydfl
    Hi Connie .... I would be interested in your opinion about the ever increasing imposition of management on the profession of nursing... Seems to me that the importance of policy and procedure and the bottom line of money is taking over the true meaning of "quality care"... The Patient seems to be the last one on the financial food chain... I have been a nurse for a long time and have seen the importance of patient care taken over by the need to get them in and tested to the limit of their insurance and out as soon as possible.... Most patients don't complain about their nurses but if asked , they sure have complaints about the management.... nursing has become very top heavy in that department too.... tooo many cheifs and not enough indians....lol lol...... Love to hear your opinion.....
  7. by   Ari RN
    Hello and Welcome to the All Nurses Family!

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