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Imprinting the lives of the medically fragile one patient at a time.; from US

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  • Dec 20 '13

    You have to decide what kind of relationship you want with your patient. I loved working procedure/IV start team for a short stint because I could still do Nursing tasks without having to deal with the human drama.
    After 3 years in to my career I finally learned that sometimes people make stupid decisions. I am not them, I don't know what psycho-social aspects brought them to their decision. So I just do my job to the best of my ability and work in an atmosphere of peer and management support.
    Also I learned to not look at my job as a place to build up my self esteem (as in validation from patients ect) Once I figured that out it "hurt" a lot less. So when a pt goes all bonkers for not getting there quick enough or a doctor chews me out, I say in my mind "They are not my friends, so what they say is meaningless and I choose not to retort in their childish manner" of coarse out loud I will say something like. "I know this must be frustrating, what can I do to make this situation better next time but also let us have realistic expectations."

    Looking at bedside nursing like a game. How can I offer the most efficient and safe nursing without getting caught up in the tangled weave of pt manipulation, grumpiness, anxiety or frustration. get the players healthy quickly as possible. do your job with excellence. get the pay check to pay for your "treasures". Have fun on your days off knowing you have done your job well.

  • Dec 20 '13

    Hi everyone. I have an honest question I want to ask you today, and I believed this section of forum could meet my need of some answers.

    First I appreciate @TheCommuter for the article he/she has wrote (high-value vs low value patients). It made me reflect little more on what I had to struggle internally about my set ideas and beliefs.

    What made you become a nurse? I think the most common answer I've ever heard was: "so I can help people" whether they were being truthful or not. I myself get asked that often, and I always tell them, "because I was fascinated by the human physiological response to pathology and medical interventions."

    I will ask you this. What can a nurse do when he/she gets jaded view on the very factor which we service? I am talking about the patients and family members. Dealing with entitlement, no-insurance, and ingratitude have left my heart completely detached from patient population in general and deeply into administration/business. I was setting up to prepare pre-reqs for medical school, and postponed that because now I doubt I will ever be happy dealing with sick population. To add the insult, I deal/dealt with frequent flyers, no-insurance druggies, obese diabetics, non-compliant dialysis, etc. It's just very hard to find fulfillment at all. I am considering dental school or nursing admin/business.

    I find that this is not my cup of tea. That's it, nothing worse, nothing better. Just not my glass. If you know anyone or yourself who had similar dilemma and moved on to do something else and is happier, feel free to advice me. Any input, feel free please

    PS: I will politely pass the harsh words. I am making it clear here that just because I am saying it's not my cup of tea, I am not degrading the sick population or putting them down. I am simply saying it's something I do not enjoy doing and working with; doesn't mean I am crazy person with ice running through veins. If I see elderly carrying large stuff, child being abducted, car crashes without help, women/elderly being mugged, etc will gladly help. Just average Joe with average person's heart who doesn't like what he does. And nursing & interacting with patients is not for everyone. Thank you.

  • Jan 23 '10

    Quote from UNCpsycGuy
    I don't know about you but 2+ years minimum is a good amount of time and sweat to put into some 'quick money'. On top of that, once in the programs the drop rates are astronomical. One RN I was working with the other night stated that they started out with 70 and ended up with something like 13 people! That is 81% of the class that did not graduate and will have to find another way to get that 'quick money'. For people like me that already have a Bachelors, it is still taking me a year of pre-req's
    Well, the thing is, someone's got to replace all these folks that have been in 20+ years. They will not be working much longer. There may be a temporary influx, but things will straigten out. Obviously nursing school's rigid standards (3.5 MINIMUM GPA in my area to actually get into a program in the next year or two) will weed out those not in for the right reasons. It makes me wonder, what were the standards 20+ years ago? I don't think it takes just "heart" you have to be an academic scholar, and I don't think its easy to find both traits in alot of people. Today, NS is no joke, it is an investment of time away from family, small children, and ALOT of money for those of us who have a BA already, or who had a career in another field. How many people are using loans, and living near the poverty line to go back to school, as I am? I wonder who really thinks they are going to make "quick money"? It'd be glorious if it was like that!