StudentNurse2011 3,743 Views
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A Graduate Nurse wants everyone to know he/she's a nurse.
An Experienced Nurse doesn't want ANYONE to know he/she's a nurse.
A Graduate Nurse thinks people respect nurses.
An Experienced Nurse knows people blame all their problems on the nurse.
Yeah, I'll admit I'm jaded and a little hardened too- take a look around you at what we are surrounded by:
--Big shot CEO's making policies that pull the rug out from underneath us and screw us over, while giving themselves a pat on the back and a considerable bonus.
--The new Hospital-Hotel confusion wherein the RN is also the servant, the cook, the waitress, and the pillow plumper. And before you say "well OF COURSE! We're here to hold hands, to serve and to plump pillows" it is all done for thankless jerks who then proceed to complain that "you didn't answer their call light within 7 seconds so they could give you their laundry list of things they want you to do for them- oh and you, the nurse are just a crappy nurse and deserve to be fired because you didn't give them their Dilaudid and Benadryl together! Wah! Oh and the ice water is TOO COLD! GO BACK AND GET ME ANOTHER!"
--Patients who get away with physically hurting nurses (patients in their right minds) and then who gets fired or punished? You guessed it!
--People who abuse the system: "BOO HOO! I don't get enough from public assistance! I'm starving, I'm wasting away! My morbidly obese 7 year old stuffing his face with Cheetos in the corner over there doesn't get a decent meal... all this while sporting 4 inch acrylic nails, several rings on their fingers, designer purse, cell phone, smokes in the designer purse, and a solid gold tooth or two.
We work hard, we DO care about our patients- we stay past quitting time for the sake of the patient and then we get told we're not doing enough. "Oh how nice a patient wrote in a comment about how good you were as their nurse, but unfortunately you haven't answered the call light within 5 seconds, so you're being written up.
So yeah...I'm pretty hardened and jaded. I love my job, I meet some pretty groovy people along the way and I have some awesome days, but the reality is that nursing seems to be evolving into a profession that isn't so much about caring as it is about politics, education and how many letters you have behind your name.
No, I know what we can do. Every time we get called mean we all have to do a shot (booze, coffee, what ever...)
Just like playing "Hi Bob" in college. That was a long time ago, but the old bats will remember that game.
That sexy nurse thing? I WAS THAT SEXY NURSE 30 -plus years ago!!! If only I could fit into those skimpy size 8 white dresses again......to be young, and sexy, and thin again......sighhhhhh!
Now back to reality. I get really peeved at all the 'nurses' in the doctors' offices, especially when the doc says the nurse will be back to do xxxx, when the doc knows that the person in question is NOT a registered or licensed individual. It scares me now to think of all the vaccines my kids received that were probably given by techs. Not the vaccines per se, but that the shots were given by someone who had ten minutes of instruction.
It annoyed me that more than a few of my classmates (think 30+ years ago, friends) were there to meet a doc and get married and never have to work again. Yes, I dated more than my fair share of docs ( there's that sexy/naughty STUDENT nurse, again!) but it never occured to me that if I married one I wouldn't have to work. I wanted to be a nurse!
Quick update - I may never be 22 again, and I may never fit into a size 8 again (I'll be happy to get back into an 18), but I'm told I'm STILL damned SEXY!
Let's all try to have a little FUN!
I had this happen to me while I was in LPN school.
I paid to have a lawyer call them and remind them that I had posted no information (and I hadn't- another student told them that I was a member on the board here) and that we still had the right to free speech in this country and they backed off.
I believe that schools and employers need to start being a bit more careful- more so than we should. A lawsuit against a first amendment violation could cause them a heck of a headache, poor publicity and millions of dollars that they could easily lose.
Just my $0.02.
i get your point but it seems like you're on a bit of a high nurse. i'm sure many doctors could write a similar post about their crazy experiences. i think it's really insulting the way nurses downplay the importance of doctors. a nurse doesn't just welcome a patient to the hospital and treat them. they wait for the doctor to give them orders, then it is up to them to see how they can implement them and keep track of the status of the patient (yes, i know nps can function independently). the way some nurses talk you'd think that doctors didn't even exist. and yes, nurses spend much more time with a patient than a doctor does, but that's because that's the nurses' job. people talk as if doctors just don't feel like dropping by to see the patient and the nurse got stuck babysitting. you think the doctor's job is any less crucial than yours?
nursing is important, but i wouldn't say that cancer researchers, engineers working to create earthquake-proof buildings, or factory workers working hard to support families have any less of an important job than you do just because they don't work bedside.
last i heard, health care required a team. and that includes housekeeping. who would you be nursing if drug companies didn't make a pill for everything under the sun? if biomedical engineers didn't create state of the art equipment? if housekeeping didn't keep the facilities clean? if that factory worker couldn't afford to come into the hospital.
i agree though, the fact that people think nurses just pass pills all day is pretty annoying. and you seem to be frustrated/burned out/jaded (understatement). i hope you can find something that invigorates you and renews your excitement.
Hi, when I worked at the local county hospital, we had a doctor who acted like that all the time but somehow he never screamed at me. But finally the day came and he began ripping into me that same way. I just looked at him, didn't look down and said, "Doctor, the next time you feel the need to scream at me, please scream instructions and information with your insults. That way I'll learn something, and you'll accomplish something."
He just looked stunned but he never did yell at me again.
wouldn't you just love to tell him something like....
"i am certain that you won't have a problem with having any of your patients in this hospital once you lose your privileges here for your increasingly unprofessional behavior, both in your apparent attempts to avoid patient care through bullying and in exposing this hospital and it's staff to unwarranted risk of lawsuits due to your careless and unfounded allegations.
if you can't follow up on your own work when there is an apparent change in condition, and answer your patient's concerns about said changes in a professional manner, then perhaps we can find another md for the patient who can.
with all your education, you should be aware that nurses are not allowed to diagnose, but must be an advocate for the patient and report any changes in condition. if you can't be bothered to do your job, don't try and blame me for not doing your job."
Don't understand the attraction of this photo. This woman was sexually assaulted-- she was grabbed by a total stranger and kissed without her consent.
I saw a post asking why no one responded to the OP's other posts and it got me thinking. I should point out that this has NOTHING to do with her(?) posts other than it started the gears turning, but when I see a post written in txt, I shut it down and move on. If I see a post with a paragraph-and-a-half and no punctuation in it, I move on. If English is your second language, of course people will make allowances. But if you were raised with it, I make none.
I know it's expedient to use shortcuts. I know we're used to it because of the texting we do. That does not make it okay here. I got wall post on Facebook from an old boyfriend and I couldn't even read it because he refuses to spell things correctly. (Really, that's the only reason. )
If you want help, if you want to be taken seriously, IF YOU WANT GOOD GRADES, start using standard English. Please. Use proper grammar. Use punctuation, even if you're not sure if you're using the right ones. TRY. You can txt all you want in your off-time, but here, and at school or work, you need to communicate in a way that other people understand without having to translate. You will have to write papers in class. You will do a LOT of writing. If it's unintelligible, your grade will reflect that. It's in your own best interest, honestly.
Best of luck to you all. I hope you get accepted and shine in your programs,
5 ml syring of Vecuronium, 1" 18g needle. Can't wait to see the look in his eyes.
I don't carry pepper spray or a knife. I am very good at running and screaming like hell, though. My house, on the other hand, is a veritable arsenal of guns. I will not run away from my house. Intruders have the choice of being mauled by dogs and then shot or, if they like, they can have it the other way around. I'm easy that way.
aww-www i am also sorry you were treated badly. but honestly, even as an rn, it happens to us too. there will always be someone who has to "step on the little people" so to speak. i have to say, in my 35 yr career, i have never disrespected any cna or patient care technician. trust me though, i've been disrespected many times to the point of being in tears during my long career. however, i have big shoulders now...and as i age, i try to let most things roll off my back. with age.....comes wisdom. choose your battles wisely, and no matter what, "always, always, remain a lady".
last night, as a hospice nurse, i had to go to our local er to see one of the patients on our service. while there, i was a bit bored and began casually observing a woman in housekeeping cleaning one of the er trauma rooms. honestly, i have never seen a room cleaned as well as she did!! wow! i was so impressed i took the time to write out a kudos card for her and took a moment to compliment her. it made her day...as it should. how very important it is for a sick patient to have an absolute clean room....she made me so proud. she told me her boss taught her everything she does today. and you know, by taking the time to compliment her...she will never forget it and will always clean her rooms the same...she cut no corners.
anyway, that's my story to show, i not only would never disrespect...on the contrary, take the time to give a kudo or two and make someone's day. afterall, in the tough world and economy, what else do have left? let's get back to basic courtesy.
Former cop here, so I thought I'd weigh in.
-Most departments allow officers to cite at their own discretion. So the field is wide open. My mindset was: I've already interrupted your day, scared you, embarrassed you, determined you don't have any warrants, informed you that you were speeding...why tack on another 100+ dollars?
-Yep, there are turd cops out there just like turd nurses, accountants, doctors, lawyers, etc. I'm sorry if you've run into one. They're not all bad.
-CCW does not equal gun-in-car. It also doesn't equal upstanding citizen. I only stopped one CCW and he handed it over with his license. It was 2am and he ran a stop sign. I let him go because he was sober at 2am on a Friday night, not because of his CCW.
-Yep, driving while talking, texting, eating, CD searching, daydreaming is dangerous. We've all done it. Try to do it less.
One of the reasons I'm in nursing school is because there is rarely anything black and white about our justice system and I couldn't handle the cognitive dissonance.
JOPACU: I love your posts so I'll let you go with a warning....
Heck, even doctors are susceptible. One of the ER doc blogs I read devoted an entire post "how to make fake poop" tutorial with pictures of each step!!
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