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  • May 31 '12

    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.

  • Apr 25 '12

    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.

  • Apr 13 '12

    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.

  • Feb 16 '11

    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 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!

  • Nov 10 '10

    Quote from SweettartLPN
    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 think this is extraordinarily bad advice, from an academic standpoint, an employment standpoint, and a legal standpoint. Remember that the first amendment works both ways. People get to tell you their opinions or policy regarding your online activity.

    Yes, you can be a pain in the ass to your school or employer, but how do you benefit from that? The vast majority of these types of scenarios work against the student posting recognizeable information. Is the career goal to be a working nurse or is it to be able to shoot your mouth off on a message board?

    Think of how the back channel (non-official) communication goes:

    "Hey, what do you think of <insert student here>?

    "She got a lawyer to harass us when we warned her about our policy about posting on online forums."

    "Ah. Thanks for the headsup."

    This just doesn't sound like a win.

  • Sep 2 '10

    Quote from morphed
    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.
    medical student?

  • Jun 30 '10

    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.

  • Jun 30 '10

    Quote from potr
    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."
    it's perfectly legitimate to tell him that, if you think you can pull it off.

    i've also had good luck with rolling my eyes and saying with an absolutely straight face, "yes, i'm sure dr. smith ordered this consult just to ruin both our days." i hadn't planned to say that -- it just popped out. but it worked. dr. jekyll thought about it for a minute or two, and then started to laugh. i never had another instant's problem with him for as long as i worked there.

    "let's talk in here," as you're leading the way to a private area works. and then feel free to tell him he's behaving worse than your two year old, but you'll be happy to discuss the issue when he calms down.

    and if nothing else works, i've had extremely good luck with the "wall of white." when he starts carrying on like a jackass, every nurse on the unit comes and stands shoulder to shoulder with the one he's addressing. no one says a word. they just stand there. usually it works right away -- they kind of sputter to a stop and only one such treatment cures them. even the hard cases respond to two or three. there was one cardiac surgeon, however, who didn't respond even when every nurse, usc, cna, pt, social worker and pharmacist on the floor stood with the nurse he was verbally abusing. but our medical director happened to be on the unit one day when this was going on, and got every physician in the house to come and stand with the nurse. word must have gotten around, because that was the last time we ever had to use the "wall of white" in that hospital!

  • Jun 28 '10

    Quote from Nursie RaRa
    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.
    Not only was it a different time and place - THE WAR WAS OVER.

    WWII was nothing like any war we're fighting now - rationing, drafting, atomic bombs, the Blitzkreig, air raid sirens, Nazi subs in the Chesapeake Bay (we were dangerously close to being invaded - Hitler considered it more than once, and I think if he'd not been so fixated on Russia we might not have escaped it)....I've heard the atmosphere in Times Square that day (in the nation, actually, on both V-J and V-E Day) was something that cannot be compared to any other time in history.

    My mother was ten, almost eleven, on VJ Day and was in Norfolk, Virginia, home to HQ Atlantic Fleet. My father was 15, close to 16, in Philadelphia, home to a massive Naval installation and shipyard at the time. My mother's mom was an air raid warden in Norfolk and my grandfather worked in a metal plant. My father's parents both worked down at the Philadelphia shipyard.

    They all remembered the attack on Pearl Harbor and the newsreels of the horrors in Europe and the UK for the three years preceding our direct involvement. They all remembered the effects the war had on life at home. They all remembered people - young men and women too - who left and never came back. Europe had been fighting for six, really about seven years - some parts longer, as the Nazis had risen to power from the mid-1930s and Hitler successfully invaded smaller European nations unable to adequately defend themselves. Here at home we'd endured another four years of war and according to my parents - my own private historians! - some wondered if it was ever going to end.

    And then Hirohito surrendered to Truman. And it was over.

    The celebratory atmosphere in Times Square, knowing all the ones who'd survived would be coming home and that "happy days are here again" - I'm sorry I missed it.

    I can't think of a picture that more perfectly captures that moment.

    I think I would have grabbed a service member myself that day and kissed him in gratitude for his service and in thanks that he came home.

    When I try to picture life in the 1940s, I have a hard time envisioning it in color - I have a hard time remembering that when my mom talks about being a little girl at the end of the Depression and growing up during WWII that she'd look around and see things exactly as I do right now. Part of that is because all the newsreels and photos from that time are black and white and part of it is because I didn't experience it directly - they're not memories I have. And part of it is because I can't imagine having anything happy to think about - what a burden my parents grew up with as they matured in a world at war. But I have always, always been able to picture the thrill of the war ending in vivid Technicolor, my heart racing at the thought of how that must have felt - THE WAR IS OVER!!!

    I don't know why, but I have.

    Sorry for the tangent. I get a bit sentimental over WWII sometimes.

  • Jun 9 '10

    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,


  • Apr 10 '10

    5 ml syring of Vecuronium, 1" 18g needle. Can't wait to see the look in his eyes.

  • Apr 10 '10

    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.

  • Apr 7 '10

    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 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.

    god bless!

  • Apr 4 '10

    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....

  • Apr 4 '10

    Quote from nursel56
    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!!
    OK, I am going to need a link to this blog...