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Oct 13, '09Occupation: ED/trauma Specialty: 13 year(s) of experience in ED/trauma ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '08; Posts: 192; Likes: 351So, what the big deal? In actuality, nursing is just a job, and their are no specific traits or angelic qualities required to do it. Haven't you ever worked with someone who was just in it for the money, and seriously lacked compassion? Haven't you met some nurses who convinced you that they must have surely slept their way to the top. Why do we think we are so deserving of everyone respect- moreso than other professionals.Side note. I LOVE nurse jackie!! Never miss it, IMO never has their been a better show on tv. Why- because she is real! That show more accurately portrays my ER than any other tv DRAMA out there. Yeah, it sucks that she is a drug addict, but remember nurses-it is an illness, and she needs help. I am sure the good people at HBO have planned some sort of rock bottom for her. Everyone on allnurses states that they want to see a tv show that really is like reality, but I don't think they do, if what they want to see is a bunch of boobless, virgin, saints, who spend all of their days off in church, and never make mistakes or act like the other 95 percent of the world.IMO, if nurses would stop pointing out the stereotypes all of time, people wouldn't make such a big deal about it.
Oct 15, '09Occupation: I am about to embark on a new adventure as a state nursing home inspector/ surveyor. Specialty: 32 year(s) of experience in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg ; Joined: Oct '08; Posts: 1,985; Likes: 2,073If they think that all we are is white caps and "helpers" then lets all have a day when the RN's just don't show up to work and see what happens. They are going to find out real quick that the RN is a lot more than a "helper". Everyday I keep people from getting killed or from having to stay longer in the hospital than they need to because I am the person (charge nurse) who checks and verifies all the doctors orders for my shift. I have to fix all the screw up's that they right or call them to verify what they right because their handwriting is so bad. Organizing care, getting things done in the correct manner at the correct time, keeps things going. Nurses on the floor double checking orders again. Checking doses and orders. Do they make sense? Is the dose too high? Just last week we had a doctor come in and "see" a patient. This consisted of his standing outside the room and glancing into the room. He then went to the desk, wrote a page of orders and left. None of the orders could be done on this patient and of course we had to call me to get it all corrected. He did not speak with the nurse, did not lay a hand on the patient. I wonder how much he billed the patient for that visit. Don't talk to me about being a helper. People that write crap like that have no idea what we do.
Jan 16, '11Joined: Mar '03; Posts: 486; Likes: 986Quote from Heogog53No peer reviewed study has ever been done that nursing caps carry "germs" more than any other article of clothing. They are washable you know....When I graduated from a Diploma program in 1982, we had a long talk amongst ourselves about whether our one male classmate should wear a hat, because all the "girls(ages 19-60) had to go out and buy a brand new hat, new shoes and a horribly ugly not flattering to anyone white dress, and he didn't have to do anything other than buy a white top. There were only 25 of us graduating from the original class, and I was lucky enough to have been in this man's clinical group. After we all did our walking across the stage, got our diplomas and the handshake, his clinical group turned to him and said, "We have a very special gift for you." He opened the box, started grinning and blushing, and put his hat on his head.
Did any of us wear our hats afterwards? Only a few. We'd all just read an article which indicated that wearing that same cap every day was a bad idea; hats were cultured and it was shown that they were massive germ carriers.
I don't miss the hat. I could never get through a clinical without the thing falling off, no matter what I stuffed the back of my hat with; tape, kleenex, as many bobby pins as you could shake a stick at. For me, that last ritual wearing of the new(wasteful) hat was IT! Now I work in the OR and wear a blue hat and a mask. Now my biggest hat plague is my hair peeping out from whatever angle it can escape from. I have very short hair, too!
Recently, a study was done. It was a small study that discussed how medical residents regarded nurse/resident communication, whether it goes both ways, whether the reports that nurses the residents was helpful. Sadly, most of the residents were not involved with nurses as colleage to colleage, but in the heirarchy of DOCTOR to nurses. One resident was quoted as saying that nurses didn't tend to give the kind of reports that the resident found helpful, that it was easier to get report from resident from resident cos the nurses couldn't stay on point.....etc.
So much for our trying to work more closely on more of an equal level with docs, and FAILING-----and we're all worried about a lousy hat?
What can I say?
Jan 17, '11Occupation: Entrepreneur - Business Owner From: US ; Joined: Jul '09; Posts: 4,309; Likes: 5,711Properly maintained, nurse's caps are no more a vector of disease than one's ID badge.
Kay's has been selling "perma-starch" caps for ages now. Simply take off any pins and or bands, swish in warm or hot water with perhaps scrubbing the fold line where the cap is pinned onto one's head, rinse, then either lay flat or plaster onto a smooth surface (the side of a fridge works quite well) to dry. Not even 10 minutes worth or work. Once the thing is dry, attach said bands/pins and refold. Viola!
Will give you that caps like anything else can become grossly filthy, but that had more to do with lax standards than anything else. Towards the end of their reign, caps were often chucked on floors, tops of or underneath lockers, stashed in drawers and in sort laid on any hospital surface handy. Many reamined there for days, weeks or perhaps just for a shift (unless a supervisor/mangement happened to be on the prowl, in which case the item was retrived and quickly placed on, only to be removed again when the *danger* had passed).
Now I ask you, given all we know about surfaces, especially those in hospitals how could anything be considered "clean" after that sort of treatment?
Would love to know how many launder those white coats after every shift? Or, perhaps hasn't taken a worn previously but not laundered to wear again because they haven't had time to do the wash?