On Having 2 Titles: Nurse and Patient

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Specializes in Renal and Telemetry. Has 5 years experience.

What happens when you're both a patient and a nurse? As a diabetic, I wear two titles: LPN and diabetic. Although I am sad to have been diagnosed with this disease, especially at a young age, it is a blessing in disguise, as I now understand why I was "called" to nursing. To me it is not only a "calling", it is my life. You are reading page 5 of On Having 2 Titles: Nurse and Patient. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 42 years experience. 4 Articles; 20,908 Posts

Here is what I think.....

I think to OP was sharing a story with literary privilege to tell a story. I think the OP understands perfectly well that this was NOT a good decision and will move forward and do better. I DO NOT think beating the same dead horse, she should not have been driving, serves any purpose other than make one feel bullied attacked.

I think the point that the OP should not drive when she is dizzy and needs to take better care for herself.

Continued personal attacks...rehashing the same subject over and over again....will not be tolerated.

My Grandma used to tell me if you have nothing nice to say....say nothing at all. NONE of us are perfect.

There but for the grace of God go I.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience. 142 Articles; 9,940 Posts

I was going to say something along that line, but Esme12 already covered it. :yes:

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Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 42 years experience. 4 Articles; 20,908 Posts

I'm not a good nurse. I'm a great nurse. Judging me based on a stupid action? Like you haven't done stupid things before? You're something else.

I think Ruby was actually agreeing with you....sometimes when we are upset and so close to a situation it si difficult to discern meaning through the typed word. ((HUGS))

ButterflyRN90

Specializes in Renal and Telemetry. Has 5 years experience. 1 Article; 535 Posts

Here is what I think.....

I think to OP was sharing a story with literary privilege to tell a story. I think the OP understands perfectly well that this was NOT a good decision and will move forward and do better. I DO NOT think beating the same dead horse, she should not have been driving, serves any purpose other than make one feel bullied attacked.

I think the point that the OP should not drive when she is dizzy and needs to take better care for herself.

Continued personal attacks...rehashing the same subject over and over again....will not be tolerated.

My Grandma used to tell me if you have nothing nice to say....say nothing at all. NONE of us are perfect.

There but for the grace of God go I.

Thank you. Very well said. Now I understand the accolades you get from fellow AN members. I too give props. :)

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 42 years experience. 4 Articles; 20,908 Posts

Thank you. Very well said. Now I understand the accolades you get from fellow AN members. I too give props. :)
It's going to be ok....((HUGS)) I have an auto-immune disorder that has left me mostly in a wheelchair these days and it's frustrating I get it. I think being a patient makes us better nurses.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience. 142 Articles; 9,940 Posts

I agree with Esme12 on how being a patient makes us better nurses. It's not that nurses without health problems can't be compassionate, but there's nothing quite like the empathy a nurse has who knows what her/his patient is going through. :yes:

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 42 years experience. 4 Articles; 20,908 Posts

MariposaLPN I think you do realize that it isn't safe, and not the best idea, to drive when you are in that serious of a reaction. I know if I ever hurt someone I would never ever forgive myself.

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.....Maya Angelou

GM2RN

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I'm sorry, where does it say she's my elder?

I don't know who the "she" is that you are referring to.

The term elder can refer to one or a group of people who are older in age, of course. But it can also be applied to those in some churches who are in positions of authority and wisdom, or a person or persons who have more experience in a particular arena, such as nursing.

I have been a member on these boards long enough to know that many of the nurses posting on this thread are older than you in age. But it is actually the last application that I listed to which I was referring more so than the others, and I also know that many of the nurses posting in this thread have far more experience as nurses. So either could apply.