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  1. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    :) To date this thread has approximately had 388 replies and an interesting 12462 views...I opened the thread 9-18-99 and apparently it has drawn some attention. :) I find it interesting in fact, just how much attention the thread has gotten and I also find it interesting how strongly people feel about what has been said here. Undoubtedly, there are some folks who feel very strongly one way or another and it doesn't seem as if there are many in between. The contrast is pretty impressive. Over the past four years I have caught a good deal of slack from those who disagree - and that's fine - that is their opinion and it's great that they feel so strongly about their profession. On the other hand I have recieved a lot of support from folks like Nurse 2002 (above). Again, this is very interesting - some people seem to really disagree with what I posted and others strongly agree... Why is that? Is Nurse 2002 correct in his or her's statement that there is some "truth that most are afraid to state...truth that most are afraid to face"? - What truth??? Is that really it? Is that all? Or does that statement and the strong feelings on either side of the scale have something to do with "the personality of a nurse"? Are there 2 kinds of nurses? Is it possible that the reason there is a nursing shortage because there are just not enough caring people in the world or is it because the profession (although rewarding in other ways) is finacially/professionally unrealistic? Does it have something to do with the fact that nursing has been and continues to be a primarily "womans profession" ? Nurse2002 is not the first nurse who has made the statement in this thread regarding some mysterious "truth"... What are your thoughts?
  2. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    ShandyLynnRN, I appreciate your reply but again I disagree. Unfortunately, I am not a missionary and I have too many other responsibilities that prevent me from giving every aspect of my life to nursing as appararently you do. (By the way do you get paid for practicing nursing?) But maybe you are right though and maybe I should quit nursing (again) just like the other nurses that Nancy points out are leaving nursing in droves...They must not be able to give every ounce of their lives either - How uterly inconsiderate! Maybe someday you may change your mind. No, not about my point of view but about me being your nurse - after all, since I am not called as you must be to the divinity of nursing then I must not be worthy enough to be your nurse either. And that's fine with me... I have 13 years worth of nursing experience in ER/Trauma and ICU. I'm BLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS and CEN certified. I have worked hundreds of codes, saved quite a few lives, applied thousands of bandaids, given thousands of injections, started countless IV's, held the hands of and prayed with many dying patients, told their families that a loved one had passed away, disagreed with physicians directly and as a result prevented fatal mistakes, etc. etc. etc...But hey, me and the rest of the drove will get out of your way since we aren't called like you and aren't as caring as you. (Even with all my experience and certifications, when I get to the end of the checkout line they all laugh when I try to pay with the "I CARE" card.) As a result of your last post, I can only assume that when it comes to bringing down morale that you are "Head" nurse in that field as well. In conclusion I think you have said it best yourself with the ironic quote at the end of all your posts: "IF EVERYONE AGREED WITH ME..." How appropo for you.
  3. In todays post 9/11 climate I'd say that bioterrorism education/preparedness and immunizations are as important in healthcare and the nursing profession as a pair of rubber gloves when administering a soapsuds enema to a morbidly obese patient with a fecal impaction... I also feel that unfortunately, our society, hospitals, and local and state health agencies are grossly under prepared for any medium to large scale acts of bioterrorism. This brings to light a whole new perspective on the nursing shortage. Hospitals may be willing to vaccinate and educate employees/nurses about/against bioterrorism but the bottom line is that they will not provide their nurses with the support in the event of a crisis let alone the proper benefits/reimbursement should a nurse become ill as a result of an immunization...Are nurses willing to put themselves (as well as their family members) at risk of a potentially fatal disease such as smallpox, viral encephalitis, viral hemmorrhagic fever, botulism, yersinia pestis, SARS? ---- the list goes on... How many nurses that post on this site know exactly how many biohazard suits are available in their facilities? How many know where the biohazard suits are? How many know exactly how to put on these suits and the respiratory equiptment that goes along with them? In the event of a bioterrorism crisis - what is your facility's action plan? Are we prepared or not is the question. All nurses know what universal precautions are. How many know what precautions to take when dealing with (the threat of) bioterrorism? http://news.google.com/news?q=SARS&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=0&sa=N http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=bioterrorism
  4. nursedude

    SARS in Toronto!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisp...section=general http://www.nbc10.com/health/2085589/detail.html http://www.unionleader.com/articles...l?article=19702 http://www.tribune.co.mp/index.cfm?Display=yes&ID=27235 http://reuters.com/financeNewsArtic...storyID=2497513 http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/...01300090003.htm http://www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2.../1049331927.htm http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030402/15/39owe.html http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/WEL139694.htm http://www.canada.com/health/story....90-A292F564CB81 http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39qhg.html http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39ql8.html http://www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2.../1049331700.htm http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/5542822.htm http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...ia_030402200635 http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/r...sh-pennsylvania http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/lo...la-news-florida http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=sto...00121&printer=1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...0-2003Apr2.html http://www.canoe.ca/LondonNews/lf.lf-04-02-0003.html http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01125743.htm http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stor...w/36432/1/.html http://www.thebostonchannel.com/hea...887/detail.html http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39qlt.html http://english.chosun.com/w21data/h...0304020021.html http://www.asahi.com/english/national/K2003040300562.html http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39qs0.html http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2003/s823440.htm http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2003/4/1/latest/11176Taiwantem&sec=latest http://www.cbc.ca/stories/2003/04/03/sars_to030403 http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1213378&nav=0s3dF0Tz http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/news/040203_nw_SARS.html http://news.google.com/news?q=SARS&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=0&sa=N
  5. nursedude

    Poll: Have you been vaccinated?

    Cindy, Do they offer any benefits to those who get vaccinated in the event they get sick from the vaccine?
  6. nursedude

    Poll: Have you been vaccinated?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisp...section=general http://www.nbc10.com/health/2085589/detail.html http://www.unionleader.com/articles...l?article=19702 http://www.tribune.co.mp/index.cfm?Display=yes&ID=27235 http://reuters.com/financeNewsArtic...storyID=2497513 http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/...01300090003.htm http://www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2.../1049331927.htm http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030402/15/39owe.html http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/WEL139694.htm http://www.canada.com/health/story....90-A292F564CB81 http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39qhg.html http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39ql8.html http://www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2.../1049331700.htm http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/5542822.htm http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...ia_030402200635 http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/r...sh-pennsylvania http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/lo...la-news-florida http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=sto...00121&printer=1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dy...0-2003Apr2.html http://www.canoe.ca/LondonNews/lf.lf-04-02-0003.html http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01125743.htm http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stor...w/36432/1/.html http://www.thebostonchannel.com/hea...887/detail.html http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39qlt.html http://english.chosun.com/w21data/h...0304020021.html
  7. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    ShandyLynnRN, Thanks for your reply and for your commitment to the ill. Unfortunately, I don't see eye to eye w/you when it comes to taking risks... To put it bluntly I don't believe in playing Russian Roulette with the well being of my wife and kids or with myself - I mean, when I give a soapsuds enema or draw labs or start an IV I wear gloves... What I am saying is that as we speak I believe the world has crossed the line... That line was crossed sometime after 9/11 - Shortly thereafter, the Anthrax scares... The small suburban ER where I worked was NOT prepared at all and at best they have only one or 2 Biohazard suits today, some duct tape and some plastic... That's enough protection for one Dr and one nurse - for the entire hospital...That's like having 2 pairs of gloves. But why would you believe me? After all: "What would you do if everyone thought like that and you or your family member became seriously ill or injured?" Maybe you'll believe news agencies from around the world? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storydisplay.cfm?storyID=3350506&thesection=news&thesubsection=general http://www.nbc10.com/health/2085589/detail.html http://www.unionleader.com/articles_show.html?article=19702 http://www.tribune.co.mp/index.cfm?Display=yes&ID=27235 http://reuters.com/financeNewsArticle.jhtml?type=bondsNews&storyID=2497513 http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_225784,001300090003.htm http://www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2003/04/03/1049331927.htm http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030402/15/39owe.html http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/WEL139694.htm http://www.canada.com/health/story.html?id=23806BB8-ACCC-4D69-9F90-A292F564CB81 http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39qhg.html http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39ql8.html http://www.etaiwannews.com/Taiwan/2003/04/03/1049331700.htm http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/5542822.htm http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030402/wl_afp/health_pneumonia_030402200635 http://www.pennlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/cgi-free/getstory_ssf.cgi?d1930_BC_PA--MysteryIllness-Pa&&news&newsflash-pennsylvania http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/sfl-42mysteryillness,0,3010576.story?coll=sfla-news-florida http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=1508&u=/afp/20030402/hl_afp/health_pneumonia_virus_030402200121&printer=1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A12860-2003Apr2.html http://www.canoe.ca/LondonNews/lf.lf-04-02-0003.html http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L01125743.htm http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/36432/1/.html http://www.thebostonchannel.com/health/2085887/detail.html http://sg.biz.yahoo.com/030403/15/39qlt.html http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200304/200304020021.html So good luck with your risk-taking ShandyLynnRN and don't forget to wear those gloves!!! (and masks and gowns and face shields/eye protection, and that waterproof gown, and get that hepatitis titer and your ppd checked and soon maybe the smallpox vaccine...?)
  8. nursedude

    Poll: Have you been vaccinated?

    http://www.suntimes.com/output/health/cst-nws-pox20.html http://www.post-gazette.com/healthscience/20030328smallpoxhealth4p4.asp http://www.post-gazette.com/healthscience/20030327poxshotsheap2.asp https://allnurses.com/news/jump.cgi?ID=1689 http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/03/26/health.smallpox.reut/ http://www.nurseallianceca.org/press/release.cfm?ID=1072 http://www.calnurse.org/cna/nurselrt12303.pdf http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,698,156,100,html http://depts.washington.edu/ictrain/smallpox/sp.htm Has your facility offered the vaccine? Are they willing to compensate you if you get sick with any side effects? Have you even thought about bioterrorism in light of the current situation with Iraq? Thoughts? Comments?
  9. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    http://www.post-gazette.com/healthscience/20030327poxshotsheap2.asp http://www.suntimes.com/output/health/cst-nws-pox20.html https://allnurses.com/news/jump.cgi?ID=1689 Kind of like being a baseball player without a glove, or maybe a fisherman without a rod and reel, or how about the Lone Ranger without his Hi Ho Silver, or Bat-Man without Robin or a carpenter without wood or a fast car without steering, maybe a bird without wings...? So, no vaccine, the "mystery flu" in China and Canada, people hacking on you left and right... Geeze, sounds like a great place for a career...? https://allnurses.com/news/jump.cgi?ID=1512
  10. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    Special salary increases - These aren't for everyone - only special people (who don't have many bills to pay...) http://data.bls.gov/servlet/NCSOutputServlet?jrunsessionid=1040629288226279519 Data from US Dept of Labor...
  11. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    SPECIAL!!! "Analysis of census data shows that between 1994 and 1997, RN wages across all employment settings dropped by an average of 1.5 percent per year (in constant 1997 dollars). Between 1993 and 1997, the average wage of an RN employed in a hospital dropped by roughly a dollar an hour (in real terms). RN employment in the hospital sector reversed to the negative, dropping most precipitously in areas of the county that experience high managed care saturation. Many providers eliminated positions for nursing middle managers and executive level staff. Hospital employment for nurses aides, however, increased by an average of 4.5 percent a year between 1994 and 1997." "...A recent survey of ANA members revealed that nearly 55 percent of the nurses surveyed would not recommend the nursing profession as a career for their children or friends. In fact, 23 percent of the respondents indicated that they would actively discourage someone close to them from entering the nursing profession." http://www.nursingworld.org/gova/federal/legis/testimon/2001/nacn.htm
  12. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    From the Cal nurses organization: ..."Today's hospital nursing shortage is the direct result of a decade of failed policies of market-driven medical care, characterized by reckless restructuring, downsizing, displacement of RNs by unlicensed staff, and for many RNs a loss of trust in their employers. Numerous studies, including a report by the General Accounting Office to Congress last summer, document that dissatisfaction over unsafe staffing and other poor conditions is the main cause of the shortage. Hospitals have tried a variety of gimmicks to attract nurses such as huge signing bonuses. These are band-aid approaches. RN turnover rates, the highest in decades, demonstrate nurses will not remain in unsafe hospitals. The problem is not just the aging of the workforce. One third of nurses under 30 said they plan to leave their job in the coming year due to poor conditions, according to a National Institutes of Health-funded study last May. Overall, the total number of RNs continues to grow, but fewer than ever work in hospitals. The total number of licensed RNs in the U.S. continues to rise - by 5.4% from 1996 to 2000. However, the percentage who work in hospitals is steadily falling, from 68% in 1988 to 59% in 2000. .." http://www.calnurse.org/cna/12202/4rs12802.html Nursing Wages: Real wages (excluding sign-on bonuses or other one-time incentives) for RNs have actually dropped despite the need to hire more nurses. The median weekly wage had dropped from $792 in 1993 to $750 in 1999. (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). http://www.aft.org/press/2000/060200.html
  13. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    In response to lasvegasrn... I'm still here... In response to others(mimi2rn et:al) who want to know how to improve the nursing shortage... "quit". - Yup, quit your nursing job, go part time, cut down on your hours, call off sick. The less nursing hours that hospitals have the greater our leverage for wages, pensions, benefits etc... Seems the only way to win this battle is to fight fire with fire... ND
  14. nursedude

    What happened to "Nursing Is Pathetic?"

    Try clicking another link Furball...
  15. nursedude

    Nursing is pathetic...

    http://www.zazona.com/ShameH1B/ http://www.zazona.com/ShameH1B/ http://www.zazona.com/ShameH1B/ http://www.zazona.com/ShameH1B/ http://www.zazona.com/ShameH1B/ (do you know what the above is? - Shame on you if you don't!) http://www.voa.gov/special/dev-nursing-crisis020501.html http://www.usatoday.com/news/healthscience/health/2001-06-27-nursing-shortage.htm http://www.umdnj.edu/qualityweb/envscan/9906.htm http://www.theatlantic.com//unbound/bookauth/gordon/sgint.htm http://www.seiu.org/nursing/crisis.html http://www.edinburghnews.com/health.cfm?id=354422002 http://www.post-gazette.com/businessnews/20020405butler0405bnp2.asp http://portland.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2002/01/28/daily24.html http://www.papillonsartpalace.com/alarming.htm http://www.nurseweek.com/features/98-2/short.html http://www.nursesunions.ca/cb/index.shtml http://www.nursesource.org/facts_shortage.html http://www.nursealliance.org/ http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1082000/1082120.stm http://www.iowanurses.org/nsfacts.htm http://www.hrlive.com/reports/rnshortage.html http://www.ucsf.edu/daybreak/1999/12/10_shortage.html http://www.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/03/15/AHA.emergency.rooms/ http://www.edinburghnews.com/health.cfm?id=354422002 http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20020328/ap_on_re_us/hiv_nurse_1&printer=1 http://www.drkoop.com/news/special-reports/nurses/crisis.html http://www.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/05/07/nursing.shortage/ http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/UK/01/20/spain.nurses/index.html http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://www.califnurses.org/cna/cal/nd/rad1.htm http://auden.webster.edu/~greggmau/ http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf http://www.aft.org/healthcare/downloadfiles/Hart_Report.pdf
  16. nursedude

    What happened to "Nursing Is Pathetic?"

    kmchugh and any other interested parties... Here is the text from the post that started it all: "Senior Member Registered: Sep 1999 Location: pittsburgh, pa, usa Posts: 131 Nursing is pathetic... Hello, That about sums it up for me... I am a 34 year old guy and live in Pittsburgh Pa. Have been an RN for 10years. I have done the following in nursing: Cardiotharacic ICU, ER,UR, Case Management... THe problems with nursing I have found: 1) Poor compensation- I have friends that are Registered Plumbers and registered electricians, Certified computer specialists etc. All of them make twice as much $$$ as I do- none of them have a college degree. None of them are exposed to HIV, TB, Hepatitis on a daily basis. 2) You can't really practice nursing on your own even though you are licensed- See above- The plumber, the electrician and the computer guy all work full time jobs and also do business on the side from home and make money... Did you ever practice nursing on the side? its called illegal... 3) Nurses are on the bottom of the food chain...Doctors, PA's, CRNP's, Administrators all look down on nurses- at least here in Pittsburgh they do. Nurses here are just another load on the revenue generated by hospitals... 09-18-1999 06:51 AM" That post has had 4395 views and 263 replys.... Bobrn sums up why I posted "Nursing is pathetic" in his post 02-03-2002 06: "...I applaud Nursedude and the thread title "Nursing is pathetic". It seems that the thread title isn't to demean those working in the field personally, but rather the conditions in which nursing as a career has evolved to. The title itself catches attention, and stimulates emotion and controversy." Maybe I'll bring good ol' "NIP" from down under after I post this...
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