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TexasRN2 specializes in Psychiatric, Home Health, Geriatrics.

Reluctant nurse who is proud she became one.

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    Life as a Nurse

    When I have had a bad day dealing with overworked, stressed out, seemingly mean spirited nurses, who treated each other like they were the enemy instead of the illnesses of the patients, I have come home after the shift in tears and wanting to quit. But, I think of the nice note my manager got from the doctor who thanked me for my help (it happened) and told her what an asset I am. I think of my patients, especially the elder ones, who are grateful for the care they get and realize that it is for the patient that I work, not for the other nurses who are burned out or for the doctor who is too busy and stressed to remember to be human. Nursing can be a thankless, demanding, arduous profession that no sane person would want to go into but, there we are. I love it and hate it at the same time. I can't imagine going back to my life when I wasn't a nurse.
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    The True Character of a Real Nurse

    Strangely enough, I never wanted to be a nurse growing up. I went into nursing just to shut my husband up. That was 20 years ago and I am glad I did. It is sad however, that what those of us who have been in nursing for years have seen the profession turn into. Someone told everyone that nursing was a recession proof, good paying job and so many go into nursing because of the money - or so it seems. I am a home health nurse/DON and find so many nurses don't have a clue what they are doing and couldn't compose a simple sentence correctly. I used to work at the VA and those nurses were so rude and just plain mean to one another. The patients complain that they wouldn't go to the VA if they could afford to go elsewhere. I mean, where else would a nurse not get fired for refusing to help with a code because she was going on break? Can you imagine? To the LPN who can not imagine a nurse refusing to help a patient but will spend time looking for an aide to do it, I have seen that far too many times. Nurses in nursing homes sitting on their collective backsides telling the aides to go answer that light or yes, passing up a room where the light is to go find a CNA to help the patient. Doctors wash t heir hands between patients? Are you serious? Seldom have I seen it. Medicine seems to be going down the tubes. It is big business pure and simple. It is up to us who know what nursing should be to take the rest in hand and set the matter straight. Before the doctor touches a patient get his or her attention and offer the waterless hand cleaner. Tell your fellow nurse who is being hateful that you value her but not her attitude. I am working on my dissertation. I would like to know what any of you have experienced as a nurse. If you don't want to post it here, send it to my e-mail address.

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