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Content by Emmysue

  1. When young friends tell me they want to go to nursing school, I always ask if they are ready to be blamed for missing any errors in the doctor's orders and also being held responsible for any error made by the aids working under you. Are you ready to be the middle of a responsibility sandwich? I must say it causes them to think twice. We get pressed like a panini!
  2. When I was working for $2.50/hour (1964 and $0.50/hour less than any other RN because it was a "non-nursing" position.) when I had applied for something else, the hospital, because of my past experience, had requested I accept, I would have jumped at a union. A few years ago the SEIU tried to organize local nurses and I was against them. First because, as an American, I object to the idea of an INTERNATIONAL union representing our nurses just as I object to its representing our federal workers. Next because much of what they were trying to push would have been detrimental to our profession. We ARE A PROFESSION and not a group of non specific people whose only interest is in the money. Yes, nurses need representation: no, it should not be from organizers totally outside our profession.
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    Tips for Being a Good Patient

    I have been both the nurse and the patient from time to time. The first thing you can do to be a good patient is to learn all you can about your disease and /or procedure. As a patient never start by saying, "I hate to be a bother". You are NOT A BOTHER, you are OUR RESPONSIBILITY! You are a part of our chosen profession as well as our livelihood. If someone ---anyone--- who is there to care for you tells to to do what your doctor has told you not to do, point it out and don't do it. After all, not everyone has access to the orders on your chart and only you have access to conversations. Sometimes doctors forget to write orders. When I had a laminectomy (spinal surgery) after which I was not to twist in any way. A CNA was trying to move me in bed and wanted me down a few inches and said, "Just wiggle." I had to refuse because it was not a thing I should do. Be your own advocate. Finally, just ask for your needs. A light on every 10-15 minutes in the same room is disruptive if the requests are for trivialities. There may be times when you actually NEED something every 10-15 minutes after a procedure but these times soon pass and constant demands sometimes result in staff who will try to avoid you. This is bad attitude from a staff but it happens. Good luck with your surgery and God be with you.
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    The Nurse on the Other Side

    I read the article. I read many of the responses. In 2012 I had a lumbar laminectomy involving 3 vertabrae. Because I live alone I didn't go home until my 5th post op day. I found that my normal vocabulary immediately identified me to everyone as a nurse. There is no anonymity. I am a 3 year program graduate as almost all of us were in the 1950s. I never too a college degree but in our 3 year programs, which involved a 40 hour week and a 50 week year, we put in more hours than are currently put in by our BSN grads. I found that one could tell whether an older nurse was a recent grad or and old school nurse almost as soon as she/he entered the room. Old school came straight to the patient. More recently educated went straight to whatever machine was in use. Seems to me that something is being lost in nursing education these days. Just for the record; I went to work as a nurses aid when I was 15. Went into nursing school at 17 right out of high school. I worked in one area after another and took about 19 years off to stay home with my kids and went back to work when my daughter went to college. I retired in about 1995 and will be 80 in November. And as I look back, I think we are losing some of the heart in nursing as our new grads have less and less patient contact time while in school.
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    Hospitals Firing Seasoned Nurses: Nurses FIGHT Back!

    This is a pattern I have seen several times since I graduated nursing school in 1958. It reverses when statistics on patient care and mortality begin to prove the value of an experienced skilled nursing staff. This was in a nursing home skilled care facility, not a hospital. A friend was in charge days. I worked nights. She was fired for a trumped up reason: A patient refused to eat and was losing weight. You cannot force someone to eat either physically or legally. When she was fired 8 more of us submitted our resignations! My friend then had to sue for unemployment and won. The only answer seems to be to make THEM hurt. It would take the same cooperation as having a union.

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