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"She's a FLOOR nurse..."

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Has 13 years experience.

I love ER, but I am currently watching my least favorite episode, "Fear of Flying."

Why do I hate this one? It involves a MedSurg nurse being pulled to County's ER and, during the course of the shift, depicts floor nurses as dumb people who have too much time on their hands.

I think the show has shown nurses in a positive light for the most part (soap opera stuff ignored) especially with the characters of Carol, Sam and Haleh. So why did they feel the need for the low blow to MedSurg nurses?

Of course, I was "raised" in the perioperative environment, and had instilled in me the belief that floor nurses were the ones who couldn't hack the real world of nursing, so I'm not shocked that Hollywood feels the same way!

I know I need reminding sometimes that we couldn't function without other types of nurses. If we all worked on the floor, who would be the RRT nurse, the LTC nurse, the triage nurse in the ER? We're all pieces of the same body!

Ugh!

jollydogg_RN, ADN, BSN

Specializes in OR. Has 12 years experience.

i dont understand this mentality... im basically a new grad now... but ive worked as an extern and as a tech on a med-surg floor, and i dont see how this is right.

doing rotations to the OR and speciality clinics in clinicals, id MUCH rather be something else than a Med-Surg nurse! theyre overworked and underthanked.

i think the best and most knowledgable nurses COME from the med-surg floors! unless there is something im missing here....

chicookie, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds Hem, Onc, Med/Surg. Has 8 years experience.

I would like to see these people that write this stuff take a med-surg 12 hour shift, then they can say how "dumb" med-surg nurses are.

I think it is sad that any type of nurses are disrespected. I hear it all the time when I say I work in LTC. I hear,"I would never do that." or "Whats the matter you couldn't cut it as a hospital nurse?"

I love LTC, well, I should say I love working with the elderly. I can do without the bad staffing, bad pay and bad benefits, but that is a whole other post lol.

Floor Nursing is the 'Boot-Camp', 'Trial by Fire', (LTC is the 'Hell-Hole), that other specialities could only wish they had the fortitude, skills, and intelligence, to be able to master, much less survive.

I have always said that the standard uniform of the typical Med-Surg nurse should include a red-headed wig, since they are treated like a 'red-headed step-child by most facilities. (Oh...by the way...I'm an ICU nurse).

AlabamaBelle

Specializes in Peds Critical Care, Dialysis, General.

I work PICU, but I've been floated to the general peds floor - those nurses kick *** out there! Gotta love them! They are awesome!!!

As the sister of a hardworking, diligent Med/Surg RN, the above portrayal of Med/Surg RNs is offensive.

I just gotta brag on little sis - she was just named Med/Surg RN of the Year at her facility - she is the first Med/Surg RN to receive this distinction! So proud of her!!

Christy's proud oldest sister,

Cindy RN

I work PICU, but I've been floated to the general peds floor - those nurses kick *** out there! Gotta love them! They are awesome!!!

As the sister of a hardworking, diligent Med/Surg RN, the above portrayal of Med/Surg RNs is offensive.

I just gotta brag on little sis - she was just named Med/Surg RN of the Year at her facility - she is the first Med/Surg RN to receive this distinction! So proud of her!!

Christy's proud oldest sister,

Cindy RN

Two thumbs up to your sis. A lot of ICU nurses will post that they would not go back out on the floor for all the money in the world. I have worked in ICU, CCU and stepdown as well as med/surg and rehab nursing. Med/surg is by far the hardest in my opinion, on any given day half your patients ought to be in ICU but ICU does not have enough beds. There is a technique to dealing with 6,7,8 or more patients. Not everyone can get the hang of it.

I think it is sad that any type of nurses are disrespected. I hear it all the time when I say I work in LTC. I hear,"I would never do that." or "Whats the matter you couldn't cut it as a hospital nurse?"

I love LTC, well, I should say I love working with the elderly. I can do without the bad staffing, bad pay and bad benefits, but that is a whole other post lol.

Your post brought tears to my eyes. How can anyone say a disrespectful thing like that to a person who cares for the elderly, frail and disabled. These patients are in such desperate need.

jollydogg_RN, ADN, BSN

Specializes in OR. Has 12 years experience.

im still in talks with a hospital to work on a med/surg floor that typically doesn't hire new grads but considered me cause of my orthopaedic experience as a nurse extern.

working as a tech on that floor.... i have to say.... its so scary to even imagine working on my own there. just seeing all the seasoned nurses pulling meds left and right like tazmanian devil out of the pyxis, while simultaneously shouting at patients in their rooms, to helping other nurses at the same time.... man.... i just dont know, lol.

kudos to them =(

Southern Fried RN

Specializes in Critical care. Has 9 years experience.

What a hateful expression but unfortunately one that gets used A LOT. I "did my time" on a tele floor and absolutely would not go back unless I desperately need the money. Those floors are HARD work and the majority of the nurses out there are running all day long. I've met a few stupid people on the floors, but I've met stupid people working in every department of the hospital. Just because one works on the floor does NOT equal stupid.

I don't know why some areas of nursing look down on other areas. It's unprofessional and doesn't do anything to improve workplace hostility.

TrailBlazerRN

Specializes in Burns, ICU, Plastic Surgery. Has 3 years experience.

I totally know which episode you're talking about. The comment that bothered me was when the two other nurses abandoned Carol and said "we're not babysitting her." I mean what??? Yeah, of course a med/surg nurse might be a little out of place in an ED, but c'mon seriously?

Nascar nurse, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC & Hospice. Has 35 years experience.

I have been a LTC nurse for 20+ years. I have been assigned up to 40-50 residents at a time (back in the day - not so much now). I can do a mean med pass, do foleys, IV's, wound vacs, complicated wound dressings, TPN, soothe families, recognize impending doom in a patient, effectively communicate and have the respect of the same Drs that work in the hospital, etc... but had a hospital recruiter tell me within the past year "Oh, you are just a LTC nurse - we are not interested due to your lack of skill".

Your loss sweetheart!

Valerie Salva, BSN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

I love ER, but I am currently watching my least favorite episode, "Fear of Flying."

Why do I hate this one? It involves a MedSurg nurse being pulled to County's ER and, during the course of the shift, depicts floor nurses as dumb people who have too much time on their hands.

I think the show has shown nurses in a positive light for the most part (soap opera stuff ignored) especially with the characters of Carol, Sam and Haleh. So why did they feel the need for the low blow to MedSurg nurses?

Of course, I was "raised" in the perioperative environment, and had instilled in me the belief that floor nurses were the ones who couldn't hack the real world of nursing, so I'm not shocked that Hollywood feels the same way!

I know I need reminding sometimes that we couldn't function without other types of nurses. If we all worked on the floor, who would be the RRT nurse, the LTC nurse, the triage nurse in the ER? We're all pieces of the same body!

Ugh!

That is so ironic- I was told several times in nursing school that perioperative nursing is not real nursing- because there is always a doc there who is responsible for everything, and no critical thinking is required on the nurse's part. Not that I believe it, of course.

It was instilled in me that med surg nursing is the real meat of nursing!

gonzo1, ASN, RN

Specializes in CEN, ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP. Has 18 years experience.

ICU and ER is where med/surg nurses that can't take it go to get away.

med surg is the meat and potatoes and they do work their butts off

they have my full respect

angel337, MSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room.

i personally think floor nurses are the hardest working nurses out there. the hospital would not exist without floor nursing.

the experience most people have with floor nurses is when they are visiting or are admitted to a floor. they sit for an hour and see a nurse in the room for 5 min. then when they pass the nurses station their is either 2-3 nurses chatting or they are all 'hiding'. if they followed a floor nurse around for a typical shift they would see a very different picture.

AOx1

Specializes in ER, ICU, Education. Has 15 years experience.

I think this happens when we don't learn to work as a team. My patients in the ICU are extremely ill and require a lot of intense focus. With only 1-2 patients, I have more time focused on just them, and learn a lot more about history, diagnosis, labs, etc, and can list all that good stuff off the top of my head. However, in med-surg, I am too busy keeping my head above water with my 8 pts, 4 of whom are in isolation, lol. The way some hospitals staff, it's a miracle nurses even have time to meet and assess their patients. I think it's a lack of understanding of what the other person does in a given day. My days were equally crazy on both units, but you can't know every detail of 8-10 pts like you can when you only have 1-2.

The episode of "ER" referred to in this thread actually ends with the ER nurses realizing they've misjudged the med-surg nurse. Said nurse says she's been floated to the ER -- and other unfamiliar environments -- by management in an effort to get her to screw up and forfeit her pension, of which she's just nine months shy. The ER nurses scoff at that until suddenly one of their own veterans, one year shy of a pension, learns that she'll soon be floated to neuro. The med-surg nurse is suddenly a sympathetic character, not an incompetent.

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