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To be a coward, or to be a fool?

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by MsJenn_The_RN MsJenn_The_RN (New) New Nurse

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I don't know which is right, leaving or staying.

A first-hand account of the struggles facing this ICU nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic You are reading page 4 of To be a coward, or to be a fool?. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

ppfd has 7 years experience and specializes in ED, Critical Care.

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On 4/5/2020 at 1:25 PM, anonymous-phn-RN said:

As a Nurse you took an oath to Help people. sometimes it requires taking chances and putting your life on the line. If you are not willing to do that; you should not be a Nurse.

LOL

A wise old NYPD SGT I knew had a saying that holds true for any career

"Never love your job, because your job won't love you back."

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jollydogg_RN has 11 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in OR.

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On 4/8/2020 at 10:45 AM, kbrn2002 said:

I am surprised at this response from an experienced nurse. Nowhere, at no time did any nurse take an oath to risk their lives due to poor planning and poor implementation of disaster protocols.

However many are knowingly and willingly doing just that. Those that choose not to shouldn't be told they chose the wrong profession just because they are putting their lives and the lives of their loved one's above their job.

Would you say the same to a firefighter told to battle a blaze with a broken hose while working in their underwear? Do you think it's OK to send an officer to an active shooter scene with no vest, no gun, no back-up? Of course not. So why would you think it's OK to send a nurse into a situation that is clearly not safe and then berate that nurse for saying no?

I’m not surprised at all. You know how many crotchety ole nurse ratchets I dealt with my first year of nursing? Almost made me quit.

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On 4/1/2020 at 1:17 PM, anonymous-phn-RN said:

You know unfortunately our government did not protect us as they should have; but being a Nurse means that you may have to put your life on the line to save others. I was a Disaster Nurse for DMATCA4 and DMATCA6 for seven years for NDMS; HOME LAND SECURITY after 911. Taking care of people with unknown disorders or going into Austere environments is what nurses do.

No it flipping isn't. That's what THOSE nurses do. ICU nurses signed up for ICU. Not to go into "austere environments."

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819Nurse has 15 years experience as a BSN, LPN, RN and specializes in Nursing.

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On 4/8/2020 at 1:15 AM, Kooky Korky said:

Did your grandfather mean that workers are not valued and are expendable?

To be invaluable and indispensable is good.

Yes.....I spelled it all wrong. Thanks. Basically they dont give a greak about us and can toss us away at a moments notice.

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el t ani specializes in ICU/CCU/IR/Cathlab.

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I think we all fear the unthinkable. This has been an issue of mine as well, demand the right equipment or I can just refuse to work without the proper PPE. Thank you for your service. It’s a dreadful situation that hopefully as a nation learn something from this. This will shape you and make a better nurse. The sacrifice you have put in this career will pay in the end. All I can say is that just hang in there if it feels like this is your calling. Earning the respect and building strong bonds it’s irreplaceable. My respect to all my fellow health care workers.

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nancynurse12 has 37 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PACU.

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On 4/1/2020 at 7:51 PM, MsJenn_The_RN said:

Update: I have had a cough for the last 4-6 weeks, but so has everyone around me, because it’s pollen season. I noticed last night, though, that the cough felt a little different. Tonight, I started feeling really bad really fast. Just checked my temp...3 times...and it’s 100.5. And now I’m REALLY freaked out.

Think you were tested too early. You need a retest.

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nancynurse12 has 37 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in PACU.

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On 4/11/2020 at 11:22 AM, Orion81RN said:

No it flipping isn't. That's what THOSE nurses do. ICU nurses signed up for ICU. Not to go into "austere environments."

If you joined the army and are sent to a war zone you are putting your life on the line. And people can say you signed up for it. Also, you are given appropriate weapons. A nurse does not expect her employer to lock up up ppe and send you into a war zone putting you and your families lives at risk.
I couldn’t recommend going into nursing due to how nurses are treated. Anyone who does go into nursing needs to understand by keeping their eyes open as students and joining nursing sites.

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On 4/5/2020 at 10:25 AM, anonymous-phn-RN said:

As a Nurse you took an oath to Help people. sometimes it requires taking chances and putting your life on the line. If you are not willing to do that; you should not be a Nurse.

what oath?

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jollydogg_RN has 11 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in OR.

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32 minutes ago, nxikkxi said:

what oath?

Seriously. That’s what I keep wondering, LOL. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Who cares how many lives you save if you yourself lose your soul? Lose the love of your child? How damaging this is to your son should absolutely matter to you. No wonder you feel unrelenting shame! Your DUTY is to your child. Your JOB as a nurse is something you can pick up and put down. You simply can’t do that with being a momma. You are going to burn out and the way you’re living is gonna mess up your immune system. Take your vacation time or an unpaid temporary leave.

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I learned very early on to stand up for myself and my family's priorities. Put in your scheduled work time then go home. Administration takes advantage of our profession of "helpers". They will bleed you dry if you let them.

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ladycody has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in CWON.

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On 4/5/2020 at 1:25 PM, anonymous-phn-RN said:

As a Nurse you took an oath to Help people. sometimes it requires taking chances and putting your life on the line. If you are not willing to do that; you should not be a Nurse.

Yep...we did take an oath...but none of us took an oath to do that in any particular wat and none of us to an oath to do so even if it meant risk the lives of our families. Do you know the Nightingale Pledge? Read it lately? Let me help you out:

"I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly to pass my life in purity and to practise my profession faithfully.
I shall abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and shall not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.
I shall do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling.
I shall be loyal to my work and devoted towards the welfare of those committed to my care."

The expectation is that we practice our profession faithfully...that we maintain and elevate the profession, keep confidences, and be devoted to the welfare of those committed to our care. Do you have ANY idea how many DIFFERENT ways there are to meet those expectations? ???

The pledge does NOT require you to forsake your family or ignore your own well being. Even the armed forces...where there is an expectation that your life MAY WELL BE ASKED OF YOU...will grant exceptions to prevent unreasonable risk and to protect the needs of your family. They're called dependency, hardship, and medical discharges.

So to all the shamers....just stop.

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