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When Is OUR Parade?

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Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

First off---I am a huge Patriots' fan...I watched every game, hollered myself hoarse at the amazing Super Bowl on tv, and yes, even bought a limited edition Tom Brady Super Bowl MVP bobble head doll on the Home Shopping Network. I'm truly glad that they won and had a parade. BUT...where is OUR parade? Where is the parade for those of us who take care of other peoples' family members because they can't? When is the parade for the CNAs who get smacked every time they try to do care? When is the parade for the nurse who saves a life or holds the hand of a scared resident in the middle of the night? When is the parade for the management team who argue with corporate to increase wages or who stay and work a 14 hour day because they can't leave when their staff is short?

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

Hear ya! When I hear the salaries of the athletes (and I am a HUGE fan), I cringe. People yell and scream all the time about what public school system employees make, yet no one blinks an eye at the gazillions of dollars spent on entertainment. Is not what we do at the bedside, or in a school, clinic etc, worthy of any of that?

I'm glad to see that Tom Brady got a new truck and that he is giving it to the player who certainly deserve sit, wouldn't it be nice to see the leagues make a comparable donation to a domestic violence program, a school program, or an activities program in LTC?

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Or a soup kitchen?

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

We live in kind of a crazy country, don't we? I am a huge sports fan, I like movies, TV and music. But my good gracious, the salaries! Why do the actors on a certain 30 minute sitcom get paid a million dollars an episode? That's $1,000,000 a week to supply us consumers with about 23 minutes of entertainment. The TV actors that make this kind of money can't even use the argument that their job is physical and potentially dangerous with a relatively short career span to justify the wages.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

[i am also a huge Pats fan. The Ravens game was the most stressful 3 hours of this year for me, I watched the Colts game from South America and I was shaking during that final drive on Sunday.]

I think it's absurd that the MVP of the Super Bowl is given a vehicle at all. There's not a single player in the NFL who can't afford his own car. I mean, for crying out loud, practice squad players make a minimum of $6k/week and would make $102,000 if he was on the practice squad for the entire season. I'm glad Brady is giving the truck to Butler (honestly, does anyone imagine Tom Brady, Gisele's husband, driving a CHEVY?) but I'd rather see GM donating a vehicle to a struggling parent who needs it to drive their child in for cancer treatments or something.

What gets me about the parade is that the city prioritized removing snow from downtown for it over clearing areas for the residents here. I drive around Boston every single day for work- I seriously left my car basically in the middle of the road on Tuesday with my hazards on to go see one of my patients. Every fire hydrant on my route today was completely buried. This city is a disaster but crews worked all night Tuesday night into Wednesday morning to clear the parade route.

There will never be a parade for us. We'll have to settle for being unsung heroes.

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

We will sing our own songs then.

Hell, I never even knew who the two teams were.

SummerGarden, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ED, ICU, MS/MT, PCU, CM, House Sup, Frontline mgr. Has 13 years experience.

Hell, I never even knew who the two teams were.

Me neither, but it was an outstanding game! :)

-Former Football fan many moons ago.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

It was a good game....LOL So was the Green Bay/Sea Hawks.

If Kim Karsashian is worth 65 MILLION dollars for doing NOTHING! I don't see why nurses can't at least get paid what they are worth and have a non contributory retirement plan :no:

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

Hate the Pats, but I am a sports fan, rabid even at times.

I still hate when they are called "heroes".

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

It was a good game....LOL So was the Green Bay/Sea Hawks.

If Kim Karsashian is worth 65 MILLION dollars for doing NOTHING! I don't see why nurses can't at least get paid what they are worth and have a non contributory retirement plan :no:

You got that right sister!!!

motherof3sons

Specializes in LTC. Has 22 years experience.

Yes to all the posts.....I worked Wednesday and I held a lady's hand and comforted her family as she was dying. I had taken care of this precious lady before her cancer had advanced and she had the most wonderful sense of humor to the point of naming her left arm and leg Elvin and Ervin, left limp from a stroke.

I was in tears as I medicated her and whispered to her and she reached up and tenderly rubbed my back....for now I will hold onto her memory as my parade. Work called me today and I inquired of her, she passed early this AM.

JBMmom, MSN

Specializes in Long term care; med-surg; critical care. Has 9 years experience.

As a society in general, we value being good looking, young and strong. You're rewarded for being any of those things- an athlete, a singer, an actor, etc. Why do we ask celebrities their opinion on things like politics? Do we really think they're smarter than we are just because they're famous? Who knows. We don't want to acknowledge the hard work done by many people that make the world a better place to be. I'm sure that no one reading this forum went into nursing with aspirations of being rich and famous, especially those in long-term care, providing care to the old and infirm. It's something that needs to be done and there are people that will always do it. No fanfare, no parades, no big paychecks. But for the most part, I like to think that karma comes around in the end and it all pays off. Even if only when I look in the mirror and know that I made someone's life just a little better.

We never will have a parade, make alot of money or be famous. Our reward is the deep satisfaction that we have knowing we made a difference in a person's life when they needed it most. I feel in the eyes of our patients we are heros!

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

My team just got our second deficiency free state survey!!! I'll parade around the building with my pompoms.....

kbrn2002, ADN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis. Has 19 years experience.

My team just got our second deficiency free state survey!!! I'll parade around the building with my pompoms.....

Congrats! Not an easy thing to accomplish. Why stop at pompoms? I think you should just hire a marching band.

NutmeggeRN, BSN

Specializes in kids. Has 25 years experience.

Congrats!!! Let's have a parade!images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRr4mqjnMS-1ysvv3Z5vAjXy_Q7-wlL9WWcnZLGAEZktGnMxHgz