Hmmmmm. Some comments have potential viability to confirm through research.
I have been a RN for 11 years now, have seen much as many of you have. One thing that continues to irk me are nurses that think because they are a nurse are somehow a cross between Florence
I have to agree. There are some in the nursing field that are, in my terms, high on their own fumes. It is apparent with the existence of things like novelty t-shirts that support such arrogance. I will have to add some of the examples later. I became a nurse because I wanted to care for others. I worked hard to get where I am, but I am not looking for external validation – nor do I feel compelled to remind those around me of the work as some sort of self-sacrifice that others need to acknowledge in front of me.
The author points out how some nurses potentially abuse the power of delegation. I agree it occurs, but it has never been my practice. I have been a nurse for several years, but have worked as a home health aide AND as a CNA, well before that. Some nurses, perhaps, feel that they are above doing the “grunt work” that CNA do. I have never understood this line of thought. And having worked as a CNA, while going to school to become an RN; I never will. I know the incredible value of a CNA. I can show my respect by working with them as part of a team, not by treating them as a subordinate.
Never delegate out of sheer personal convenience.
12. You will become best friends with the people you work with. The night shift crew is usually a very close knit group, because they know they can always count on each other. No one truly understands what it’s like to work a night shift more than another night shifter
Luckily, #12 is very true of my work family. They rock. They seriously rock.
Nursing is hard both physically and emotionally. Each year, tens of thousands of nurses suffer debilitating pain and often career-ending musculoskeletal injuries from manually lifting patients— an estimated 3,600 pounds per shift. Nurses rank fifth among all occupations for the highest rates of musculoskeletal injuries resulting in missed work days. Nurses also sustain approximately half of all accidental needle stick injuries. Other “on-the-job” hazards include exposure to disease and chemicals, workplace violence, bullying and fatigue.
4 Myths About Nursing
I talk to job-seekers every day. Some of them have target lists of companies they’d like to learn more about, and almost all of them have lists of companies they would never work for, no matter what. Where did they get their lists of companies they would never, ever work for? They either worked f
Author Note: The one sign that stands out in my experience is:
Managers Control Internal Transfers
This dynamic is also part of a bigger picture, when it is paired with a manager that is comfortable, arbitrarily writing people up – so they are not eligible to transfer. The option then becomes; either stay in the miserable circumstances or leave the company.
Nurses can be blunt creatures. The nature of our assessments is centered on a “cut to the chase” approach. Our jobs does include acknowledging the emotional aspects with our patients and families, but communication between other nurses distills patient information into the basics. There are some patient issues that get blown out of proportion or are complicated by way too much drama. There is also the fact that nurses have front row seats to some very graphic, intense moments that most people do not have to face. The average person is not, statistically likely to see death happen. Once someone passes away, the body remains behind the scenes – from transport to a morgue or funeral home, all the way to a burial or cremation. Those in the medical profession, from EMT/Paramedics to nurses and doctors, do not have the luxury of denial or any other number of emotional paths away from witnessing the, sometimes, very chaotic path of death. This is the root of the “dark humor” that non-medical people can’t understand its use or purpose.
I think that some of the terms used by nurses are acceptable. Terms like GBGB (pronounced Jee-bee/Jee-bee) to describe ‘gastric bypass gone bad’ are appropriately descriptive. However, some of the terms identified in this list are far from appropriate – and delve into the taboo – are counterproductive and offensive. Dark humor has its purpose of helping us cope with euphemisms. It should not be at anyone’s expense, or make light of violence or mock the grief of others for their loss. It is a fine line, I suppose. It becomes the choice of any person to use such terms. The risks can be great, especially when they are used carelessly and end up being heard by those who are intimate with the target patient.
I may try to think of other terms to share here, but do not have any at the moment. Please feel free to share your thoughts – if so inspired to do so.
All of this talk is treading on some sacred ground. Beliefs (especially the religious kind) are for most of us a taboo subject. We don’t discuss them, we don’t engage in debate about them. Just try to bring it up on FaceBook and watch the insults fly and the defriending begin. No, we prefer to leave others to their beliefs and quietly go about living our lives guided by our own.
Most of us, that is
I liked this article. It seems that the demand to “respect” beliefs of someone else is a euphemism for “convert.” There seems to be a large group of people who are tired of being “politically correct.” However, pointing out some harsh comments that someone makes – and suddenly – you are infringing upon their rights. Of course, the words they choose freely are frequently not ones that they’d use freely in the company of those they are belittling.
In no particular order:
Looking at these, I do see a pattern. Well, except for the Godspell album. The rest of the listed albums came out in 1985/1986. I have owned these on cassette, as well as vinyl; and now CD. I don’t have anything profound to share. At least, nothing that would mean anything to anyone else. These albums resonate in my memory. They take me back to my early college years. I was quite the raging idiot in those days. Luckily, I have come a long way since that time.
AUTHOR SIDE NOTE: The play, GODSPELL, is religious. It is based on the Book Of Matthew, which is the section of the Bible that has to do with the life of Christ. My appreciation for this album is based on the incredible music, meaningful lyrics, and clever presentation. For the record, my spiritual path took a different direction over time. I am not proselytizing, nor do I seek to be subjected to the process. I believe everyone is responsible for their own spiritual choices. For those seeking enlightenment, please consult your local priest/minister/Imam/Shaman/ Priestess/Wise woman/ etc.