The public has been shown and told that doctors run the show and make all the decisions, therefore nurses must be the hand maidens. It doesn’t help the profession that hospitals try to tout themselves as the best place to go for care because we offer you more, leading the public to assume what they are going to receive is 5 star resort treatment. Then to top it off reimbursement now falls on the shoulders of Press Ganey patient surveys from the public who thinks we are hand maidens there to serve up 5 star resort treatment. What do I want the public to know about my profession and the work I do??? I am not afraid to help breathe a breath into you if you need one. I am not afraid to hold a hand when I know the person is taking their last breath. I will spend countless hours pulling together all the resources you need to get you back home again to your loved ones. In my career I have been hit by patients, their families and even doctors. I have been cussed at, my job has been verbally threatened many times and I have had numerous different body fluids on me on more than one occasion. But I have enough personal stories to make up for that, stories of all the people who feel I personally made a life saving difference in their life. Because when it comes down to the nitty gritty, my biggest focus is to care for you in the safest environment and to really look at you the person and not only see your medical need but also see what you as a whole person might need and what your family might need. Then I push for those things on your behalf (the patient) and I will do everything in my power to make it happen for you.
- BT September 22, 2015