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What I want the public to know about Nurses:
Being an EMT I hate that nurses dismiss my information or role their eyes when I bring a patient in. I know we get tired but the patient sees that and in the end unless it’s a rare occasion where I have to make the split second decision bc they need a specific hospital most patients make the choice of hospitals. So a little more respect upon arrival would go much further…..and for Pete’s sake stop calling us Ambulance drivers!!!
I’m an LPN I work all units however my full time job is in assisted living and I want others to know we don’t babysit! Wr pasd meds, do change over, treatments, help with meals, assisting our STNA with showers, transportation etc. There have been nurses that come to AL and say I never would have thought you nurses did this much in AL.
Working in aged care people think all I do is hold hands and paint nails. They don’t know all the wound care and assisting with showering… Medications.. Emotional support for families.. And we are on the front line.. Doctors aren’t there 24/7
I am a Respiratory Therapist. After being asked what I do for a living and I say RT the usual response is “oh so you just give breathing treatments- that must be so easy!” That is NOT all we do. Yes that is ALOT of our job but not entirely. I work in a small hospital so beyond the obvious breathing tx, CPAP, intubation, ect- we also do the echos, dobutamines, EKGs, EEGs, PFTs, and the oh so loved ABG. There is so much more to being an RT than just breathing treatments!
I’m a nurse w 11 years experience but only 1 1/2 years working in the field of addiction crisis. I love my job and I love my clients. I don’t think the public understands the level of critical thinking required to even sit for the boards let alone succeed on the floor. We don’t just take an order blindly. We assess the patient. Document our findongs. Then we apply a care plan (which we my recommend). Then the process starts again. We don’t just clean bed pans and pass out pills. We are advocates, scientists and observers. We care for our patients and we fight like hell for their recovery. Every day. All the time.
We have a team of 69 women and men nurses at University of Michigan who do Vascular Access. We place IV’s and PICC lines 24 hours seven days a week. Most hospitals only have that service on days. I love my job and work with a group of dedicated, talented, caring people. We are all very proud of what we do. We are all RNs except one very talented LPN who places just IVs.
RN/ADON/RAC-CT in long term care. I wish people would realize that just because we work in long term care doesn’t mean we are less of a nurse. I have personally experienced more times then I care to count when I tell people what I do they always say… oh so do you plan on trying to get into a hospital job? They act like being a long term care nurse is easy and a waste of a “nurse degree.” What I want people to know is that in long term care you are managing people who were just admitted from the hospital and many times they are unstable and have to be sent back shortly after admission because the hospital discharged them too soon. Or that you are dealing with these patients and their families for months maybe years. There also isn’t a Doctor in the building so as the nurse we are assessing them, providing immediate interventions and providing care sometimes life changing until the ambulance arrives. I was once told during my nursing school acute care clinic rotation when one of the hospital nurses asked me where I worked as a LPN what I told her was “just a nursing home” and what said told me then completely changed my outlook on long term care. She said never say “just a nursing home” those patients are the hardest to take care of because they have so many co morbidities and you are trying to manage all of them without a doctor being present where as in a hospital we are mainly managing that one problem that brought them to us. So I guess I just wish people knew that we have to be just as knowledgeable and competent in long term care as the nurses in hospitals.
At this point in my career I am the dreaded agency nurse. I go pretty much where ever with little notice, am mostly treated like a leper by most staff nurses, and apparently no longer have a name but am simply referred to as “the agency nurse”. Despite all of that I still do my very best to go above and beyond for my patients since I know it could impact your HCAHPS. That being said, I would like the public to know that we are all rigorously trained professionals that have taken oath to care for those in need not overpaid waitresses and punching bags. I remember working a few weeks ago and thinking I have 80g in student loans, am awaiting conferral of my MSN, and 12 years experience and was heating up my 4th TV dinner for an ever unsatisfied and ungrateful patient. And that burned my ass a bit really.
Staffing Ratio here in PA. Hospitals fading out LPNs. I had some of the best experience in an Acute Care setting. All aspects from ODs to Oncology. Utilizing us to our fullest potential and giving us a chance to learn MORE instead of staying stagnant. More job opportunities for us LPNs.
I am a home health LPN. I work however many hours my patients need. I not only help my patients, but their families depend on me too. They need my support, my knowledge and my time. Sometimes, my being there is the only break they get. I love their acceptance into their home and their lives.
Cardiac Nurse here. I would like the general public to be aware that we are here to improve health, heal wounds, care for you in your time of need. We nurses do many things and are many things to many people. We are tolerant and understanding of scared loved ones and patients. I want the general public to know that we don’t get paid by your insurance or lack thereof. And while the small comforts of things like ice water or an extra blanket are certainly not outside of our realm of practice, waiting 30 minutes for it is not unreasonable. During that 30 minutes, I could be saving a life or soothing the pain of a life I could not save. Either way, your comforts are not the most important for us all the time. It’s sort of like asking the guy who custom built your engine for your dream car to pump your gas.
As a former ER nurse….waiting in the ER is a good thing because that means you aren’t actively dying or losing a limb. Also, please remember that we are human, too. We have feelings and “life” happening. Please say please and thank you. …it goes a long way.
Hospitals get higher reimbursement if their nursing staff are BSNs (Bachelors of Science in Nursing). I happen to be one, but feel this trend is cutting out fantastic nurses with other certifications.
I went from working in labor and delivery to doing Case Management for the last year… It was a hard move but a good one. A completely different world to say the least. It forced me to look at healthcare in different ways. Despite the general populations belief… case managers can make a difference and yes we are still nurses. You are educating someone about diseases, their health and prevention. You are reinforcing what the doctors are trying to tell their patients… You are the support for some that may not have any.
Hospice RN, was staff development and rehab. Don’t wait to put your loved ones on hospice until they are in the late stages. We improve quality of life. Don’t be afraid of the h word.
ICU RN- I wish people knew that most weeks I spend more time with THEIR loved ones than I do with my own
People often think nurses can turn on and off their emotions or put up walls to deal with loss. The best nurses are touched every day by the humanity of their patients and sometimes go home at the end of a long day exhausted, not only physically, but emotionally. (Former oncology nurse/IV therapy nurse now working in clinical research.
Feel like my nose is in a computer all day and less face time with my patients
I would like the general public to know just how hard we have to study to even get through nursing school. I am on my senior year of my BSN and it has been blood, sweat and tears getting through this program! We have to know so much to be able to go on a floor and take care of people. The prerequisites alone take about 2 years. We have to be extremely intelligent, with endless stamina and able to handle anything. Is not just about giving shots and handing out pills. That’s what everyone thinks nurses actually do. I was at work yesterday, I work as nurse tech on a medsurg floor and we had patients who were fine one minute and then get so sick so quickly! We are talking intubated and having to be taken to ICU; but the swift action of a nurse save those lives. If nurses wouldn’t be able to recognize such cases, people would die. The doctors aren’t there, the nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse techs and everyone including the receptionist calling the RRT are there. The doctors come when stuff is happening. I admire what the nurses do. I want to be just as good, proficient and compassionate when I am able to practice.
I would like the public and patients and their families that just because a nurse is walking down the hall, her brain is buzzing with all the care she must give her patients and organizing. The organizing goes on constantly due to changes to pt condition or new pt. Just because we are sitting does not mean we are just relaxing. If or body is not moving, you can be sure our brain is!