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10 Things Nurses Don't Want You to Know

Updated on April 15, 2017
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Kelly is a nurse practitioner. She also knows what it's like to be a patient, as she's been a Type I diabetic for over 18 years.

1. They're on a Bad Streak

Nurses are skilled professionals. They spend time perfecting their art of nursing, which includes IV sticks, lab draws, catheter insertions, central line care, wound packing and dressings, and the list goes on.

However, nurses are human. We have good and bad days, streaks of perfection and, well, streaks of failure. There are nurses who seem to possess superpowers, those who seem close to godliness in the skillful way they find veins in the most edematous of patients and place a Foley catheter in the darkest and most confusing recesses of the human body. These are the rarest of nurses, and they make the rest of us feel quite inept.

So, if you ask a nurse, "how good are you at this?" or "how many times have you done this before?" the answers may vary, but we will always sound confident because pessimism does not work well in our occupation. If we're on a bad streak (specifically with IV insertion), we're hoping you'll be the lucky star who turns it around and sends us back to our streak of perfection.

Keep in mind that you can always request another nurse, someone more specialized, or a pediatric nurse (as they seem to hold the IV-insertion superpower). But whatever you do, please don't doubt our motive: We strive to be perfect at what we do, every time.

Nurses Get First Access to Test Results
Nurses Get First Access to Test Results

2. They Know Preliminary Test Results

Yes, that's right, we know the answer to your diagnostic test, but we're not always the right person to tell you. It has to do with hospital policy and politics. We often know results first, since nurses act as the messenger between pathologists, radiologists, and primary providers. Some nurses leave the results for the patient's healthcare provider (physician, PA, or NP) to deliver, while others use their own judgment to decide what they can safely share with their patients without digging a hole they can't get out of.

Your best bet? Wait for your healthcare provider to ask the important questions. It's hard to wait, but you can use that time to make a list of all the things you'd like to ask. That way, your mind won't come up blank when they finally show up, and you'll save your nurse a moral dilemma.

The Patient Next Door Is Dying
The Patient Next Door Is Dying

3. The Patient Next Door Is Dying

Nurses always seem busy, rushed, and quick to move on to the next patient, barely leaving time to make conversation or inquire more about how you're feeling today. That is because we are busy, extremely busy trying to stay focused, avoid mistakes, and above all, keep our patients safe. We're busy trying to keep confused patients in their chairs, hurting patients pain-free, post-op patients walking, coughing, and breathing, and dying patients comfortable.

Of all these people, the dying patients and their families require the most care, comfort, compassion, and attention. On a good day, nurses are typically given a lighter load when providing care to those destined for their celestial transfer, but even then it's difficult to equally distribute attention to every patient. Most people don't come to the hospital to die, nor do they want to know if someone is dying, especially if it's their "neighbor." We're good at keeping secrets: Even if it wasn't mandated by federal law, we always strive to keep a straight face and focus entirely on the patient at hand. But it's hard to deny it when patients notice the somber faces of fellow visitors and the sound of tears next door.

So if you're ever in this position, please give your nurses a little extra patience that day, because compassionate care is a difficult job and a little kindness goes a long way.

Sometimes, Nurses Go Online to Research Diagnoses
Sometimes, Nurses Go Online to Research Diagnoses

4. They Had to Google It

So, you're admitted with a unique and rare disease. It may be a condition that your nurses are not familiar with. Whenever we don't understand a disease or know the answer to your question, you can be sure that we are actively searching for the answer online. Let's just hope that your nurse uses a legitimate medical evidence-based resource such as UpToDate rather than Wikipedia.

Additionally, if you or your family member want to look up information, become an amateur diagnostician, or maybe just read more about your condition, please use legitimate medical websites and not Wikipedia or someone's terrifying blog account. It's nice to know things, but inadequate, biased, or fallacious websites can be a dangerous thing.

Reasons Nurses May Not Call You by Your Name
Reasons Nurses May Not Call You by Your Name | Source

5. They Don't Remember Your Name

Due to the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (Title II), we keep patient information top-secret. To prevent revealing information to other patients and visitors in the hallways and shared rooms, you may overhear us calling you by your room number.

Many times it will be, "Will you please get 3B some ice," or "6C would like to shower now" to our fellow aides, but it's not that we don't care enough to remember your names. We truly do, especially if we have the joy of keeping you for our 3-day/36-hour stretch of the week. (This isn't sarcastic: We are genuinely excited if we can provide continuity of care and help you improve, especially if we can exchange end-of-shift reports with the same nurse). Sometimes, though, it's just easier and more efficient to call you by your room name.

But truth be told, there may be moments when your name eludes us. Believe me, I'm excellent at remembering names and even better at faces, but barely two hours into a morning shift, downing hospital-brewed Sanka that pretends to be coffee, and remembering I have six patients to assess, look up labs for, prep for tests, and give meds to by 10 a.m., my mind may come up with a blank when your family member calls, wondering how you're doing that morning. Don't worry though, I'll have your name down by 7 p.m.... unless of course I've overused your name that day, and that's not always a good thing.

Getting Discharged: Who Decides
Getting Discharged: Who Decides

6. Being "Discharged" Does NOT Mean You Can Go Home Now

Okay, so this is something we probably want you to know.

When a physician tells you that you're going home in the morning, it doesn't always mean before 11 a.m. In the hospital world, there are a lot of "ifs" and "buts" to determine exactly when you will be discharged.

First: Why are you here? If you're in the hospital for any exacerbation of a chronic disease (heart failure, COPD, or uncontrolled diabetes, for example), you most likely require education before being sent home. New medications such as Coumadin or Lovenox also require extra education. Don't be surprised if this delays your discharge.

Second: Who said you could go home? Was it your specialist? If so, this simply means that they've discharged you from their standpoint. The rest of the process of discharge then falls to the remaining specialists, and if none remain, it is left for the primary provider (typically a Hospitalist or Internal Medicine group). If you are admitted solely under a specialist (for example, you're admitted under an orthopedic surgeon for a knee replacement), then it's safe to say you are truly discharged.

Third: "My doc says I'm discharged, so I'll go ahead and take my IV out in order to save my nurse some time, right?" The answer is NO! Please ask your nurse first and please don't take it out yourself. There are many things that can delay a discharge: laboratory tests, required repeat labs that were lost in the tube system or had erroneous results, a surprise fever, a case of syncope (passing out), or (god forbid) a serious event such as a heart arrhythmia or cardiac/respiratory arrest. These are some of the reasons why you should not take out that IV; your nurse will thank you.

Fourth: Above all, be patient. If you've asked your nurse when you will be discharged more than four times in a single hour, you've most likely delayed your discharge even further. Every trek back into a patient's room to reassure them that they will be discharged "soon" takes time away from passing out meds, toileting patients, and sending them for tests so that the nurse can finally sit down and write out your discharge papers. If you're constantly asking when, we'll never be able to finish our tasks so we can work on yours.

Who's Responsible for Knowing Why You're Taking These Medications?
Who's Responsible for Knowing Why You're Taking These Medications?

7. They Don't Know Why You're on This Medication

One thing you should know about are your meds and why you're taking them. The nurse isn't customarily in charge of explaining this to you.

Nurses are smart. We know hundreds of diseases and diagnoses, the medications that treat them, and how they work to treat each condition. However, many meds have multiple indications and various uses. For example, let's say we know you have high blood-pressure (hypertension) and you're scheduled to receive three meds. These three meds can be used for hypertension, but have very different mechanisms of action. We can find out why you're taking them, but reviewing a patient's history is kind of like reading a recorded version of the game "telephone." Depending on who entered the information, who reviewed it, and assuming they haven't missed anything important, we may safely infer that you have fairly resistant hypertension and that's why you're taking these meds, but it's much better and easier if you take some responsibility for keeping track of what your doctors are prescribing and why.

On the other hand, clear communication is key when you're in the hospital, and we know that sometimes you need to ask more than once to get things straight. Never be afraid to ask the question, "Why?" But then make sure you listen to and understand the answer!

Should You Be in ICU?
Should You Be in ICU? | Source

8. They Think You Should Be in the Intensive Care Unit

Nursing is an art and it takes experience to build skills like developing a gut reaction. Sometimes, you can just look at a patient and know that they should be in the intensive care unit. New nurses may not get it right away, but experienced nurses (as well as other medical staff) can sense an emergency from just a few feet away.

Many of us have various rituals to ward off these bad spirits, which may include plugging in the code cart just a little closer to your room or withholding lunch just a little bit longer to see how you'll do. If your nurse or aide seems concerned about you (visiting you every ten minutes, constantly checking your vitals, and incessantly asks how you're feeling), just tell the truth. Stoicism doesn't work well in hospitals: not for pain relief, not for nausea, and especially not for "feeling the worst you've ever felt."

If you feel that something is just not right, tell us. Sometimes our patients get that ominous feeling before we do, but all it takes is a little initiative to get us to take a longer look into your trending vitals, labs, and recent tests to determine if we need to call your provider to take a second look.

Managing Pain
Managing Pain | Source

9. When You Say You're Allergic to All Pain Meds Except Dilaudid...

We may roll our eyes. Just joking... okay, well, sort of.

"Pain is always what the patient says it is: Always." However, if your pain is truly a 10/10, then joking, laughing, texting, and answering your phone when the nurse is asking you serious questions is not the best way to appear sincere.

Withholding pain medications for a person in pain is against the rights of the patient, and a nurses don't withhold pain medications when a person is in pain, but be honest. Even a little pain is cause for intervention, but it's not only the degree of pain you're experiencing but the sincerity with which you express it that will get you the compassionate care you deserve.

10. Get Out of the Hospital as Soon as Possible

Hospitals are gross, period. We strive as hard as we can to sterilize, clean, and disinfect the thousands of germs that are harbored in the recesses of your hospital bed, remote control, bathroom, and floors, but it's just not enough. And the longer you stay in the hospital, the greater risk you are of being infected with a nasty hospital super-bug.

Yes, there are horrible germs that cause everything from ventilator-associated pneumonia to MRSA and result in thousands of additional dollars in care. They may make you even more sick than you were in the first place. So if you're fine but think one more day of rest in a nice hospital with friendly staff and prepared meals is a good idea, think again. Get out as fast as you can.

Nurses: Thank You!
Nurses: Thank You!

Thank You

That being said, you're always welcome to visit when you're well again. We always appreciate thanks from patients we've helped recover. You don't need to bring cookies or treats, just a simple card or visit will do to remind us why we keep doing what we do. The smiles of previous patients make the long hours, stressful shifts, and overtime worth it. We didn't choose this profession to be money-makers, but rather to provide honest and compassionate care so that you can return to a normal, happy, and healthy life.

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      Bigwillystyle 6 weeks ago

      I had a nures to help me pee and she actually held my dick in her hand and helped me pee . was she supose to do that ?...... Dont have a problem with it just wondering if shes suppose to help out that much :)

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      Sasha 6 weeks ago

      Some of the dumbest people i know are nurses. It is a fact that stupid people often strive to become nurses because it is doesnt require brains, just hard work. It is probably the most financially rewarding job for a dumb person to take.

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      Joe 2 months ago

      #4 is a lie, the truth is patients get discharged all the time but the RNs don't want another patient after you leave so they BS the patient till the end of the shift

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      Danika 5 months ago

      As a nurse, we NEED to know why you are on certain meds. Even if it is as simple as advil, we need to know. That is part of our job.

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      WowWow 10 months ago

      Sisterwhocares: Your first question might be to the pharmacy that provides meds for the SNF. Occasionally there are shortages and back orders on certain meds. If that is not the case, then you might try to find out if the SNF is ordering the meds in a timely manner. Next, if the meds he needs are out of stock or back ordered, the SNF can ask the MD to order something else that is more readily available. Finally, if the availability is not as issue, then the SNF needs to tep up their game with ordering.

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      sisterwhocares 10 months ago

      Can someone explain to me why, for the third time in 10 days the skilled nursing facility has run out of meds for my brother? (he's only been there for 10 days!) He had his leg amputated in an accident three weeks ago. Somehow, his long-acting morphine keeps "running out". I am really disturbed by this trend. He is an inspiring patient, excelling at his physical therapy and has kept his sense of humor. He is friendly to his nurses and fellow patients. They just don't seem to care about making sure the patients meds are current (other patients have reported similar issues during conversations with them).

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      myocardialarrest 10 months ago

      Dear MDs: Hi! I'm a nurse, and I know & agree that you are smart & that you and I are both human. Thank you for being helpful and for having my back! That said, when it comes to pain and pain meds, I have a request. If/when you decide to decrease the dose or frequency of a patient's pain medication (perhaps for the patient's safety, or maybe to get them home and recovering more quickly, or maybe because they haven't had a BM for 10 days,), could you give me a heads up, or better yet, have a little talk with the patient? I ask because if a patient is asking for, and getting, dilaudid every 2 hours, they're definitely going to notice when I can no longer do so. And if they're unhappy about this, they're going to take it out on me & maybe even fill out one of those patient satisfaction cards & say mean things about how I didn't do enough to control their pain, which, then management will feel obligated to have a big talk with me, and on and on. . . But if we can set some expectations, things tend to go more smoothly.

      And patients: if you tell me that your pain is not controlled, I will always always attempt to get you whatever the MD or the pain team determines is right and best. But I simply cannot give your pain medicine more frequently than I'm allowed to give it. Not if I want to keep my job. And if you are over-sedated, if your blood pressure and heart rate are unusually low for you, I will exercise my best judgment. This is not because I don't believe that you feel what you say you feel, this is a matter of safety. (I'm not in hospice, by the way, where the playing field is a little different.)

      Great article, by the way!

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      Thelma Alberts 14 months ago from Germany

      Wow! This went viral. Thanks for sharing this to us. I would have never known. Thumbs up for this insider knowledge of being a nurse and for writing this well. Well done!

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      Sandi 14 months ago

      Nursing is not for wimps. It is not about making money, or having a God complex. Nursing is a group of professionals trying to give you back the highest quality of life we can, even if you treat your body poorly. I love being a nurse, but there are days I want to hang up my stethoscope and call it quits. We work all sorts of long hours, without breaks, miss so many events such as holidays, birthdays, weddings and on and on, so we can take care of you and your family. I not only got through nursing school, I have to continually educate myself to keep up with what I need to know to look after you well. Next Thanksgiving or Christmas, as you sit around having a meal and enjoying your day, think of all those dedicated professionals who are spending 12 hours of the very same day, missing all of it to look after the sick and dying. Nurses give up a lot to do what they do and all we want is to see you all walking out the door and back to to living your life. Like you, we just want a little patience and understanding.

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      Kimberley Clarke 15 months ago from England

      Thank you for this - from a 1st year student nurse in the UK! I have much to learn, but hope to be a great nurse one day.

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      Cole Delavergne 15 months ago from Houston Texas

      X-Ray guy annoys me so much, he puts it up, takes a took at it and he knows if there is an issue but refuses to say. You then have to wait half an hour for a doctor to tell you what he's already knew. I understand that if you have cancer an X-Ray tech isn't ready to deal with that but it's still frustrating.

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      srsddn 15 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Kelly, it was a pleasure going through such an informative Hub. I will be sharing it with my wife who is into teaching nursing. I am sure it will then go to many of her students who will also benefit from your experiences. This is, perhpas, the first Hub I have come across having maximum nujmber of comments and many of these comments are like value addition to the theme of your Hub.

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      Lori Robinson 15 months ago

      Really enjoyed reading this article.... sister and mother-in-law are RNs. Sharing it now on social media!

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      Joyette Fabien 15 months ago from Dominica

      Wonderful hub! Thanks for sharing these secrets!

      I respect this Blessed profession!

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      smcopywrite 15 months ago from all over the web

      nursing falls in the category of over worked and underpaid for their services. unfortunately, most of the work for getting the patient well actually falls squarely in the lap of nurses.

      they are first on the scene responding to any emergency and nine times out of ten know the diagnosis before the doc does. thanks for anyone brave enough to venture into the field. there is always a need for great quality ones in any medical scenario. this is an excellent article on the common questions patients in the hospital ask. thanks for answering them honestly and in an understandable way.

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      Linda Robinson 15 months ago from Cicero, New York

      Wow Kelly I really enjoyed this hub, filled with so much information, that you would never expect. Very detailed and so well written and thorough. This is and excellent hub for everyone to read. Have to share it on face book and Twitter. So nice meeting you and look forward to following you. And to read more of your hubs. Linda

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      Lisa VanVorst 15 months ago from New Jersey

      A very informative hub. I have been in the hospital for myself and also for family members. I can say that all my hospital stays were great. Staff great and very friendly and helpful and food was good also. However, I was not a demanding patient, with demanding family members. I was also on the neurological unit. However, my mother-in-law has been in and out of hospitals several times, both for cardiac and pulmonary reasons. She has multiple issues and has COPD. All of her hospital stays were horrible. My husband, her son and primary care taker was very demanding (after all this is his mother), so staff were not so friendly and helpful and probably hated when he called them or visited with them with multiple questions. To my husband and her son, his mother was the only patient on the wing of importance. I work in a nursing home and I do understand HIPPA and patience with healthcare employees. So yes I do understand all this and that is why I was a good patient. It does not always go for the very sick patients with family members who just cannot accept the sickness of their loved one. Great Article.

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      Catherine Mostly 15 months ago from Seattle, WA - USA - The WORLD

      Thank you so much for this brutally-honest perspective. I have an aunt that is always suspicious of nurses. They simply cannot do enough for her, fast enough. I know a lot of us have that 'entitled patient' attitude; and it can be so hard to wait - and doesn't it seem like we wait forever, sometimes? Consider it motivation for trying to stay healthy to not end up in the hospital. :)

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      Carolyn 2 years ago from Northamptonshire

      Fantastic, and that's why I am not a nurse

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      Marcelle Bell 2 years ago

      Well done Hub! I spend 3 days/2 nights (on day/night in the ICU) after a craniotomy 18 months ago. I went through many nurses while I was there of varying experience levels and found this article very interesting and also was able to relate to some of what you had written here. Those nurses did work so hard and really helped me tremendously in starting my recovery. I took all that they said and advised me seriously and it helped me for my month-long recovery at home. Thank you for this very interesting and well-written Hub. Thumbs up!

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      Tammy64 2 years ago

      So many things I want to address, but those who are trashing nurses wouldn't understand....I don't know if it's ignorance or jealousy. Anyway. ...what happened to Sara....she talked trash and then ran.

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      I read these facts, and I can say that you are right. I prefer to don't go to hospital and to not know nurses better.

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      Jennifer 2 years ago

      I think articles like this are dangerous. As healthcare providers, we are supposed to make patients feel comfortable and less scared than they already are. I feel like this only perpetuates the fear of being in a hospital, even though these may be true.

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      colleen RN 2 years ago

      We have every right to think highly of ourselves...because we're DAMN amazing ;-)

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      Musu Bangura 2 years ago from Nation's Capital

      Realistic and informative. I had a nurse tell me results of a test that only the doctor was supposed to disclose. They felt comfortable enough to tell me because they felt it wasn't a big deal...which it wasn't but still!

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      infoweekly 2 years ago from South Africa

      Kinda scary but after knowing enough nurses I understand that this is all so true. Especially the last one so hard to keep germs under control in a hospital!

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      HollyC 2 years ago

      If anyone thinks nursing school is a breeze, I dare you to try it. Anyone who has been in nursing school or knows someone who has will tell you that its one of the most challenging things they've ever done; it sure as hell was for me!

      As for the whole "God complex" some of you think nurses have, you're WAY out of line and WAY wrong. Of course there are a few bad apples in every batch, as there are in any line of work, but most of us work our asses of for one simple reason: because we care. You think its easy going from attempting to revive a patient and watching them die to walking into other patients rooms and ask how they're feeling? It's a very hard job, but its also very rewarding. And only three days a week? Three shifts is equivalent to approximately 39 hours a week. And if your unit is understaffed like mine is, you pick up extra shifts, putting you at about 52 hours a week. The nurses I know are some of the most selfless people, so think twice before you go bashing a career you know NOTHING ABOUT!

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      yournamebitch 2 years ago

      Nothing wrong with using wikipedia except for uninformed people who know nothing about wikipedia.

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      Johnf143 3 years ago

      I really appreciate this post. I've been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You've made my day! Thanks again! ddbedkakbfba

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      Susan Bailey MSN RN-BC CLNC 3 years ago from Silver Spring, MD

      I do have one problem with the article. Patients with severe chronic pain may not display behaviors or act as others might with acute pain might act at a 10/10 rating. So telling a patient to adopt behaviors that make the nurse feel more comfortable with their rating is counterproductive and is exactly the opposite of what any nurse assessing a patient's pain should want. Because very often we can ferret out those who are putting on behaviors and your suggestion may inadvertently cause someone to be labeled a drug seeker vs. someone who is legitimately experiencing pain.

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      williamd 3 years ago

      I had a bad experience with 2 nurses after an operation . They did not introduce themselves , exposed my genitals for no reason,one nurse opened the bathroom door after she directed me to have a shower, she asked if I needed any help to have a shower. This nurse was definitely interested in gawking at my body. Nurses need to communicate with patients in a friendly manner something that was lacking while I was in hospital.

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      AngPow 3 years ago from North Cali

      I was browsing around Hub Pages and I am really glad that I found this Hub. I have such respect for nurses, who dedicate their lives to helping others. I have definitely come across a few who struck me as purely amazing. I related to so much of what was written here. I am a very hard stick as well, and I tend to avoid going to the doctor or even to the hospital in an emergency because it takes a little less than a million tries from different phlebotomists to stick and poke and fish and search for a vein, and they always joke with me, "How are you still alive with no veins in your body?" Last year, I was in the emergency room, being tortured by multiple nurses with their butterfly needles to no avail when finally, in walks an amazing woman who rolled in some sort of portable sonogram or ultrasound machine with her, she found a vein in my arm like it was nothing and she did it painlessly. I could not believe how good she was! I still can't. I thought of her as I read your hub, and I want to thank you for reminding me how precious a good nurse can be for somebody. Thanks again for sharing.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I accidentally entered my comment before I was through. The end of that dangling sentence should read, "...takes away from their competence at their jobs."

      The phenomenon to which I refer above is variously called "nurse bullying", "nurse abuse of other nurses and healthcare workers" and "harassment by nurses." It's also casually referred to as "nurses eat their young" because this bullying or harassment is most often directed toward newer nurses. It is a well-known practice in the hospital industry, but a well-kept secret from most patients and outsiders.

      It's difficult enough to work long hours and take care of sick patients without being subjected to bullying by other nurses who are acting like frat boys. Nurse bullying should never be tolerated, and--no matter how much experience a bullying nurse has, no matter what friends in high places, should be warned and, if the harassment continues, fired. Good, dedicated nurses who would never take part in such behavior should not stand by and watch it happen without reporting the perpetrator, either. There's a time to "get involved", and this is one of those times.

      Yes, there's a nursing shortage, but other nurses will successfully complete nursing school. Nurses who mistreat their colleagues should not be allowed to continue doing so. They bring shame on the honorable profession of nursing.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      One of my granddaughters is an infant ICU nurse. One cousin is a hospital nurse, as is a good friend. I know that each one of these nurses is a dedicated, hardworking individual intent on giving the best care possible to each of their patients. I also know that the majority of nurses have the best interests of their patients at heart. That's the main reason they work 12-hour shifts (some of them for five days straight), which is a grueling schedule. I have nothing but the highest respect for these nurses.

      But not all nurses fall into the "good nurse" category. There is one little secret that they (the "other ones") don't want patients or other hospital personnel--especially someone who could fire them) to know, but it's a big enough problem that it was featured in the healthcare professional's online journal, Medscape. It's the downright brutality of the way those "other" nurses treat any nurse or more lowly employee with whom they interact. Actually, some of these nurses may be competent at nursing practices. But their tendency to play hospital politics and "head games" that create stress and chaos among their colleagues

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      Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

      Brownie83: Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful hub. I myself am in the medical field, though I am not a nurse....I do understand the magitude of the stress, high intensity and hetic.chaos that goes on behind the drape. I appreciate nurses and when it gets bad...really bad to just try to keep smiling. Have a wonderful week.

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      Jai Warren 3 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      Just one hospital stay is all it took me to realize that nursing is one of the most difficult professions on earth. As a patient, have a little compassion for the scope of their job.

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      Shil1978 3 years ago

      Refreshing to read such great perspective. Well written and effective, thanks for sharing :)

      I do have tremendous respect for nurses. Yes, they are human too, wish more people realized that, but in a patient setting, I guess the expectation is that you are perfect.

      I am sure they don't get as much appreciation as they truly deserve!!

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Thank you for an informative, well-written, honest article on your profession. I appreciate your willingness to give us a glimpse into nursing that we often don't get to see! Sharing!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      My home state Kerala and our people called Malayalees hold a record for sending maximum number of nurses to different part of the glob. Most of them work in USA, UK and other European countries as well some Middle East countries. Their service is appreciated by all. This article is an excellent one. You have covered the topic so well with fine illustration and in a simple style. I would love to share it on FB. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      I always suspected that nurses knew more than they were allowed to tell. Next time a nurse refuses to answer my question and says she doesn't know, I'm gonna say, LIAR! I READ BROWNIE83'S HUB. Just kidding:)

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      lakshmivasuki 3 years ago

      Nice hub.i will follow you as well.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      This is a great hub. I agreed with a lot of the things that you wrote. I voted up and interesting. I am going to follow you as well.

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      April Garner 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      This is a very well-written article with an honest inside look at the nurses profession. I have only been admitted to the hospital twice - to give birth - and I had some great nurses with nice, calm, professional, friendly attitudes. One missed my vein with the IV a few times, but that kind of thing doesn't bother me that much. I mess stuff up too sometimes, and nurses are human. Again, I love the honesty and humility of this article. It's something we could use a little more of in the world.

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      Ilona 3 years ago from Ohio

      People need to know as much information about their medical care as possible, good to hear from the nurses point of view.

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      AdamsGil 3 years ago

      Wow, just awesome. I will take care of such things.

      But not all of them are same. There's a proverb a bad fish spoils the whole pond.

      So, we can't blame the whole profession.

      But overall it was an informative and much useful article, voted up!

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      Missy Mac 3 years ago from Illinois

      Recently, I was admitted into the ER for a terrible reaction to ACE Inhibitor Enalapril. Your article piqued my interest, because I found my nurse informative. Great points to remember in this hub.

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      cjarosz 3 years ago

      Wow, this. Is crazy. While most of these are common sense. Some peoples don't really take the time to understand your job. Thinking that you are there make them miserable

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      BristolBoy 3 years ago from Bristol

      As the partner of a nurse, I can safely say most of this applies to UK nurses as well so it appears it is applicable globally!

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      Voice of experience 3 years ago

      Lauren you are an example of what makes patients with Acute on Chronic pain refuse to be hospitalized. The desire to avoid killing your patient sounds noble but, your reasons you would not give a scheduled dose of med at the time it is due lacks understanding. I suspect you are so focused on thinking your patient on chronic narcotic pain management is drug seeking that you miss the most significant signs indicating a problem. Take a few classes on assessment of acute pain management for patients with chronic pain issues then your patients will appreciate you which is far more important than thinking your doctors know you so well

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Congratulations on your success with this going viral! This is a great hub and I can see why it is so popular and well read. It is because it is well written and from your viewpoint. I have been fortunate to have always had professional nurses who knew their job well. I have never run into a bad one and I am in the ER frequently with angioedema attacks. So, thank you for your tireless work and sunny disposition and no one is perfect on the job - some of us understand that!

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      passion77 3 years ago

      I am a nurse.... it is not my profession but who I am. Are we all not nurses at some point in our lives? Whether we hold a degree or "nurse" our dying father, we all our nurses!

      Coming from a lower class family, I have seen my share of struggles. My father doing an extremely physical job at a factory and my mother working long greuling hours as a nurses assistant, I was brought up with morals and values. I never heard my mother complain because she wasn't able to enjoy a holiday dinner with her family but she always reminded me when she walked out the door to remember those who are experiencing very difficult situations. When I looked into her eyes I knew I wanted that same compassion I saw within her.

      As with any other profession, nursing has its pros and cons. I do not feel that my life as a practicing RN is any more difficult than any other (you couldn't pay me enough to be a checker at walmart) but in this profession mistakes can be fatal and that is a huge responsibility. Also with every other profession, there are always some who can reflect negatively on the profession.

      I enjoyed, laughed and was able to relate to this. I believe the author was attempting to shine a comical light on the nursing field.

      Truthfully patients & families do not always understand what all is going on behind the scenes, the calls made to get pain medicaton increased so the patient is comfortable, contacting pastoral services to consult with the 25 year old breast cancer patient who has just been told that she is terminal and only has a short amount of time left, we are constantly prioritizing what has to be handled first and attempting to ensure all 8 of our patients know that we are working diligently to give them the best care possible. There will be a time when all nurses seem to be just going through the routine and completing task but I assure you we don't stay that way long because in this line of work we are faced with very heart wrenching and humblevus very quickly.

      I will apologize to all that have had bad medical experience and I hope that you are someday given the opportunity for a nurse to touch your life and are able to change you opinion.

      As I nurse I am blessed to be given the chance to make an impact on the life of others everyday. My goal is always to make friends with my patients, because when they know I care they are more likely to forgive me for my short comings.

      I chose to be a nurse and there isn't a day I regret it (even on the days that are completely mentally and physically taxing, that doesn't mean I don't complain from time to time..... we all do!!!!

      Think about it!?

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      So wonderful to know all of this from the horse's mouth. You seem to be a serious and dedicated nurse. Down here in South Africa we have dedicated and professional nurses working in private hospitals, but in the provincial (state) hospitals we have the chimpanzee-nurses with no compassion and empathy, working like creepy-crawlies. You can die behind their back while they're BUSY doing their job with the patient who happens to be next on their agenda. My friend was seriously injured in a car crash and landed in the nearest provincial hospital. They didn't bath her, they didn't try to make her comfortable, the let her lie in her own urine for hours.... Sorry, I should not use your excellent hub to rant about the poor hospital care in my neck of the woods. I should write my own rant, including my own sad story.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      This is useful and respected firsthand information from you, Brown83, and I hope it continues to be viral. Congratuations on your baby as well! Rated Up and more.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I had to come see this viral hub. It's neat to read the inside scoop from your perspective. I've worked with a lot of nurses and have a great appreciation for them. Good job on the hub and congrats on its success! Congrats on the baby, too! :-)

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Congratulations, on your hub going viral. I'm so glad for you. I once had an emergency nurse tell me to stand up for myself with doctors and nurses because I had a long haul ahead of me and I was going meet some medical personal I would not be happy with. She was right and I did use her advice not only for me but for family members.

      Voted up on your hub but it looks like you don’t need my vote. Great hub.

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      Chuck Nugent 3 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Congratulations on your Hub going viral.

      However, it is not difficult to see why it was so popular. It is a well written and very informative Hub on a topic that is of concern to many. You did a great job and deserve the success this Hub has had.

      Keep up the good work both as a Hubber and in your regular job as a nurse.

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      John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Mister Hollywood likes what you have here.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Thank you for all the valuable advice. I hope I'll never need it again, but it will help me be more patient if I do.

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      2013 was a bad year for us. I had knee-replacement surgery, and before I could fully recover, my husband's condition deteriorated, and he spent 3 months of the summer in the hospital more than he was out! It was a rough go, but sitting there with him, getting to know the nurses on each shift; which ones were persnickity and hard to deal with, and which ones bent over backwards to ensure patient well-being, I was able to help out with many things that saved the nurses from constant call-backs to his room (usually for urinal use--a frequent interruption for a patient on Lasix...and bedridden as a fall risk.) He had so many blood draws that they collapsed his veins, and he had to have a central line put in; it was the primary nurse who made that call.

      We have a dear friend who is a home-visit nurse, and I am constantly in awe of her knowledge of procedures and medications once thought the exclusive province of doctors.

      I am very interested in the medical field, and can 'speak the language' to some extent, but I did not pursue a career there for two reasons: I am totally inept a math, and I don't have it in me to stab anyone with a needle.

      But my hat is off to nurses and what they have to deal with daily.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, shared and pinned.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Congratulations, Brownie83! I just read about this viral Hub of yours, in the news article posted by Christy, on our Hub Community site. I enjoyed the interview and am happy for you.

      What a nice thing to happen just in time to welcome your precious daughter!$$$$

      Great hub of course....and I know it's all very accurate. I have a sort of "inside track" on nurses. I hold nurses and teachers in high regard.

      Best of everything to you and hubby as you begin your parenting journey!.........UP+++

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      MD 3 years ago

      I wish the nurses would stop putting down the MDs to make their position more important. I understand we (MDs) make mistakes and we really do NEED our nurses but this whole status thing will not get better with comments such as, "If you read an MDs report you would shut your mouth." Come on now, medical school is known as one of the hardest programs to go through and we work very hard. On top of a bachelors we go through a very rigorous 4 year program along with extremely difficult board exams. Nurses are so crucial to the healthcare profession so everyone who is saying negative comments need some education on the healthcare system. My point is- MDs and nurses we work together. Nurses make mistakes on a regular basis that MDs correct and vice versa. No need for putting down the MDs though. That really upsets me to see those posts.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      After having read your hub, I understand why your article was so popular. The title alone grabbed my attention. My nursing days are long past, but some of your information rang a bell. Congratulations on your outstanding work.

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I spent a lot of time in hospitals as a child, and only wish I had nurses that were as sensitive and honest as you. I do truly believe many of you are psychic about the needs of your patients, and know for sure you don't get the respect you deserve from doctors.

      The last time I was hospitalized I had a nurse that scared me so badly that I felt like I was in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. My doctor would not accept my insurance for my surgery, so I got one from the same practice who I didn't really like. To add insult to injury, he called in another specialist to attend the surgery, as it was the first time it was performed in the hospital. All that was happening as the OR nurse was arguing with the Dr. about that as I was being wheeled in for the surgery.

      I awoke to the Nurse from Hell, and was in terrible pain. She wouldn't do anything for me. I finally called the Dr. at home to ask what was going on, and he told her she could give me morphine. But she kept letting my IV get empty and stabbing me every time she needed a vein, and was so incompetent I was afraid to take the pain meds, and stayed up most of the night.

      Later on I heard the voice of a sweet, Jamaican nurse. I knew at once I was safe again, just by her voice and her touch. She gave me something to help me sleep, and after that I got discharged the next day. Most of you are angels like her.

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      Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I can only add one thing to this wonderful article. I was a 'lab technician' (M.T. A.S.C.P) for 38 years and it still amazes me how tight nurses will make the tourniquet before attempting to draw blood. The first photo in this hub makes me cringe.

      The purpose of a tourniquet in phlebotomy is to DISTEND the vein, NOT cut off the flow of blood. This is one of the biggest reasons for the lab to be giving you "erroneous" results.

      Backed up veins start hemolyzing blood and building up excess potassium and glucose. They also quickly go 'flat' and you can't get blood out of a stopped up vein.

      Please spread the word, and thanks for this really excellent hub on nursing!

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      Noor 3 years ago

      Anyone who says that following the doctor's orders is the name of the game is lying about being a nurse. Clearly, you know nothing about this profession.

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      ERnurse08 3 years ago

      To the author of this article, it was spot on! To those with criticisms, either you haven't ever been in the healthcare profession, or you really haven't been exposed to the inpatient aspect of nursing personally. To say that it's an easy junior college degree is quite distasteful. You won't find any other program that has the same grading scale as nursing (most programs you have to pass with an 80% or higher) and you learn 10+ chapters weekly to take your weekly test. And the hardest part about nursing tests??? All the answers can be right, but which one is the best?? Nursing isn't a profession that's printed in black and white, it's a whole lot of gray. You have to understand how a normal body is supposed to function and how it functions and compensates otherwise to disease processes.

      Shit could hit the fan in the blink of an eye for a patient. That's why nursing is an art, and it is a skill that needs strengthening constantly. Nurses have to continually connect the dots to a much bigger picture that is running behind the scenes. We have to constantly assess patients and continually question, why and what. Whether it be the reason for the symptoms, the diagnosis, the reasons for the medications prescribed. And the thing is, nurses continually have their asses on the line when they are working. One wrong medication, one wrong turn, one time you don't question the doctor, it's the nurses arse. And do we think our job is more important than others? Heck no!! My dad is a retired electrician, and I'm saying, regardless of what we do in life, we all have a profound purpose of making others' lives safer, better, and, at times more tolerable. So the next time any of you critics want to get your panties in a wad, remember this, the most humbling moments in life are at times of humiliation. And as a nurse myself, patients who come in, I don't judge them, cuz it could be me someday that needs that help, and I'd hope that I too would be treated the same as I treat my patients.

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      DoctorSuckit 3 years ago

      There are only two things a nurse needs to be good at - wearing a tight little outfit and making the doctor a good scotch and soda when HE asks for it.

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      Kelly (Brown) Wagner 3 years ago from Arvada, Colorado

      I still can't believe how popular my hub has become. Thank you for all the comments (and criticisms) alike. I wasn't aware of my popularity until just a few days ago, here's a link to an interview I recently answered for Hubpages that may provide more insight into the article.

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      mdc 3 years ago

      I am a nurse but not in acute care so much of this article doesn't apply to me. ER nurses I have known frequently refer to themselves as "lifesavers." But the nurse to champion recovery or comfort the family of a dying loved one shouldn't be valued less because we don't do as many tasky things like blindfolded IV starts. Nursing is more than tasks and skills. It is about recognizing the potential that docs can make mistakes, advocating for patients and trying to smile through internal tears because it can be one if the absolutely most thankless jobs. Everyone wants to say they have it bad. I don't. I want people at large to realize that just because I chose this career doesn't mean I chose to be subservient to every other member of the interdisciplinary care team. where I work, I am "below" charge nurses, supervisors, managers and doctors while also viewed as secondary to PT, OT and ST. Even recreation therapists have walked into rooms while I was talking to/assessing a patient and I had to ask them to leave because she interrupted without apology to talk with my patient. there is little respect for the profession which is opposite of my impression of nursing prior to actually becoming one and this really saddens me.

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      Emsibob 3 years ago

      I'm not a trained nurse, nor had the intention of going into nursing until recently. However during my training the amount of people that have said to me "I couldn't do the job that you're training to do, it takes a certain strong person to do what you do" and "you nurses are too underpaid to be doing the work that you do" is countless. I don't deny there are jobs out there that are easier and those that are harder, but I must agree that nursing is up there as one of the most physically, socially and mentally challenging occupations. How many jobs are out there that have to deal with people's genitalia on daily basis, have a duty to care to act to save a life, deal with patients' most intimate details, and see people dying and in distress on daily basis. AND THIS COULD JUST BE YOUR SHIFT ON CHRISTMAS DAY?!?

      Nurses are essentially knowledgeable mothers who give that emotional, physical and educational support needed until the patient gets into the swing of things. Then the patient - in good circumstances - can do without nurses, and thrive independently.

      Also believe me when I say that there has been plenty of opportunities to put me off the profession. For instance tackling full time hours in placement, with several essays due, whilst feeling emotionally drained because the first patient you met on placement suddenly passed away, trying to make ends meet with a part-time job AND live some sort of life. Nursing does eventually become a way of life - more than just a job. Now I am just beginning to realise this.

      Being scared of this concept I have often considered an 'easier' occupational path in which I could just stay in my part-time job and work my way up - which has been offered. To add to this I would be making more than I would as a nurse!

      Crazy? I know!

      Nevertheless my nurse training has made me a stronger person, and that can only come from pushing yourself so much that things start to feel less of an effort. It has made me realise at the end of the day your loved ones are all that matter, even though you may not realise at this moment in time. Becoming a nurse would make me feel a more worthy person because if I could help save but 1 life, I know there will be a friend or family member so thankful for having them back again. And if I can make just 1 palliative patient comfortable and dying according to their wishes, then there is one less person dying in less appropriate circumstances. Yes - I will not always be able to produce the best possible outcomes for patients, but if it's within my capabilities I'd be damn sure that I did whatever it takes!!

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      Daisy 3 years ago

      I have been an RN for over 30 years and the director of a surgical department for 15 years. I can tell you how important nurses are. I depend on fellow nurses to keep the department running smoothly. The doctors depend on nurses to make sure the patient is taken care of, and the patients depend on nurses to help them be comfortable. I have met some of the most amazing people in this world in the form of nurses. I have been in this business for 30 years and I have noticed that the newer nurses feel like they are superior to the rest of the staff. I agree that nursing is hard, but so are so many other professions. It's okay to question the orders of a doctor, but to think you know better? Nursing school was hard, but it was only two years, try going to a nursing school on steroids for four years and then spending a few more years specializing. Call me old fashioned but I like being appreciated for the work I do without calling attention to it. I think it's ridiculous that some of the nurses who commented on here talk about how much harder their job is than other peoples.

      Almost everyone with a successful career has had to work hard to get there. The engineers who built the MRI machines? The administrators who take to distressed family members and have to address any and all the mistakes that clinicians make? My point is there are a lot of people who work hard in order for a hospital to function. Nurses are just a part of a very hard working system. They shouldn't feel like they are better than the administrators, doctors, or technicians because the hospital wouldn't run without having every give 100% all the time.

      Great article though. However you should have titled it "10 Things Nurses Want You To Know".

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      Carol 3 years ago

      30 years in nursing...I don't care what your number on the pain scale is...If it's ordered, you'll get it...Your "10" could be my "1", and your "1", could equal to my "10" If you're falling asleep while I'm giving you your probably won't get the full's a "I'll see how this does". Also....if I don't feel the pain medication is effective I WILL call the Doc. This is an excellent article and as for Sarah....Had a bad experience, couldn't get into nursing school, or thought it was "a quick way to get money", and flunked.

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      Medic 5150 3 years ago

      Nurses start lines like children tie shoes, technically it's a knot but mine sure looks nicer. I've never seen another Medic ask a nurse for help dropping a line but I've seen plenty of Really Nothings ask us for help.

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      Ryan 3 years ago

      What's the big issue with administering me another shot of Dilaudid (hydromorphone) if I'm in pain and the injection you gave me an hour ago has wore off? (which is very likely considering the incredibly short half-life of Dilaudid) Would you rather I ask for some IV oxymorphone (Opana) or possibly some IV fentanyl? Just as stated above, when a patient is in pain - a patient is in pain. Sure, their vitals and stats may be the same as a healthy patient who isn't currently in pain but that doesn't make a difference. Every patient feels, exhibits and reacts to pain differently. Who are you to decide that a patients' stated pain level is exaggerated? Just continue doing your due diligence as a healthcare employee and keep ensuring that your patient is stable, in the best conditions available and possible and as comfortable as humanly possible. I don't understand why the nurses commenting on here seem to have an overwhelming issue with narcotics. Narcotic, pain killing medications are some of the most wonderful things ever to exist. All you have to do is do your job and do it well, and there won't be any overdosing patient issues. But for god-sakes don't take it upon yourself to play God and decide that a patient has had enough when they are clearly telling you they are still in pain. You have no way to feel how they are feeling. Compassion is not only in our nature as human beings - it's in your freakin' job description.

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      Gretchen 3 years ago

      to ButDoctorHatesPink re:#4--most physicians, surgeons included have some standard sets of orders including orders for pain medicine. It's more than likely that your surgeon writes the same orders for each patient who undergoes a similar surgery. For example, morphine 2 mg IV every 2 hours as needed for mild pain, morphine 4 mg IV every 2 hours as needed for moderate pain, etc.

      It allows for different situations and decreases calls to the doctor for more orders. Every patient's pain is different than another patient. It is highly unlikely that the orders for pain meds don't include the words AS NEEDED. We'd be pretty stupid nurses if we automatically brought you and everyone else morphine every 2 hours. It's not going to happen, and it's not how the doctor intends it. He/she is not going to "know" that you will automatically need that exact dose at that exact frequency. You do have the right to know how the meds are ordered. If they aren't working, we'll be talking to the doctor to see what else we can do, treating pain is a work in progress.

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      Charley Johnson,RN 3 years ago

      This is one of the best and well written "lists" I have ever read. Having recently retired and worked as an RN for 43 years I can attest to and emphasize with everything written. Remember, if any of you have any negative thoughts or complaints about those who care for you, we are human with faults like anyone else.

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      Gretchen 3 years ago

      Seems like a somewhat silly article to me. It's one nurse's perspective but stated as fact. I'm a long time RN (ICU,ED). I do have two comments:

      1. Stop bashing Wikipedia, it is quite accurate. I'm sure there are occasional inaccuracies but I've never come across any

      2. Please learn grammar, punctuation and spelling before you write again.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Brownie, you've had a lot of great traffic to this article the past few days. Are you aware of how many people are reading and sharing this?

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      catrina 3 years ago

      Interesting to use wiki technology for the illustrations

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      Tony 3 years ago

      In regards to pain, patients do not know the difference between Emotional Pain and Physical pain. Many times patient will use pain medication to "forget" about the emotional pain they are dealing with. It's the nurses responsibility to educate them of the difference.

      Also in regards to know what the test results are, we do know them, however, we are not allowed to discuses them with the patient, that is the doctors job..

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      Denver 3 years ago

      so it's come down to peeing? Yeahhhh, just not a valid comment. If any person can't take a turn into a bathroom at any given moment (especially when there are bathrooms every 15 steps) then sorry, there is something wrong with that person's head. Ridiculous!

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      We need change 3 years ago

      Embarrassed, you missed the point of the article and your comments make you sound like you are detached from reality.

      As for not having breaks and time to pee...this makes me very unhappy. As a nursing student about to graduate this year, I have experienced this many times myself and it seems to be nursing culture to accept these working conditions. Yes I agree that nursing is a calling but it is also a job. Other professions get to have breaks and use the bathroom because this is 2013 and most people refuse to work for slave drivers nowadays. Nurses, patients, and the public need to lobby the government and hospital corporations to ensure that there are enough resources (human and otherwise) available, so that even when things are super busy, everyone has a chance to pee. We don't allow our patients to go 12 hours without voiding because we know it's physiologically horrible for the urinary system, so why do we allow it in our own bodies? It's time to advocate for safety, for our patients and ourselves, and demand the proper resources to do the job effectively while still having the rest periods that are supposed to be regulated by law.

      Ps, I'm not saying other professions take their breaks all the time either. I'm just referring to the acceptance of it into nursing culture that seems to say it's okay if we don't use the bathroom all day, as long as our patients are safe. We need to look at the big picture here. As a person I would rather have the system managed properly so my nurse can pee before he/she comes in to start my iv. As a nursing student, I have had many health problems related to stress, migraines, back pain, anxiety, depression. And of course UT IS from holding pee for 12 hours. I didn't have any of these issues when doing other jobs because those employers provided proper working conditions. I could listen to the people who say "well leave nursing if you don't like it", or I can be a part of the change that is greatly needed. I think I'll choose the latter option because it's what the nursing profession needs and because in the long run it will add up to healthier nurses and happier patients. Research has already proved this, we just need to catch up.

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      icurn 3 years ago

      It is bull that pain is what the patient says it is patients lie and its not a power trip to refuse pain meds to patients who are clearly over medicated just because some ding dong with an MD wrote for it and I thought I was a health care provider too but clearly I am JUST the nurse my bad

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      David RN 3 years ago

      ButDoctorIHatePink: I respectfully disagree with most of what you have said. You are entitled to feel this way though. Most of us that have many years of practical experience can break the diseases we deal with daily down to the cellular level. In many cases the doctors that you seem to think are almighty, ask US what an appropriate treatment is or what WE think is going on. As far as pain meds go...There are times when it's inappropriate to give them even though they are ordered. I would take an AN rn with a ton of practical experience over most docs any day. Sounds like you were at a really crappy hospital. For you to say we don't understand these diseases on a cellular level is ridiculous. What do you think our disease pathophysiology course was for??? Because you have been ill and in a hospital numerous times does not make you an expert on our profession. At least no more than eating at a 5 star restaurant makes me a top chef.

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      Fran 3 years ago

      Great Article.

      Some of the comments are disturbing. Sometimes I wonder if we nurses have an inferiority complex and lash out at each other in place of a more productive alternative

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      Bea 3 years ago

      Great article. Title doesn't do it justice though.

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      Kathy 3 years ago

      My husband had a heart attack and 6 bypasses done. He says you can tell if they are in the nursing field because they really care or if they are in it for the money, just by their touch

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      Carol 3 years ago

      Good article. I have been in many hospitals for many surgeries and agree with Lauren about nurses on power trips with pain meds. I've have some good nurses and some bad and very bad nurses with attitudes with pain meds. Some of the worst were in Doctor's Hospital in Dallas TX

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      Nurse aide2004 3 years ago

      Very nice article! Hit pretty much dead on. Every nurse is different and does things in there own way. Why complain about a good article just because that's not how you nurse. As long as we are treating our patients in the best possible way we can, keep up the great work.

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      Jess 3 years ago

      I am currently a nursing student. Before coming to school I've had no experience taking care of patients. For our first clinical a partner and I were assigned to take care of one patient for 4 hours in the morning. That's it, two student nurses taking care of 1 patient for only 4 hours. You would think it would have been easy. But let me tell you, it was exhausting!! It really gave me a new perspective on all the tasks real nurse have to juggle every day!! I'm still excited to graduate and take on more responsibility and a nurse. And I can't wait till I'm experienced enough to feel confident in taking care of multiple patients at once.

      My point is for someone who isn't accustomed to taking care of patients and the daily life struggle of a nurse its very overwhelming. I'm sorry to all the commenters who've had a bad experience. I think it is very important for everyone to understand how difficult it is for nurses. I don't say this to boost myself, because as mentioned before I am not a nurse. But I did take on some of the responsibilities of one, with help for only 4 hours and that little experience gave me some incredible insight to the daily life of nurses.

      To any nurses reading this comment, thanks for all you do. Even though you're patient may not show it, somewhere deep down they are grateful for the kind and compassionate care you provide. I'm excited to join your ranks once I graduate.

      P.S Nursing school is not easy! This is my finals week and I'm dying! I have 4 finals so wish me luck everyone!! And Happy Holidays!

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      ButDoctorIHatePink 3 years ago

      I have end-stage cancer, so I have a lot of experience with nurses. Most are great. But it seems that every hospitalization, every few shifts, and sometimes the entire culture of specific hospitals bad nursing.

      These nurses - not ALL nurses - but the bad ones:

      1. They are always on a bad streak and don't care. I am easy - you can stick me over and over. I cooperate with your requests. But some deliberately refuse to help and will watch you struggle. I saw a nurse watch me immediately post-mastectomy when I was trying to put my contacts in and couldn't reach them since my arms didn't work. She stood in the corner of the room and wouldn't even get them for me. Not her job. Fluff a pillow? Nope. Chart badly? Yes. Ignore medication? Absolutely.

      2. I've seen nurses ignore patients to the point when a woman, right next to the nurses station, call "help, help" and they wouldn't come. (This was in Carson City) We, farther away could hear it. The housekeeping lady in our room stated, "oh, the nurses don't come for yells, they only come when the button is pushed" which meant it was hospital culture. And SHE didn't go check. My husband finally got up to go to the room to see (so much for HIPPA) and it was an elderly lady who had fallen out of bed. He went to the nurses station to let them know, and they were all sitting there, chatting with each other. They clearly had heard the cry for help, and had clearly ignored it.

      3. It isn't he nurses who do the hard work, it is the LVNs or Aides, in many cases. I have had hospital stays where I didn't see my nurse an entire shift, although they were supposed to sign the whiteboard once per hour. They would come in and do it at shift change.

      4. Pain meds: if my doctor prescribes something every 2 hours, I want it every two hours, no matter what my pain level might be. There is a reason for that - controlling pain is a lot easier than getting it under control. If I tell you my pain level is a 3, than you are not going to get me my pain meds on time. If I tell you it's a 10, you will. Catch 22, if you don't get it to me on time, a 3 will become a 10. So you created this situation yourself. The doctor orders pain meds, not you. I had a liver resection and Day 1, a nurse announced he wanted to put me on oral meds, although I was supposed to get morphine and was NPR. Why? he didn't want to come to my room every hour. This is why every patient needs an advocate - a talk to the floor nurse by my relative took care of that and I never saw him again.

      5. I ended up getting c-diff after a hospital stay. I went septic and they almost took my colon. Somebody didn't wash something. But when I was IN THE HOSPITAL for c-diff, people came in and didn't wash. Not the nurses fault, because they always did. But they didn't want to come to my room because of the time it took to glove and gown up and wash up after, and had the hospital been on board with procedures, none of that would have been necessary.

      6. I am NOT "the metastatic in room 2a" and yes, am insulted if you refer to me that way. If you can't remember my name, which I understand, how about "the woman in 2A" or "the patient in 2a." Referring to me by my disease or even just room number demeans me. I am a human being. I suppose I could call you the "scrubs that came to my room."

      7. You are not a doctor. If a doctor prescribes a medication, you should make it available, not decide it isn't needed. (It's happened to me more than once) You should not lie on the chart, saying I got something when I didn't. Yes, that too, has happened. You should not pretend like you have ten years disease knowledge when you don't, although you may have practical knowledge, it is not the same as understanding cellular structure and all the things doctors learn. If you don't want a doctor to tell you how to do your job, don't be a nurse because you don't know better. So, please do NOT tell us what you think you know about our condition because you don't have the knowledge to put it into context. If I want to hear my cancer has spread to another organ, I want my oncologist to tell me, not a nurse who barely knows what chemo meds do.

      Do I like nurses? Yes. A nurse can make or break your hospital stay. Whatever care a doctor prescribes, it is the nurse who sees that it is carried out. I have had many wonderful nurses. I give gifts for all my nurses, whom I adore. They like me back because I am easy and do everything they ask and my one bad trait is to ask for my pain meds on time due to my knowledge that it is easier to get behind the pain that way. But because your job is so important, patients remember the bad nurses, because it leaves a HUGE impression on us when you do something cruel. I'm not talking a mistake, I'm talking about actual meanness, which I have seen.

      So when you see somebody else in your profession who is incompetent and uncaring - please do something about it.

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      Suzi 3 years ago

      My son is an ER nurse and says one of his biggest frustrations is when people don't know what medications they take. I wrote mine down and tucked the paper in my wallet. You never know whether you'll need that info and I sure wouldn't want a bad reaction from a med that didn't interact with what I'm already taking. This person sounds like a wonderful nurse.

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      judy wall 3 years ago

      I have always appreciated the nurses. They work hard and for long hrs. They have to deal with a lot of unhappy people. I have always found them helpful and caring.

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      denver young 3 years ago

      Hahaha, exactly Oobacon!! I've seen that occur often. They should try being a youth counselor, yahoo. And some places pay only 10/hr for that thankless job. All jobs suck sometimes, nurses should quit pretending to be 'above it all' and be more attentive to patients. Yes, even nursing can be difficult on those days when there is no time to play candy crush, suck it up and deal!

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      Oobacon 3 years ago

      The nurses I work with are very good at candy crush and angry birds.

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      denver young 3 years ago

      There are the above type of people that employees have to deal with on EVERY job. Why are nurse's and teacher's the only ones that think they deal with difficult, confused, sick children/people... And those same people usually get paid no more that 12.00 per hour. tsk tsk tsk

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      Kat RN 3 years ago

      Sarcasm... A nurses natural defense in dealing with stupid, uneducated, unruly, ignorant, demanding, disrespectful, or other adjectives... But never a part of our customer service, no matter how badly we want... PROFESSIONALISM, PRIDE, AND A PROMISE that "karma" wins.

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      agilitymach 3 years ago

      I saw this on my FB feed a few times, so I decided to drop in. Excellent hub!!! Congrats on going viral!!!!

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      Michele 3 years ago

      We should all be acting like the professionals that we are licensed to be and just read the article and give a respectful opinion. This is not Facebook . For those of you who decided to be rude, I can only imagine what you are like to our patients and therefore would never want you to take care of anyone in my family.

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      nurse 3 years ago

      Thought the article was great, but seriously what a lot of comments and reactions. I feel the reactions show what an exhausting profession nursing can be. Healthcare professionals are human. The demands placed on all care providers, often expect superhuman traits. I've experienced so many things over the years; some terrible, some great but many that have lasting emotional pulls and others not.

      Good article that provides an honest glimpse of a day in the life. As for myself, some days I meet or exceed the expectations. Others I fall a bit short. Most of us try, otherwise we wouldn't stay in the profession.

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      Another Lab Tech 3 years ago

      As a Lab Tech, I'm obviously not a nurse, and I appreciate articles like this because I think understanding the jobs of each health care teammate creates a much better working environment and usually results in better patient care.

      As a patient and a fellow medical worker, I wish communication was better. As a patient waiting in the ER to be seen by even a nurse for 3 hours (after waiting hours to be brought into the ER, when I can see/hear them sitting in the nursing station talking about skiing this weekend), it is VERY frustrating. If I knew that there was a situation (perhaps the Dr. wasn't currently in the ER or was tied up in the trauma room...etc) then it would hugely help with anxiety levels. Instead of telling everyone your weekend plans, tell your patient why it will take longer than usual. I also get lots of patients complaining about their nurses not attending to them, and a little communication would go a long way (our hospital has an intercom system where the nurse can tell the patient that he/she is on their way, or say I'll be there in 10 minutes.) Same goes for when you called for STAT bloodwork on a patient, and we arrive to find IVs running in both arms, but when we ask you to shut it off, you are in the middle of charting and we have to wait 10 minutes for you to come shut it off for us.

      I must also say that there are a LOT of great nurses, and I think your job is very demanding a lot of the time. I do think it is a profession that people need to be well suited for, and I am glad there are people out there like you. And even though your job is demanding, there are a lot of nurses (at least that I work with), who think their job is more demanding/difficult than others. I think we all have difficulties in our job. For me, it is working night shift as the one and only Lab staff....that means drawing fixing incorrectly ordered blood work in the computers, running to the floors to draw blood, being hit or spit at by the same confused patient that hit/spit at you earlier in the day, processing samples when I return to the lab, fixing broken analyzers, matching blood to patients for transfusions, packaging up blood products for the Paramedics to take while transferring patients. I have gone many of nights with zero breaks for bathroom or food (and we don't get to keep water bottles on our benches like most nursing stations do.)

      I just wish that we could all work together and realize that we are all doing our best (and actually try to do our best to make each other's jobs easier.) If you call with an order for a routine ECG order on a patient at 9:00PM and we ask if it can be done in the morning, it isn't because we are lazy and don't want to do it. It is because we can't understand why an ECG would be "routine" at that time of day, and we have 15 other things going on at that time.

      Again, I like reading these articles, because it really helps me understand why some of the situations I come across in my day-to-day work happen. We all need a little more understanding and patience with each other.

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      denver 3 years ago

      I've had a few hospital stays, I sure don't come across many compassionate, caring nurses. Too often they are busy 'having coffee' and gossiping, eating, knitting, etc. They knew the wages/hours going in to nursing, they knew the duties nursing entails. Nurses are human, they get up on the wrong side of the bed, they judge, they put their foot in mouth too, they can be rude and impatient. Not sure for anyone else but my experience has been with the type of nurse's just mentioned...blah. They aren't that special and yes, I agree, they usually complain...A lot!

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      tricia 3 years ago

      there are many other nursing jobs out there that require more than 3 days a week. I miss my hospital days and they were easier than my current job. I currently work as a hospice nurse where I can't leave for the day until someone's loved one is comfortable and I miss many dinners with my family. Being a Hospice nurse is very rewarding and its not about the money.

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      ethel1 3 years ago

      Oh how fast we are to judge others when we sometimes have no ideal what is going on. Please people nurses are the Dr. right hands....yes Dr. are supposed to be smarter but they are not GOD. We all make mistakes,but the NURSES are the ones that catches the mistakes most of the time and corrects them. Let give praise where needed. There is always a bad apple in a carton,but not all apples are bad. We have a lot of good workers in every workplace then we also have to work harder to overcome the bad ones. God put us all here for a reason,lets be thankful and try to respect one another. Some jobs require more training than others and people do grudge when others get same pay without working for it,which we all know is not right. I have seen a lot of bad things happen in my life. Many death, suffering and also tears of joy.Just be thankful you're alive, have a place to sleep and food to eat..... so many people don't.

      May God Bless each one of you and yes NURSES are my HEROES.

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      Snowman1 3 years ago

      Julie Blue, if you ARE a nurse and you DO only follow doctors orders you are dangerous and need to get out of the profession!

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      Rich 3 years ago

      I was one of those Nurses that could find a vein on anyone. My co-workers hated when I retired! Pts that were frequent fliers would ask for me by name to start their IV or draw blood. Retired 4 yrs now and loving it!!

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      Whit 3 years ago

      Wow @ Sarah. I am an MST in an ICU; however, my job is to help nursing staff with the patients, and yes, their job is harder than most anyone else. Three days a week, yes, but those 12 hour shifts, on your feet most, if not all, that amount of time, trying to save lives, is crucial. It isn't just ICU professionals, that goes for any medical professional. I do not sit down when I walk in the door. I am constantly moving, caring for, and helping patients, and that is when I am not stocking the floor and making sure it is clean and presentable for visitors and/or administration and/or JHACO. Most nurses refuse to take a lunch because they are worried about getting the patients the care they need. They do not want to fall behind. Do not say nurses do not work harder than anyone else, or that nursing school is easy. It is FAR from easy, and I know many who have failed. You best remember that nurses are YOUR advocate, the PATIENTS go to between everyone else. That nurse KNOWS everything, SEES everything, and will SUGGEST plan of care to most physicians to assure that you receive the best. If you haven't walked a mile in their shoes, you have no room to judge, i.e. shut your damn mouth, I don't want to catch your ignorance.

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      Susan 3 years ago

      This was a very educating article. Sarah you obviously have never worked or watched a nurse work. You are totally ignorant. School is easy? I have 2 daughters that are nurses and 1 that is in her 4th semester of nursing school. An easy paycheck? Nurses are responsible for patients lives............Think about this Sarah.

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      Mary 3 years ago

      So some of the responders do not think nursing is hard because we only work 36 hours a week! Well I am a home health nurse who is available to my patients 24/7-if something goes wrong it is just me-no other nurse will go on my side of town. I work almost every holiday-only holiday off this year is Christmas and that is because I bitched. I work one weekend a month on call-actually work not just wait for phone calls. My time in the field may be between 4-8 hours but then I have hours of charting to do thanks to Medicare. I also have to attend meetings schedule at the worst times that last 2 hours cutting into my schedule. I have mostly nice patients but also have the neediest patients you have ever seen and have to change everything to take care of them and still please my other patients. When a nurse bitches about her work it is not to get attention it is just to get it off our chests and move on. By the way I am an associate degree nurse who skills are far better than a BSN-I have been doing it for 23 years so they better. If you do not like me I can get you a nurse that could not do the job as well-your choice. Also for blood sticks the rule is no more than three sticks by the same nurse-two is better.

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      VCU RN 3 years ago

      This article was right on point. I felt as though some of it came right out of my head...right out of my 12-hr day. In re: pain medicine, it is not common practice to just withhold medicine because you are on some power trip, but nurses do need to use sound judgement. "Do no harm" guides each and every one of my interactions with patients. And yes, some days I am stressed, sick of much of the daily nonsense, BUT I love making a difference in others' lives.

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      RN 3 years ago

      Good nurses 'get' this article, and appreciate what it offers. Just like any profession, there are those that are great, and those that show up for their job...

      To the nurses out there.. Remember why we do our calling, because that's what it is. As I look back over my nursing career and remember the moments that defined my character as a nurse, I can honestly say, God put me on this earth to be here for this role..

      We cry with the patient who just found out they had cancer...

      We get yelled at, spit at, hit by the confused 90 yr old, as their family sits quietly, mortified in the corner... And when we calm our patient down, we provide a warm hug to the family...

      And we give a grieving mother a gold scissor's to trim a clip of curls from their 27 yr old baby who just overdosed... and died... as we hold back our own tears from losing a patient we just worked 2 hours to save

      How many professions are so emotionally involved in the 'job' day after day, hour after hour, and continue to come into work with a smile and grateful attitude.

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      Kmrmom42 3 years ago

      Wow, where to begin.

      Nurses, we need to rise above the negative comments but, also thoughtfully consider if there isn't a kernel of truth in some of them? Please consider your own behavior and see if, maybe just once in a while, some of these comments might not be describing you? Also, please think about the last time you took the time to advance your education and knowledge base, maybe by reading a journal or attending a conference? (Yes, on your own time and for no extra pay. We are supposed to be professionals.) Please don't be offended, especially if the shoe doesn't fit.

      Critics, you are right, there are varying degrees of education that a nurse can receive. Starting with a Licensed Practical, Associate, Bachelor, advancing to Master's degrees in Clinical Nursing, Education, Administration, etc., and various Doctoral degrees. Many of us receive additional education and training in our area of specialty as well as in things like Basic or Advanced Cardiac Life Support. However, nowhere on that list is there a degree in English Composition.

      In fact, for many nurses English is a second language. I can't imagine how hard Nursing school must have been for them. I earned an ADN after obtaining a BA and MA in another field. Nursing school was harder than both of those combined. It seemed almost designed to weed out the weaker souls. I have since gone on to earn an MSN and still found that easier than that 2 year degree to obtain my RN license!

      You are also correct that some nurses are kind, thoughtful and caring and that some nurses are not. How is that different from any other profession? If you are not comfortable with the care you are receiving you or a family member can ask to speak to the Charge nurse or Manager or ask for a Patient Advocate.

      Also, everyone's experiences with Worker's Compensation are not the same. I have had absolutely amazing care after a fall at work broke several of my front teeth. However, I do understand that we could do better helping people handle chronic pain. One of the reasons that we may sometimes fail you is because we feel so helpless in the face of your challenges. There is often so little that we can do.

      I could say more but I think I have shared enough of my thoughts for now.

      Thank you Brownie83 for sharing your experiences as a nurse. I think most every nurse can relate to much if not all of what you have posted. You sound like a terrific nurse who really is representative of the "Caring Profession".

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      Carrie 3 years ago

      These are right on the money

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      Where's Sarah 3 years ago

      Sarah .. You have nothing to say !!! Ignorance is bliss and you are one ignorant individual !!! That's all I'm going to say to you.. As my time is valuable to waste on prow like you!!! I've been a burn and ER nurse for 13 years . It is one of the hardest jobs I have ever had ... But I would never change anything . I love my job!! As for number 9 yes after being a burn nurse I know pain is real and some require more than others .. But when I started working in the ER a few years ago I saw the drug seeking behavior and while some might be for real .... It wears on the ERNurses when the same pt comes back over and over again .. Taking us away for others that are really ill or dying! Yes a handful really have an injury or chronic but there are so many a users and. Seekers it's exhausting. I can also say that after working in several areas inpatient ICU outpatient clinics and ER!! That an ER nurses job is one of the hardest jobs I've held !! I mean you have 5 or more patients and while one may be a kidney stone and another a headache or etc one is a full code dying with a family a wrek at the bedside ... But I still have to go tend to that headache and kidney stone without a letting them know what I'm dealing with next store ... So the next time you're in the ER or you getting report from an ER nurse think about what might be going on before you ask why didn't you give that antibiotic as the floor nurse.. Or try to not flip out if it took them 15 min to get back to you .. Nursing is a hard job it's one of the few jobs that take physical mental and emotional strength all at the same time .. And not too many other jobs experience that on a daily basis !!!! Enough said

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      A nursing student 3 years ago

      For those who think that nursing school is easy. I have a bachelor of science, and have taken biochemistry, organic chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, toxicology, etc. But nursing school (which at my school is a 4 year degree from a reputable University) is hands down way harder than any science course I ever took. Not only do nurses understand the science (pathophysiology, physiology and anatomy) but they go beyond and know the nursing management, the risk factors, the complications the treatments. And as far a pain goes, no I would NOT give an 86 year old man with 10/10 pain who is confused, drifting off to sleep during conversation with resps less than 8 and pinpoint pupils his dose of hydromorphone that is due. Just because it is in the MAR does not mean it can be handed out like candy, nurses use their clinical judgement as to whether pain medication is safe to administer to their patients.

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      Kristen 3 years ago

      This article is funny. Some of you all are too sensitive. The author was just venting---as I'm sure we ALL do. I'm a nurse as well and i love it over all but some days I want to want to pull my hair out. The job is stressful but I don't think it is anymore or any less stressful than other jobs (i.e a teacher) Each job is just different, and that's it. Unless you are a nurse and a teacher, it's not fair to compare. We have to just appreciate each other. I don't feel this article is trying to say nurses are better, as I said before, it sounds like a nurse who is just venting and sharing her thoughts---thoughts I'm sure a lot of nurses have in common. Just my 2 cents.

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      Embarrassed 3 years ago

      This is a terrible article that undermines nursing as a profession. You effectively confirmed the incorrect and negative view of nurses as "doctor's helpers". The reason a nurse won't tell you a lab result is not because we do not know how to interpret it, but rather because it is better for the nurse, along with the team, to explain the results and the plan of care based on that result. As a nurse, you should know what a test result means. If you do not, look it up. There is no shame in continuing your education on the job. Be accountable for your personal nursing practice!

      Another element of this article which I disagree with is the fact that in some of your points you ask patients to be patient. It is true that sometimes one patient requires more attention over another, or that once a patient is told they are going home, they still might have to wait a few hours. However, you still must work as hard as you can to make sure each patient feels cared for. You may not be able to get everything done in a timely manner in these situations, but it is important to take the time to explain to each patient that they are still thought of.

      I worry that some of the points in this article might be used as excuses when we need to push our profession to function at its best. Each nurse needs to hold the profession of nursing to a higher standard.

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      wenders 3 years ago

      What's up with all the unnecessary condescension on the comments? I am very much aware that nurses have a hard time. I realise that some patients are awful. My mother is a nurse, and she told me that there are some patients that request iced ginger ale past midnight! There are some that are so confused, they're angry and want answers! The worst, she said, were the visitors. I'm surprised the article didn't mention how snotty the families of the patients can be. How demanding they are, and how uneducated about nursing they are. The patients may be a pain in the arse, but the visitors are a fresh hell! They expect a nurse to tend to their family member constantly, without even thinking about the other patients the nurse has to deal with.

      However, my mother and her nursing friends were never so rude! They would never talk smack about how easy other professions have it. They realised that the teachers only got paid while they were in the school, and aren't paid for the hours they clock in at home marking assignments and essays. A teacher gets heckling by students and the parents alike. Students fling around terms like "I'll respect adults if they respect me", without understanding respect. Teachers must teach specific curriculum that the school boards choose, and having parents yelling at the teachers because their child is too lazy to learn (if they can be bothered to attend class)... not fun!

      Of course, that is just one other profession that I am aware of that is viewed negatively by the public. There are many, and I can respect the hard work you all clock in for how it is. I don't agree with complaining about how awful every aspect is, however. I wouldn't want a nurse that would be moody and rude because they could. Some are bad nurses. My mother has dealt with nurses that hide on their breaks and leave everyone else to tend to the lazy nurses patients. The patients themselves aren't always the problem. I admire the hard worker, not the profession they are in. There are lazy bad seeds in every job. I hold the ones that try their best despite the stress the highest.

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      RD 3 years ago

      The most important thing for me is communication. When I spend 3 days in the hospital and see the doctor ONCE, I am upset. I am an intelligent man with a fair understanding of what is happening. When I don't get info I get real upset causing, potentally, even more problems. To me, hospitals are far worse than jails in that In jail I can't leave. In a hospital, I can leave but I know that I shouldn't. It sets up a quandry in my mind to the point that I HAVE to leave. Normally this is about 3 to 4 days MAX.


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      wenders 3 years ago

      If you nurses in the comments feel so inclined to complain about your patients and overall job, leave! Stop being a pain. The only bad nurses I deal with are the ones that badmouth their job.

      And seriously? You're going to tell me construction workers have an easier time than you? If that's not being high and mighty about what you do, I don't know what is! Stop whining if you're going to bash other jobs. You're complaining that people don't understand how hard your jobs are, but then you go on to bash other careers... a great example of ignorance. I've heard nurses moan about how holy doctors think they are... I dare you to try being that holy doctor!

      At the end of the day, you chose to be a nurse. Either realise that you aren't going to get paid sitting in paradise with the lunch you all supposedly never get, or suck it up! You're paid to commit to your patients, and follow doctors orders. Stop acting like every other profession has it so easy.

      I'm very polite to other nurses, and feel for their hardships... but they don't deny that other people might have a hard time! Maybe the nasty just comes out on the web... this article was nicely done, I just can't stand when people think that one particular job is the worst job in the world.

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      BS, RN 3 years ago

      I'll tell you what I'm doing when you call and I don't show up immediately. I'm holding my pee, I'm starving, I have a peg tube leaking and a family member wanting the bed linens changed now, I have a pediatric with an infiltrated IV that needs their antibiotic now, I have someone who wants a "warm" blanket, a visitor at the desk who wants 2 cups of ice, I have 7 patients, I'm charge nurse, 0900 medications due, an admission to finish, someone just fell out the bed, a confused patient, a critical troponin to call to the doctor within 30 minutes and I've only been at work 3 hours. I promise, I'm not sitting around gossiping. No person in this world knows what a nurse is going through besides a nurse.. Not the doctor, the patient or the family members. I love my job and have a smile on my face the entire time. We are not allowed to say "I'm sorry, I was busy.." Thank you NURSES!!

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      Me 3 years ago

      @magic99...a nurse who suggests someone who is obviously in physical and emotional (and perhaps spiritual) pain take a lethal dose of phenobarb is neither professional or caring. Comments like that just cement his beliefs...and, under certain circumstances, could put him or others reading at risk of harm. Wth is up with these comments? A lot more compassion and less judgment and hating would go such a long way in our world...

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      nursetucker 3 years ago

      To Sarah, the writer who has received many comments regarding her post. Several people have commented, “I’m glad you’re not a nurse” or “hope you’re not may patient.” Let me first say you can be my patient and you will see that I treat you just a fairly as any other patient, though you clearly are ignorant to what nurses endure during nursing school or during a usual week of work, which may only be 36 hours as you pointed out, but those extra 4 hours a day (12 hour shift) are very stressful to the body.

      Do we think we're better than others, we have seen what firemen and police officers and EMS workers have to endure; we are grateful our jobs are in doors and we know the hardships and the craziness they deal with. Many nurses simply feel that they’re unappreciated and people put such high expectations on then that it adds to the stress of the job. I don’t how many times I have been told, you get one chance to get an IV and that’s it. Sure that’s not added pressure when I still have to start a blood transfusion, help the doctor put in stitches by holding down a three year old when it breaks my heart to see them fight and cry because they do not understand what’s going on. Then when I’m done with that I’ll approach the family in another room about the end of life care for their father who is dying. But I will try my best to get your IV on the first stick because I don’t like to stick anyone more than once. I know you, are as important as anyone else that I am caring for because you are a person and to someone and you are special person.

      For those with poor grammar, that is something that is established very early in life and often old habit die hard. Nurses’ were being poorly educated is for from the true. A 2 year Associate Nurse Program comes after a year or so of pre-requisites. There is a push for more BSN nurse which means 4-5 years of college. And as for as the statement “Nurses seriously need to stop acting like their jobs are any harder than anyone else’s” , I say this, there are more physically demanding jobs out there, this is true, but please don’t doubt nursing is not hard. You have a demanding job that requires a lot out of you when you’re a nurse. You work long hours on your feet, you try to make deadlines on patient care, administering medications and you have to answer to your patients, your supervisor, the state regulatory commissions and more. You have to take care of the person with the critically high alcohol level who is cussing at you and throwing things, along with the little elderly lady who shouldn’t be walking on a broken leg but is because she’s confused. My job is to make sure she doesn’t injure herself more. My job is to answer the questions of why it’s taking so long to get test results and take care of angry patients or their families when the doctor didn’t explain what’s going on. My job is to answer the calls of distress when some calls “I have to pee now”, because the Lasix I gave them for take care of their congested heart failure just kicked in. Then before I can document all I have done and explained, I have to respond to a “Code Blue” or in layman terms someone dying. After working a code for 2 ½ hours, I have to document everything and hope then nurse who was suppose to cover my other patients has met all the needs of my patients and gave their medications. Oh I forgot one of the most heartfelt parts. I have to hold the parents of the 17 year old boy who just died as the result of a drug overdose and explain to them we did everything we could and it was not their fault he chose to end his life this way. For though my job has its trails I can’t see doing anything else. Someone has to be there for people that are sick and dying for the one that are vulnerable because if sickness or disease. I have chosen then profession because I wanted to help. Some days I may not be able to help or make a difference but I find it very rewarding on the days I can make a difference.

      PS. Sarah this was just one day out of that 36 hours and it was only an 8 hour extra shift I had picked up because someone called out due to a family emergency and this was not all the patients I took care of in that 8 hours.

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      ThereIsNo'I'InTeam 3 years ago

      Sarah and Julia are the only people here with enough intelligence to have insight into the shortcomings of nursing. For that, I applaud you. Having that insight, introspection, and humility makes you a better nurse. For those who think you're the most important person in the healthcare TEAM, shame on you! Get off your high horse!

      As for the article itself, atta girl for posting what your thoughts are. Ignore the criticisms. Just like everyone else (me included) buggering up the comments section, you also have the right to share your opinion!

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      Amanda MI 3 years ago

      I am currently in Nursing school at my local community College and I am appalled at some of the comments I have read pertaining to this article. Nursing school is not easy or a walk in the park. I am working my toosh off to make sure I contain every bit of knowledge I need to be the best Nurse possible. If you aren't a Nurse or have ever looked into the type of education is required to become a Nurse, then You should probably keep your opinion to yourself. As for the rest of you who have added some in site to the article, Thank you. I found it verry interesting and educational.

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      Rhonda Trauma Queen 3 years ago

      WOW.... I have read many of the posts, and I have to agree with so many Sarah you really have no clue what you are talking about. I have 20+ yrs in the ER. You obviously have had a few bad experiences with nurses to belittle our career so easily. You obviously do not realize that rarely do we get to void before he urine is running down our legs. You obviously (if you work) get to take a 30 min lunch without interruption whereas we all to often never get a break or lunch which is mandatory by law. We give up so much to take care of people we may not know, and we do so selflessly just so you get that much needed turkey sandwich.

      Sarah I can only pray for you and your ignorance, and be thankful that you will never work alongside of a nurse, because you do not possess what it takes to be us.

      I have dedicated over 20 yrs of my life to carrying for the ill and injured, and I have won numerous awards for excellence in the care of my patients. I have had my teeth knocked out by violent patients, been physically and verbally assaulted, felt a heart restart underneath my hand, and held the hand of a dying person and I continue to do so because my calling is that of a NURSE. So like so many others have stated before my post... walk one 12 hr shift in my shoes and you will appreciate the job that we do, and I guarantee you will never belittle a profession you have no true knowledge judging. You obviously do not know the strictness of a nursing program either. Not every Tom, Dick or Harry can pass the entrance exam let alone give up their life to make it through a stringent program that does NOT allow for illness, injury or a death in the family.

      I take pride in my career and the care that I give and even on my worst night in the ER I always walk away with a satisfaction that I have helped, comforted or saved one life... can you say the same??

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      Emanon 3 years ago

      Folks, be good to your nurses and nursing professionals. None of us will get away with not needing their service some day unless you die a quick and sudden death. They may be the ones in the ER saving your (possibly ungrateful) life or the ones caring for you on your deathbed in a hospital, nursing home or hospice until you pass. Bottom line, yes, some are better than others, but they do care and give so much to their patients which is the rewarding part. The least you can do is say thanks and leave it at that!

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      Jalynn 3 years ago

      I just wanted to say an amazing thank you to nurses who do an incredibley tough job& help others so much especially in there time of need the most. I always make sure to appreciate those who have helped me but sometimes you can't thank everyone - It makes a huge difference to have someone who cares!

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      Med Lab Scientist 3 years ago

      Is #11 that nurses blame the lab way too often? "Lost in the tube system" or sitting at the nurses station? "Erroneous lab results" or you forgot to label the tube and the lab rejected it? I really hate the ease at which nurses blame another department. We too are overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated. And we want the best for your patients. I know your training is short on lab medicine and it's easy to blame what you don't understand, but it does not help our working relationship or our patients.

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      RNsurg 3 years ago

      I am appalled at Sarah and anyone else that agrees with her. I can't tell you how many times I have found MD errors and overlooks. Nurses are way more responsible with watching lab trends and bringing it to the attention of MDs. Nurses are the eyes, ears, nose etc of the MD. Nurses save lives. The doctors spend 5-10 minutes of their day with a patient. We are with them much more often during the course of their stay. If you could read a MD's progress note, you would shut your mouth. Most things they document are wrong. You know why? They don't listen. Nurses do - and we try to help the patient and the doctor. People take it upon themselves to give doctors a God image. They are not. Good to have nurses and pharmacists to help manage their errors. It is not simply "taking orders". It is data collection, patient care, complex skills, educator, listener, therapist, hygienist, safety patrol, manager, interpreter of language and diagnostic tests.

      Nurses are under valued which is why you hear nurses say their jobs are tough. We, however, are not the only other profession that complain. Teachers complain all the way until breaks about their long hours, their under appreciation and the list goes on. They start complaining again on Sunday and August when summer is over. They, however, have holidays off. Nurses don't get holidays off. Instead, we are taking care of ungrateful, misguided people like the Sarahs. But we do it because we love it. We just hold onto the memory of patients that make the Sarahs disappear.

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      brenda icu rn 3 years ago

      RN for seven years. I don't know why most nurses think they are underpaid and overworked, three twelve hour shifts?? I'll be the first to say that, it's not more difficult than any other profession. Three days on, four days off, get over it. I love my schedule, mainly because I have three children, its nice to see them four days in a row. Saving lives... well that's just a bonus

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      Compassion 3 years ago

      Ron: I am so sorry for what you went through, the responses to your painful ordeal are only further proof of what you state: some nurses act like they care but really do not know what it takes to be compassionate. To see through the bitter and mean thing you said at the end and realize you have been through a lot and are angry and feel wronged. As someone who has had several people in my life commit suicide, I cannot understand how someone could jokingly tell this man to take a lethal dose of phenobarbital. Someone who is proud of saving lives, helping ppl? That is what u say? That is is beyond cruel. You know that this man is just bitter about being wronged and most likely lashing out by saying all nurses should go to hell. Was it mean? Yes. Do you have enough compassion to overlook it?

      Pain causes ppl to become shells of their former selves. Do you know what Chinese water torture is? That is what chronic pain is like, except so much worse as we do not get a small drop of water but a five pound weight, repeatedly, day after day, thrown in the same spot. I have been in patient multiple times for a rare disease that drs know little about. I can say honestly I have had some amazing nurses who googled my condition. Helped me find options I didn't know about. Called my dr to adjust my meds bc I have an anomaly with my gene that causes me to have strange responses to medication. Often I need more than most ppl to have effect. No not just pain meds... Even life saving Epi during anaphalaxis needs to be increased. I have had bad nurses too. Some who don't care and one who Stab me with scalpel bc they thought I was faking paralysis (dislocated hip caused it to fall asleep) after these bad nurses I was bitter too and thought all were so mean and heartless but After having such compassionate nurses since then, I have been so grateful for them, they changed my life n helped me when a dr was bullying me bc he did not want to google my rare disease to see I was truthful.

      I'm just saying I understand y pain and agony of losing ur quality of life can make u bitter. Or make u lash out. But the nurses I know and love are compassionate and see he is just suffering so much. It is unfair. Laughing at him while saying how to kill himself is so cruel. I pray u never know the bitter touch of suicide in your home.

      And thank you to all nurses who know compassion, who have shown me compassion and changed my life with it. I am so grateful for all the things these compassionate nurses do to help me and care for me and all their other patients. Your jobs are under appreciated. Just remember that someone who says they hate nurses has probably been very wronged by one who is not caring and wonderful like you. Yes it is not good to judge all nurses by one bad one but remember one good nurse can hold the same weight - making them realize again that most nurses are good and that the mean ones are rare.

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      Lorra 3 years ago

      Heh... I will keep the negative comments to myself... But Mz. Sarah, remember this: you will one day need a nurse. I hope that experience changes your mind :).


      Lors, rn, BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing)

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      SawSah 3 years ago

      Thank you Setrn92 for your wonderful addition..Dr's have so many patients that they place the wrong orders on the wrong patients everyday. While the patients call lights are going off every five minutes, and we are weaving in and out of rooms so fast we run people over in the halls, we still find time to keep our head on straight and pay attention to orders, labs, pt condition, etc.

      Nursing units, for the most part, are being cut back everyday because of corporate greed for money and insurance companies lowering payment to hospitals for services. I usually care for 10-12 pts on a physical rehabilitation unit because my company wants to save money and our CEO can get his bonus. In fact, we were told recently that no one will get a raise for the next two years. I still care for my patients with a smile because this is not their fault. I just wish there was a way to tell patients to be more "patient" with us, because we are trying our best to take care of them with what little resources we have available, time being the most important of those resources. I just do my job the best I can and make my patients feel as comfortable as possible, while on the inside my back, legs and feet are killing me. My eyes are watering because my bladder is backing up into my eyeballs. My tech keeps disappearing to go smoke or in the break room on her/his cellphone. The doctors are screaming at me about how stupid I am, then when results come back for the patient I just sent ER and that patient is sent to ICU - not a single "I'm sorry" or "thank you" comes from them. I am not saying bend and bow to me at all, but when a patient tells me how much they appreciate what I have done, it gives me that extra boost to know that what I am doing makes a difference - and that is the reason I got into nursing. No, nursing school is not easy to get into as only 100 students are selected each semester out of the 600+ that apply to the school I went to. I have a business degree and nursing school was 10 times harder than that. As for 36hrs/3 days a week, I have comment on that - It's never a 36 hour week, its always 38+ and most nurses work two jobs because nurses are not in demand like they used to be and wages have fallen, so make that 48+ hrs per week. Can you put in a full 38hr week in just 3 days or 48 hr week in just 4 days and on your feet for almost all of those hours? I usually end up sleeping an entire day away because of exhaustion. BUT - I WILL wear my RN badge with pride because I know what it took to get there and what I endure physically and mentally everyday in my profession. When I am older, I will be nursing my own varicose veins, bladder incontinence and chronic back pain from all the years on the floor, but I will have the satisfaction of knowing I made a difference.

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      Esther 3 years ago

      Having been an ICU nurse, surgical nurse, a hospice nurse and now a nurse practitioner, I can truly appreciate this posting. It is most important for readers to understand that each and every profession brings something to the table. The author being a nurse, did not at any one point undermine any profession she simply discussed her profession and made some general statements.

      Nursing school taught me to walk in a patient's with confidence so my patient would feel safe. Confidence doesn't mean you know it all, it could simply mean "I am not sure, but let me find out." Confidence includes admitting our weakness and being honest with our patients and an example could be as simple as telling the patient " I am not the best at sticking but let me get my colleague" patients appreciate the truth and am proud to say that nursing is "still" one of the most trusted professions. We empathize, sympathize and genuinely care about our patients- (majority of nurses). I am proud to be Nurse.

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      Say what? 3 years ago

      Try checking the spelling next time, that goes a long way too! O and proper grammar would help as well, just saying... But thank you for the work that you do, just try to leave the writing to someone who...writes! After all you wouldn't want me telling you how to put in a catheter or which way is best to empty a bed pan would you?!?

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      aml01 3 years ago

      Magic99, you are a disgusting excuse for a human being. Way to represent your profession.

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      as 3 years ago

      dec 24, 25, 26 2010...worked the night shift.....there was a blizzard that hit the east coast. that morning, a lot of nurse where not able to come in to work bec the snow was knee deep. we have to stay a few more hours waiting in vain for someone to relieve us. tired, hungry, and sleepy...we still managed to care for the patients. some were sympathetic and others just don't give a damn ... i ended up not able to go home for 1 day and not see my kids and husband because our street was not plowed. to cut the long story short, i hope some people will just have to realize, our job is tough...we are not saying the others are not...we just want people to respect us period

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      John Hanig 3 years ago from Topsail Beach, NC

      After 18 years spent at the bedside, I'd like to add a bit to the point made about pain control. I've been on both sides of the coin: I was once in a plane crash and had one of my forearms remaining attached by a flap of skin and muscle: a pretty gruesome wound. What was my pain level? Honestly? Maybe a 6/10.

      I can imagine much worse pain than that which I experienced after that event, mostly involving burns. To me, a 10/10 is the pain you experience when somebody pours gasoline on inside of your thigh, sets it alight, and then puts it out with a pickax. That's an honest 10 and very few of us have ever experienced it. I know I haven't and hope I never do.

      That being said, I would never withhold pain meds from somebody who reports an honest 4/10. Remember, I'm on their side. But sometimes orders are written with parameters; sometimes orders give you some latitude in dosage or medication. It's helpful to have a more accurate feel for what they're really experiencing. I know everybody doesn't react to pain the same way but the least they can do is act uncomfortable when they hurt. Asking for me to bring cookies when I bring their MSO4 mixed with Phenergan really doesn't impress me with their agony (someone actually did this to me once.)

      Before anybody starts shooting at me for my attitude, you should know I'm now retired. I quit four years ago at the tender age of 55 to go live at the beach, take a lot of naps, play with my boat and forget about work.

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      Rosie 3 years ago

      I've been a nurse for almost 5 yrs and it's the most rewarding career I've ever done. Steve said it right that we nurses can make our patients feel better even with just holding their hands and give them reassurance that you and the rest of the healthcare staff are there for them. No one wants to be in the hospital. As for the pain management, it is true that it is the nurse discretion (nursing judgment) to give or not to give the drug base oh her assessments. I never had a problem explaining this to my patients and I offer other alternatives like ice packs, heating pad, repositions, deep breathing, or even guided imagery. At times, redirection also works especially with senior patients and young children . Nurses has to find ways to manage their patients. We call doctors even in the wee hrs whenever necessary before your condition gets worse. So, if sometimes you hear phrase like they put much importance of what they do, please know that it is important because when you're in the hospital, your nurse spends more time with you than your doctor. Yes, we implement doctor's orders but we don't follow blindly, we can question them and rationalize for your safety.

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      Jane 3 years ago

      We have a huge sterilization process. Nice try to this article is 100% bullshit and inaccurate!

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      Setrn92 3 years ago

      I can't believe no one has commented on juliablue's "following orders is the name of the game. Period." Comment. Crazy! Not sure what kind of nursing you do, but I have been an ER nurse for 12 of my 16 years of nursing, and questioning doctors orders, anticipating orders and needs, and above all, advocating for my patient is the "name of the game." Blindly following orders us a good way to have injured patients. Physicians make errors in judgement, or simply ordering on the wrong patient. Physicians and nurses collaborate together, which is truly best for patient care. Good article, btw!

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      Anon 3 years ago

      What's even more great is when nurses try to act like doctors and tell the patient what they have and what they need to do. Then when the actual doctor goes in they're like but but but the nurse told me this and that....and even better when the nurse tells the doctor what they want done - seriously? Go to med school if you want those privileges.

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      inkdclown 3 years ago

      Well, all these comments seem to be pretty accurate. Some nurses are there truly because they care about people, some are there because they thought; schooling not too bad, pretty good money and viola! it's a lot of work and sadly, some for status. One thing I've noticed is; doctors think they're better than everyone, then, a lot of nurses think they're better than everyone else. A LOT of status issues. You would think with ALL these professionals, we would be past the High School BS. I've worked with a lot of nurses, doctors etc. Most nurses are great and have your best interest at heart. I think they are more important than doctors! When I've been a patient at hospitals, I trust my nurse more than my doctor. I don't understand the snobbery though. Obviously, i'm not a nurse, but i do work for UCLA in the Pharmacy(12 years and counting)and see things from a different perspective. When some of you call, demanding and complaining about service, remember, you have up to 5 patients, we have every patient in the hospital. So have a little respect! Please leave your high school problems and snobby attitudes for someone else...

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      3dogs 3 years ago

      I am a 20+ years nurse and I would like to respond to the negative posts here:

      Ron: you had a difficult journey, but being bitter at nurses will NOT change things. Remember, "Thank you and please" take you much farther than "I have the right". Be nice!

      Sarah: after 2+ degrees in nursing, I CAN tell you nursing is not an easy schooling. The people you mentioned, "the rude, uneducated, etc people" are weeded out at the beginning of the school because they don't last.

      Wright: you think we talk too much about our profession…please tell me another profession where the worker has to witness a mother dying, holds the hand of a son passing, or has to clean a massive bloody diarrhea. You think we know at first what we are signing in for…Nobody can prepare you for how to feel when a patient dies and you have to do post-mortem care.

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      Colbie 3 years ago

      I loved this, until I got to the comments. There are some really negative, bitter people out there. I guess I was just really naïve to that fact. People who don't think we should be proud of our profession..people who think we're just trained monkeys..people who think that we talk too much about how rewarding our job is even though we are underpaid, like we're the only profession that doesn't make what they deserve.. They don't see that we're just a community of like-hearted people trying to cheer each other up because we know how hard it is every day. We know what our fellow health care workers are going through, because we've all been there. We're not really trying to say we're almighty or better than anyone or that we deserve to be adored. That's not it at all. We're simply trying to give each other hope and smiles and uplifting support because we know we have to jump back out there and take care of the patients who are simply wonderful, and the frustrated ones, and the confused ones, and the ones who cannot seem to find relief from their pain. We're just trying to keep each other hopeful, give each other "thank you's" and let each other know that they are appreciated even when they feel everything but. So if we sound ungrateful or prideful or arrogant or ignorant or whatever else you need to call us to make yourself feel better, I'm not sorry. We love what we do, despite those who love to do nothing but tear us down. One of the first things this lady said was that "WE ARE HUMAN". We are! I promise! We make mistakes, just like any other profession. We are just a community trying to life our people up and keep them pushing on. And because there are people like the negative souls who have commented on this post, we're going to have to keep encouraging our people to push past people like you and smile and take the best care of you anyway. Because that's what we do. We clean up your crap and smile doing it. We cry with you. We pray for you. And we celebrate with you. We love you. No matter how many times you poop on us, swing at us, throw things at us, or scream at us. We love you. And we WANT you to get better. Always.

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      Val 3 years ago

      I usually don't respond to these things because I'm not always grammatical correct for the English majors and professors that respond and also the negativity and ignorance. But, I think that the article was excellent because it hit on points most nurse have encounter or their feelings. Kudos to the author. I'm glad we as nurses understand that every job has it's difficulties. I for one have had my share of bedpans, IVs, kicks, patients running out, and yes even name calling (that's not on the psych unit I use to work in) and still made it thru the shift and back he next day but that's I guess you may call a easy day. Even though we work our 12+ hr shifts (36+ Hr/ wk), we are still their even when there is ice and snow on the road and holidays ( yes the hospital never close). I have never had to work outside a hospital building for my job, so thanks to the construction workers and electrician, we know your jobs are dangerous and hard. But some of the comments Are a slap in the face for those who work without this (remembering 911 and Katrina, just to name a couple).

      As a nurse, we do tend to kick each other down, and this is sad because we have everyone else doing the same. I thank God I can say to this day I have never had to give a patient Narcan. I guess that's why I try to take care of the patient by assessing their clinical state other than just and only giving them drugs that the MD order. I really don't think the author implied to withhold medications. And actually that point made me laugh because it has been something I have encounter.

      I know my grammar is not the best so sorry to those I have offended. To those who have had bad encounters with nurses or any medical profession, sorry that you have judged a whole group of people from your bad encounter. And Sarah sorry my education is so poor that it makes you so angry.

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      17 & Counting 3 years ago

      I wasn't finshed w my comment & was trying to correct some spelling & hit the submit by mistake- anyway- I was getting to the ooint that, altho I learned many of these things myself, By Asking Questions & Getting Answers from Great Nurses & a few dr's., I feel your article Would be a good thing to have patients read. I Didn't know my rights about my pain meds & for the last 12-13? Surgeries, I've been given LESS pain meds than what I normally take at home! & in That Vase, Yes, I AM in More oain than normal! At least the Fantadtic nurses that Are out there understand that. One had even Had back surgery & when I told her what I was on at home & what the dr had written was going to cause me to go into withdrawal, SHE Knew what I was talking about & took the initiative to Do something about it! As for the person who said to Ron-(paraphrasing here) Oh ur just the type whose going to give us trouble right from the start- with That attitude? She's probably correct. She Also is probably the type to Scream at ppl that they're 'on Enuff pain meds & Unless You Stop Crying, Ur Not going to be Allowed to see ur husband Either!' I was 34 when I was injured, I LOVED being outside playing w my kids, My Job, gardening, working at my own small business making art, Camping, hiking, reading, 4-wheeling,& more. Now I'm 45, I can barely walk, just had Another dr ( the 8th one) tell me I should write a book about what I've gone thru, & Yes, I Am becoming bitter & biased. When I yell someone that those veins don't work & they start stabbing there Anyway!? Yes- it makes me Angry. And when I Say I'm in PAIN- Trust Me! I've Alre ady tried Repositioning,& every time I ask for ice, no one knows what to do! Except make chucnky ice packs that melt water alk over my bed & when I bring My Own, they're Always Lost. I Do try to have a positive attitude & the Good nurses can tell, but they seem to be a lot harder to find nowadays, & I Do, now, believe there Are some nurses just in it for the money. To the beautiful, wonderful, caring men & women who've helped & cared for me, I Am eternally grateful. But the truth is, just lime anything else, they're the exception to the rule. I've had my life & my love of life hacked &chipoed away, piece by piece. I Know nurses are overworked but plz also remember the pt doesn't want to be there & when they're severely depressed on top of it, just that extra touch or a look in their eyes while they're talking, tells them u really Do care & really are listening. Thank you.

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      Rae 3 years ago

      This list is pretty close to perfect. Finally, one written by an RN that actually works the floor.

      A lot of people in the peanut gallery on their high horses.

      Sarah has been discussed enough, she is a fool. Unfortunately, I've had plenty of patients who think we're trained monkeys, as apparently she does.

      Wright, for crying out loud. We don't stalk the blogs of other professionals and tell them that they aren't as important as they think they are. If it makes you feel any better, nurses are on Forbes top 10 unhappiest professionals list. We feel miserable, unappreciated, underpaid and overworked. And before you say a damn thing about our salaries, how much would you have to be paid to clean shit off your person after fixing the rectal tube of an uncooperative patient?

      We are yelled at by our patients and ground down by management trying to save money. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard "that stupid nurse..." I could retire. In movies we are flunkies in scrubs and in TV hospital shows the ratio is 10/1 doctors to nurses. And then I go to read a nice article by a sister and I get to look at you having a problem with me having pride. So let us toot our own damn horn altready.

      Ron- fuck you. I'm going to Hell anyway according to you.

      Merry Christmas girls and boys. I've really appreciated the opportunity to be your nurse today. Can I fill your water pitcher before I go?

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      3 years ago

      As a PA student working in the ED, it's clear to see how hard nurses really do work. Always amazed how they juggle taking care of 8 patients and the provider expecting a submitted order to be fulfilled as soon as submitted.

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      17 Surgeries & More 3 years ago

      Ron, I'm right there w u. I was injured at work in 2003. I'd known ppl who had dealt w Comp & had 2 young boys depending on me at gome. I stayed at work another year, & tried to deal w Comp that way. 2 yrs later I Finally had a New Case manager who would (gasp) return my calls! Since 2004 I've had 17 Major surgeries, (Not including procedures, outpatient jobs, MRIs, CTs, IDETs, Nerve Conduction Tests, Etc) & I Also have been yelled at by Nurses who Don't have a clue & was Once given Narcon by an on call dr while another Nurse was following him around w my chart trying to show him I Was ok & Didn't Need it. Thank God my Anesthesiologist heard them code my rm #, knew it was Me & came back into the hosp & up to my rm. I've NEVER felt ANYTHING Like that before! The next day 2 nurses (one from a whe nother floor who had heard what happened, & the Head of the PT dept told me that, that was Not the 1st Or 2nd time that dr had done something like that. I started weaning Myself off the narcs, becuz 'back then' the dr's basically threw them at me with No warni gs of side effects or the inevitable Dependency (NOT Addiction, if anyone doesn't know, Learn the difference Plz) & have had a Documentented case of some type of Staph infection that ravahed thru every oyncture I'd had after 3 Pre-ops, a 5 day hosp visit & 2 Post-op sessions. This had the Lovelt result of making my arms, & hands, look kime I'm

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      Jacqui 3 years ago from New Zealand

      As an RN of 12yrs and counting, I am learning to brush off the negative people like Sarah, Wright etc. What they may not realise is that we often don't leave work and that's it for the day, back again tomorrow to do the same thing. We often cry, grieve, feel angry/hurt for our patients and what they have to go through/deal with and their families. We often think of those who touched us in some way, long after they have left, or passed on.

      What Wright may not realise is that we as a profession know DEEPLY the value of all professions. Without some of the professions we work with, and alongside, our jobs would be MUCH harder. I send thanks to the Drs, the Occupational Therapists (heh, I even married one!), Physical Therapists, Speech Language Therapists, Cleaners/Housekeeping, Cafeteria workers, Students of all professions, the handyman/builder/IT guys, Orderlies, Bath Attendants, Admin staff, and everyone else who keeps a hospital running - without you all we would be without a job, and people would be without healthcare.

      We KNOW that each and everyone is's why we work well in a team.

      Sarah - I'm 6 mths pregnant, and working 8-9hr days, 5 days a week - FULL TIME. It's summer/spring where I am from, and being obviously preg, it's uncomfortable and hot, but I like my job and I'll keep going until the Baby arrives, or tells me somehow I should slow down. And, I'm not the only one I know who is doing this, or has done this (more than once). 36hrs may be 12hr shifts - 12hrs looking after someone's loved one (or several), on alert for the smallest of signs of change for the entire time, many times holding on or missing a toilet stop because you can't spare the few secs. Other than deployed soldiers, Drs - what other jobs have as high stakes as someone's life? I'm not bleating on about "saving a life" - not all of us nurses are in it for the adrenaline, nor see life and death every day - I'm saying we have to be constantly on alert, as anything missed could result in a loved one of yours becoming unwell, uncomfortable, or dying.

      Thank you for this hub - there is a lot that the general public don't see, hear or understand about what it is we as a profession do, feel, hear, see, think, or know. Thank you for trying to break it to them gently!

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      Nurses are the GREATEST

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      RN 3 years ago

      I've been a nurse 30 yrs. When my friends were going out on weekends, I had to stay home to study. If any readers aren't nurses, you may not understand the devotion it takes to get that license. Nursing is a calling. Many days I scarf lunch in 10 min. because that's all the time I have, yet alone getting enough bathroom breaks. I enjoyed this post, hit home. Thanks for writing it brownie83.


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      Weylin 3 years ago

      My admiration for the nursing profession has grown a bit more from reading this though it was already pretty high. My mother & mother-in-law were both nurses (RIP, White hat angels) & my oldest sister is an RN as well. But the greatest impact on my perception of nurses was in Iraq, '03. I was but a lowly electronic tech that helped set up a tent field hospital in the desert while doctors, nurses & corpsmen plugged bullet holes & shrapnel tears, re-attached saveable limbs while quickly & judiciously finished removing the ravaged ones. And did it without fanfare, no sleep & sparse meals for energy, 24/7. In one stretch they "only" lost 31 out of 1,100 & I know they wept for each one but kept going despite their heartache. God bless all you nurses and THANK YOU.

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      Jessjane 3 years ago

      we care for people and hold a responsibility to represent our profession in a positive light. Please remember that when posting responses. As a nurse you know that the world is made up of all kinds of people, it is our job to understand that people react to situations differently. Please remember that by reacting to a post negativity you are fostering a negative environment. Sometimes it is better to remain silent and knowing than to speak.

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      KYTiger 3 years ago

      A lot of things patients do to annoy nurses could be avoided by medical staff clearly communicating with the patient and families. We patients don't know why it's taking so long to be discharged, based on what the doc told us. We don't know why it takes so long for a nurse to come to the room when we've called. And, we certainly don't understand the incredibly long waits at the ER. Just tell us what's happening and be realistic with us. We may still be a pain, but just like you have bad days, this may be one of our worst. With all of that said, I still think nurses are angels on earth who have gotten me and mine through some scary medical times.

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      Sarahisstupid 3 years ago

      Sarah is clearly a huge C bag. The next shift i work I'll be sure to walk really slow, use slang words, be late getting meds passed & just not care so much. Let's hope you're alive after our really easy 12 shift.

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      Kmn08 3 years ago

      Really? 99%? Ron, people like you are the hardest patients to take care of because we are already in a hole when we step into your room even if we are the kindest, most compassionate RNs on earth. I hope you are never my patient, but if I ever have to care for you I will do it with a smile even if you are a jerk because that's my job.

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      Jenm 3 years ago


      I'm more than sure that all those people that made my job possible took a lunch everyday, went to the restroom whenever they needed and probably most of them clocked out when it was quitting time instead of 1-2 hours late because they had so much catching up to do.

      All professions are appreciated by someone but sometimes I wish my 13+ hour day was spent worrying about screwing up someone's lunch rather than their life.

      Not all nurses have that "I can save your life" attitude but I guarantee every nurse has saved a life.

      This article was written to inform those that appreciate what we do not to start a bunch of criticism from those of you who don't have a clue.

      Great article!! I agree, it should be included in patient education!!

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      Magan 3 years ago

      I just LOVED THIS LIST! It was brilliant. I could think of examples in my own practice of each of these, with a good giggle. I am a proud med surg nurse and love my job. I have told patint

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      Ron 3 years ago

      Nurses and doctors are fine until you have a work related injury. After I herniated my L5/S1 disk at work, I was treated like I had the plague by every single nurse and doctor I came into contact with -- except the pain clinic doctor and my personal doctor. I was called a liar by my employer's medical department. My employer tried to implement a constructive dismissal against me. My employer's doctor did every thing she could to withhold or delay treatment. My employer's insurance company's case worker (a registered nurse) did the same -- going behind my back and cancelling appointments with my surgeon and pain clinic doctor. My surgeon treated me like dirt. All these so called professionals are responsible for my permanent nerve damage. In my opinion, ninety-nine percent of the modern doctors and nurses can go straight to hell (or prison) where they belong.

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      esalazar 3 years ago

      following doctors orders is NOT the name of the game. Being an advocate for their health and well being is. you must be crazy. oh, my patient is asking for his dilaudid? let me go get it. what, his rr is 4?! I was just following the doctors orders. geesh....

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      Mary 3 years ago

      Sarah ~ walk 12 hours in our shoes........hold your bladder for 10 of them.... eat on the run if at all........ keep is NOT as easy as you think.

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      Marsha 3 years ago

      We all expect nurses to be hardened and not be emotional during a person's death. In 1991, I was 4 1/2 mos. pregnant with my one and only son. After an ultrasound showed that he had anencephaly, I was admitted to the hospital and labor was induced. I went through labor and delivery with my son, who was stillborn. A sweet sweet nurse by the name of Cheri held my hand and cried with me after my loss. I will never ever forget this sweet nurse. She also was authorized to baptise my son for me. She has been in my memories since. So please show some respect to nurses...they are not hard, they just sometimes have to hide their emotions. This woman's caring really touched my heart. Thank you, Cheri, wherever you are.

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      Lori 3 years ago

      I have been a RN for 7 1/2 years. I've worked on a Neuro/Trauma unit, and a Medical/Surgical/Pediatric unit. Your article is exactly what it's like for a nurse. I don't quite understand where the negative comments are coming from. It's quite obvious those people have never walked in a nurse's shoes. It's too bad your story couldn't be copied and handed out upon admission.

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      Judy 3 years ago

      I've stood at the bedside of my husband through about 6 ortho surgeries, gall bladder surgery and many more. I have a deep abiding respect for all nurses doing hospital care - their attention to detail, pleasant attitude, patience, etc is astounding. And then if you throw into the mix a couple of MDs who think they are demi-gods, I'm not sure how some nurses remain so professional when they'd like to throw a bedpan at someone!! My deepest respect to every single nurse who loves her career and displays it at the bedside of patients every single day...God bless you all!!

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      Martine Dorsey 3 years ago from Gill, Massachusetts

      I'm a retired CNA of 35 yrs. (and was a damn good one) I've worked in nursing homes, Hospice/VNA and retired as a CNA in a local hospital. I loved my job even though the pay really bad. But fortunate enough to have a husband that made good money so I could do what I loved and what I was good at. Every word that Brownie83 is "spot on" from my experience working with nurses. Not every nurse or hospital will have the same exact issues. But it was a mirror image of what took place in mine! I worked day shift and night shift (12hr shift/36hrs wk) so I got see the nurses challenges day and night! I worked on the Cardiac Unit, Orthopedic, General Med Surg., ICU, Mental Health and ED units. Yes, there are less then perfect people in all professions. I have seen it in my own CNA staff along with the Nursing Staff. God Bless the health profession because the challenges have become more difficult everyday! I was respect by nurses as a "true" part of the team for my experience. I'm glad I retired when I did.(a year ago) What's happening now, is way beyond my ability to cope with some of the nonsense that is happening in hospitals today!

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      Julie 3 years ago

      I am ALWAYS amazed by the care my son receives by his nurses during his hospital stays. I was raised on Marcus Welby and Medical Center, I kept wondering where were the doctors to over his bedside. When I finally realized it was the nurses who provide 99% of his care I was floored. Most nurses are amazing and I will be eternally grateful for all their kindesses to my son.

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      Sam 3 years ago

      This article is very good. I read a lot of the people that claimed the article was bad or not correct, followed by the critic claiming to be an RN themselves. I don't believe it. Most likely a butt sore CNA claiming to be more than their scope is practice, or one is the un-pleas able family members who act as if they know more than they do.

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      marylee 3 years ago

      I have been an RN for over 33+ years. Being a nurse is not an easy job, by any stretch of the imagination! But, it is worth every second of it. Sarah.....THANK HEAVENS YOU ARE NOT A NURSE! It sounds like you do not possess the capability of doing our job! One night in particular sticks out in my memory. I was working in the pediatric icu. Two young children were coding at the same time, and a third patient was having Jacksonian Seizures.....the one resident on call ran one code, while I ran the second code. How was I able to save a dying child's life? By the training I received from taking an advanced pediatric life support educational program. Yes, I was able to interpret the ekg monitor, and knew which medications were needed, and when to give them. Sarah, I wonder if you knows what it is like to save someone another's life? Do I think we are better or more special than other professional? No, I do not believe that. But to those out there. Please know your nurse cares, is doing the very best he or she can, and the next life we may save could be yours!

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      JustMe 3 years ago

      After a few decades as a police officer, I retired and went back to school. A few years of school . . . I struggled through nursing school. They were some of the hardest classes I've ever taken. I have several BS degrees and "just" an Associates degree in nursing. I worked harder for that degree than my engineering degree!

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      Another Nurse 3 years ago

      Nurses, re: Sarah- remember your training. Don't aggitate the psych/ borderline personality patients.

      Sarah: you and your righteous indignation have fun next time you're in the healthcare setting.

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      Sejla 3 years ago

      @ Sarah, i am RN case manager for hospice and i hope you never end up being my pt, but can honestly tell you because of nurses and cares we give i get blessings every day from pt and families just because of my knowledge in medicine and making their loved one comfortable, and i agree with hub 1000% and if you think nursing school is easy why don't you finish it, personaly people like you are the ones that we talk about in breakroom and don't forget one day you will depend on us . Nurse for life

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      Tammy 3 years ago

      Nursing is not just a job, it is an art and an honor. one will not understand unless you are a nurse. Nursing school is NOT easy, and it is a challenge to even be selected as candidate into the Nursing program. I am an ARNP, and I take offense to those who undermine, abuse and mistreat nurses. I was there when your family member took their last breath because you were not around, I was there when you dropped off grandma in the emergency room so you could go on vacation, I was there and made that phone call to reconnect an 81 year old mother who had not heard from her homeless son in 2 years, who later died the next month. Whose life did you touch today?

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      Melinda Jordan 3 years ago from Cartersville, Georgia

      some of you people just kill me. I think every person going into the hospital should have to read this. All of the people slamming her about bad grammar and saying she is way off the mark need to get a life. You have you dang nose so stuck up in the air your missing the whole point. You're probably that nurse who sticks some poor soul 4 or 5 times and wants to try one more time because your to prideful to admit your a failure at something.

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      Barb 3 years ago

      If you're not well, go to the doctor. Leave the internet alone. Too much information is sometimes worse than none.

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      susan 3 years ago

      wow! We love my hubby's nurse, and can trust her to tell us the truth about anything we ask..... what more could a patient or caregiver want?

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      Barb 3 years ago

      I'll never let them give me an IV again. When in the hospital the nurse stuck my hand 5 times to get the needle in, then called another nurse, who tried the other hand 2 times and finally put it in my arm. I told them not to come back. The next time I was in, the nurse tried twice and got it in, she thought, but it wasn't and I was in surgery without the anethesia. Took the bandage off and all it was doing was bleeding.

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      Robin 3 years ago

      Great article.. Been a nurse for 23 years... Nursing school was one of the hardest/ most challenging things I've done... Nurses work damn hard.. No doubt about it.. We do it because nursing is a calling, NOT a paycheck .. Silly silly Sarah .. Poor shallow soul..

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      Steve 3 years ago

      Doctors may cure you, but nurses make you feel better.

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      Meghan 3 years ago

      Yeah, Sarah can say all she wants until it's HER ass, or someone she loves laying in that hospital bed.

      As for the pain meds... yeah... I am a chronic pain sufferer, with Fibromyalgia and Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraines. And I am treated like a drug seeker when I have to go into the ER with pain shooting up my back, and through my legs, hips, and thighs. Or when I come in, and the left half of my body is completely paralyzed, and I speak like someone with a severe stroke. These Drs AND nurses look at me as if I'm ACTING to get drugs! Seriously! A Dr YELLED at me to sit up, when I was having the MOST severe Migraine I'd ever had, and was completely paralyized for over 3 hours. She YELLED AT ME! Treated me as if I were nothing more than a drug seeker, there to get my weekly fix. I later wrote to the hospital to complain about that Dr, and just how I was treated. If ALL I wanted was simple pain medication, I would have stayed my ass at home. I've got MANY pain meds in my cabinet. No. I was there because I. WAS. PARALYZED. And scared out of my effing mind!

      Nurses are wonderful, and are very much unappreciated. But they do need to let go of the stigma that ANYONE that walks in the door in pain is automatically a drug seeker. I've worked in a hospital for 3 years as an ER admissions person. I've seeeeeen drug seekers. I am NOT one of them.

      Thank you for your time. LOL!

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      wright 3 years ago

      This is all a bunch of bullspit, Nurses chose there profession, and I think many of them did not realize what they was getting into....

      Are they SUPER HUMAN... I think not! In every profession, YOU are required to do a JOB!! Do nurses think there job is more important than others? I THINK SO.

      What about the construction worker that built your lab or hospital, The brick layer that built your wall's, The Iron worker that hung the steel that supports your table, The Electrician that enabled all your medical devices?? You should think twice, and realize that others have enabled you to perform your profession!!

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      Kristen 3 years ago

      Dear Sarah,

      I'm more than pleased that you will never be my nurse. I am a RN trauma nurse. I guess I was born with the rare knowledge of how to run a full arrest and take care of the ill because obviously my BSN degree is a joke....I am TIRED of my profession being bashed!

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      Juliablue26 3 years ago

      Amanda, I do know what nurses do, I've been a nurse for 5 years. Yes, the work is hard, but the power trips and "I'm saving your life" attitude is really ridiculous. Teachers don't make any money and truly are unappreciated. Thanks for your reply.

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      Ona 3 years ago

      I am not a nurse but because of my numerous health issues know plenty they are some of the hardest overworked underpaid people here on earth there are a few bad apples but 99.9 percent go above and beyond

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      Amanda 3 years ago

      Juliablue26 - ahhh, let's see...teachers. Teachers make a big deal out of what they do. It's usually the careers that are so under appreciated that you hear the members speaking out. But AGAIN, that's not what this was was meant to be educational. If you didn't need/care to learn why did you read it? There's a few in every crowd...

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      Deb 3 years ago

      Yes, yes, yes.

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      Marci 3 years ago

      Which other group of underpaid and under appreciated caregivers, first responders, and public servants would earn Sarah's vitriol? Paramedics, firemen, policemen, teachers? Just what important position in society does SHE fill that gives her the right to be so judgmental and contemptuous of caring people who make a real positive difference in people's lives? I have been an RN for 30 years, and am happy to say that my patients and their families as a whole do NOT share her views, thus making the long hours and stressful, sometimes backbreaking work all worth it.

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      Brandi 3 years ago

      Actually, it is my place to decide if you need your pain medication. If your sats are 88%, your SBP is 90, your pain is a 10/10 and you are an otherwise healthy individual, we might try some relaxation techniques or position change. My license is on the line, not theirs. This is not always the case but I have pushed my share of Narcan and watched someone who comes into the hospital a&o x4 start peeing in the corner of the room because they are so confused from the "I want that D word pain med shot, not a Percocet!"

      I feel like I wrote this article! So true!

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      Kari 3 years ago

      Sarah, are you freakin kidding me? Nursing school is QUICK AND EASY? Frankly, nursing school was hell but worth every damn tear/penny/minute. You're obviously not a nurse nor do you know any. Take the negativity elsewhere, thanks.

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      I do agree with Sarah, no other profession makes such a big deal about what they do like nurses do. What's especially sad is the fact that they don't respect each other and yes they do eat their young. Following doctor's orders is the name of the game. Period.

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      Beth 3 years ago

      Good article. I've worked with very good nurses in an ER, and been a patient of nurses when I've had surgery and/or given birth. I always try to be an understanding patient and helpful co-worker.

      @Sarah, as for nurses ONLY working 36 hours a week, that's how long their shift is. They often come in 1/2 hour early and stay 1/2 hour late to tell the next nurses about their patients, plus there are nurses' meetings which may or may not be during their shift. Some nurses have call, or take overtime when they are short staffed. They also work holidays and weekends, do you?

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      kristy 3 years ago

      Oh Sarah, I just wonder what nursing program you failed out of to be so bitter. I would tell you to walk a shift in my shoes as an ER nurse but obviously you can't!

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      Len Vivolo 3 years ago

      Wow, what a great article and as a recent patient after heart surgery, I experienced first hand all that this article mentions as far as what nurses are expected to do for their patients and why I have newly found respect and admiration for nurses. God bless them!

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      Angel, NC 3 years ago

      Great article. I'm a newly minted nurse, Graduated in May, but all of these are totally relevant and true. The one about being harassed about discharge times is the one I encounter on almost every shift. Lol. Well done.

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      sarah 3 years ago

      This list & others like it make nurses everywhere look bad. Your grammar/writing is horrible, and this entire article is one big ego trip. Do you think you're special for being a nurse? You're not. Some of the most ignorant, poorly educated people I've ever met are nurses. Nursing school is a quick & easy way to make a decent paycheck, so every community college graduate wants to do it. Nurses seriously need to stop acting like their jobs are any harder than anyone elses... I mean, most only work 3 days (36 hrs) a week.

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      CarolEme 3 years ago

      CupidStunt - Thank you so much for stating what I have felt for YEARS! As an RN AND someone who used be called a 'hard stick' I'm so glad to hear another person state how I feel. Actually I'm an easy stick BTW but before about 1997, EVERY person insisted he/she draw from my left arm. THEN they couldn't find the vein - 3 - 4 punctures and digging. Come to find out when I finally put my foot down in 1997 and said - you get ONE stick and if it doesn't work, I'm walking! So a phelebotomist tried my RIGHT arm. Now they get it right every time. Come to find out they 'vein' they were trying for in my left arm is a tendon/ligament! No wonder it hurt up my arm and into my shoulder!!!

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      bb1120 3 years ago

      Lauren -

      Your comment is really rude and disrespectful to the nursing profession. As the RN, I DO decide whether someone can have their medication. I'm not going to dole out narcotics to just anyone who asks. How are they handling their current narcotics? I can't tell you the number of people who have told me their pain is 10/10, but their respirations are 6, pulse ox is marginal, they fall asleep when talking to me, and have pinpoint pupils. No, I will not give them another dose just because they say pain is 10/10 and their Dilaudid is due. I could kill them doing that. Maybe they need a Pain Management consult, or ice / heat / repositioning, or something else, but just giving it to them because it's available is, quite frankly, stupid.

      No nurse should withhold medications just because they don't think the patient is truly in pain, but you absolutely have to look at the whole clinical picture. So yes, I will continue withholding medications if it's appropriate, because I have no desire to overdose someone.

      I'm not just a puppet for a doctor to order around - and thankfully, all the doctors I work with recognize that and trust my judgement. And especially for PRN medications - they order parameters that I work within, based on my judgement.

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      Erin 3 years ago

      This list, though well intentioned, is very poorly written. In the first few points, the nurses are referred to as "they" and then the author inexplicably switches to "I".

      Also, number #9 just makes no sense in the context of this list. Same with #10. Why wouldn't nurses want you to know that you should get out of the hospital as soon as possible? Of course they want you out of there. It's a hospital, not a resort. Maybe have someone proofread before you post again, Brownie83

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      CupidStunt 3 years ago

      As a caregiver to a cancer patient, I need to reply to something. When it comes to draws and IVs, please don't be a hero. There is NO need to jab someone 3,4,5 times and then dig when you're not hitting the vein. If someone tells you they're a tough stick, don't take it as a challenge. And if a patient lets you know to go in at an angle and a certain way, for the love of pete, LISTEN. They know it for a reason.

      Also, try listening, really truly listening and not dismissing, to the caregiver. You may have lots of patients (see number 5 above) but I only have 1 patient. When I tell you his blood hemolyzes for potassium test levels and it needs to be walked to the lab, I will not be happy when you have to stick him again for another potassium level because you didn't listen to me the first time.

      It sounds like I'm a pain in the ass but as long as you're decent to my patients, I'll be awesome to you. And I'll bring you all bagels and donuts because you all rock.

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      Karen beratis 3 years ago

      Being a practicing(clinically ) for 53 yrs I do have those special iv and catheterization skills. I was taught by my employer who is a urologist my catheter skills. I learned my. Skills at iv starts from a workshop which taught me Picc line insertion. I have mentored as many nurses as I could on these skills. They were so appreciative of the instruction . I recently retired and so glad to have helped other nurses with these skills . RN 1959

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      Katie42 3 years ago

      I'm confused, Courtney. What you just posted and what the author said about discharging are the same thing. What do you disagree with?

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      lauren 3 years ago

      As a nurse I disagree with everything except #9. I worked with many nurses who feel some sort of power trip about pain medication. You aren't the doctor. You are the nurse. If the doctor writes a prescription for dilaudid and it's on the mar give it if the patient says their pain is a 10/10. I've met so many nurses who want to argue with a sick patient over this. I'm not pro pain medication. I myself never take anything more than motrin (im lucky to be healthy and pain free) and pain seekers are annoying. Still a nurse on a powertrip is not okay. It isn't your place to decide if they can have their medication.

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      Courtney 3 years ago

      I have to disagree just a little about the discharge thing. As an ortho nurse, I can safely say that being discharged by your orthopedic surgeon does not mean that you are "good to go". You still have to be discharged by physical therapy and that might mean hours longer or even another day if they don't feel you are safe to go. In general, trust that we want you to go as soon as possible and if it is taking longer than you would like to get to go home then you can bet there is a reason and calling your nurse every five minutes to ask about it is NOT going to speed up the process.

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      Christine R 3 years ago

      I'm an RN in an ICU. Totally agree with your article. Thanks for writing down what all nurses have thought at one point during their patient care.

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      Lisa 3 years ago

      I love this article I wish I could hand it out as patient teaching. ALL of it is true! Thank you!!!

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      Juli 3 years ago

      this should be called 10 things nurses Want you to know

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      John Hill sr. 3 years ago

      know you love what do and Carolyn is proud of all her children

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      Jason RN 3 years ago

      Great artical! 100% accurate I've been a nurse for 14 years and it's unbelievable how healthcare has changed people don't understand what we go through!

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      Formerly penned ad 'Beaulah Hamilton'. Real name to be revealed one day.... 4 years ago from USA

      "These are the rarest of nurses and for the rest of us, they make us feel quite inept". Brownie 83, I think it's time you stop looking at these "rarest of nurses" and consider the fact that you are likely one of them. You think they are so great because you see the traits in them that you value and likely have yourself! No one, not even these "rare" birds have it all. From the article you have written, it is obvious that you are quite a conscientious nurse and care quite a bit about the quality of care you provide to your patients. I would bet that you are one of those rare, special nurses. Nice article!

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      Cynthia 4 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      As a fellow nurse I can say you really hit the nail on the head! I thought of writig a similar hub but I can venture to say it would not have been as good as yours! Thumbs up!

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      Kelly (Brown) Wagner 4 years ago from Arvada, Colorado

      Thanks Shelley! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. Positive and thoughtful reviews are always encouraging since hub writing is new to me!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Wow this really was an informative and useful hub. I so wanted to be a physiotherapist, but could not find the funds at the time. Anything medical is very interesting to me and I am an avid reader. Glad you're so positive about your Type1 Diabetes, keep up the writing! Up, interesting and useful.

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