Is it just me or have Rolexes changed over the years?
I mean besides the price.
Back then the glass didn’t break.
I know you’re expecting a joke or two about nursing in a Rolex.
But I can’t joke about it….because I did it!
Hubby was going to the mall so I asked him to stop at the uniform shop and get me a cheapo wristwatch. I have baaaad watch karma – they always break, so I wanted the cheapest one they had.
He came home with a silver-colored Rolex. Fifteen hundred dollars.
Well WTF, I said as I picked myself up from my syncopal episode.
It wasn’t gaudy like the gold ones, it was beautifully professional. If you didn’t know it was a Rolex, it wasn’t obvious. It was just a pretty, functional watch.
Until I’m in the tub one day and hear, “Clink!”. The crystal just shattered. Right there on the sink. Three feet away from me.
Bummer. I guess they aren’t waterproof/steamproof anymore.
The following post is known in the blogosphere circles as a “rant”. Hang onto your caps, it’s going to be a bumpy ride….
I wish nursing would get its act together.
Why is it that in order to be accepted as a “profession”, we have to copy another profession?
Doctors diagnose, so therefore we have to diagnose our special things or we won’t be respected!
Doctors have one route to their degree/license, but between the ADN, BSN and entry-level Masters programs, nursing has three.
So let’s get rid of the one that produces the highest number of working bedside nurses for the degrees that will get us respected!
You know what?
Nursing won’t get the respect we deserve until we start respecting ourselves!
Until we are proud of our unique ability to work our way up the degree ladder while we practice our profession, if we chose to do so.
Until we stop looking down our educated noses at nurses who chose, for whatever reason, to obtain their ADN no matter how long it takes.
Until we stop referring to direct patient care and actual caregiving as “the dirty work”, which is exactly how one nurse blogger phrased it. It’s okay to teach a patient, but god forbid we touch them!
Until Nurse Executive IMA BIGSHOT, RN, MBA, PhDNsc, FAAN, CEN, CCRN, CRNA, RN,C and EMT-P gets off his/her high horse of an office chair and realizes he/she is no better and, in fact, is just as qualified to wipe an incontinent patient as the new ADN graduate three floors down.
And is willing to do it.
Until we stop trying to quantify what we do and who we are using medical models of documentation that are just bull s*** in black ink when it comes to actual patient care.
Constipation is constipation, dammit.
Not: “Elimination, impaired,
- secondary to post-operative pain meds
- required due to S/P hip surgery,
- secondary to hip fracture,
- caused by a mechanical fall at patient’s residence
- because of improper lighting
- resulting in hazardous living conditions
- because of patient’s lack of ladder to remedy said lighting deficiency
- secondary to patient purchasing cigarettes
- instead of household items.”
(You think that’s funny? I lived it. There is a hospital in San Jose that required exactly that type of documentation! I exaggerate much less than you imagine.)
In fact, constipation IS a diagnosis. So we have to couch it in fancy terms because…..
We’ll be respected!
By the doctors!
The patients already respect us, for the most part. We’re in the top three most respected professions according to a recent public poll I’d love to cite if I could remember where I saw it.
The hospital administrators damn well respect us, even though they never let us know. All we have to do to shut a hospital down is not show up for work.
We are the reason that patients are hospitalized. It’s called nursing care.
And only nurses can provide it
But the doctors!
You want a doctor to respect you?
- Know your patients
- Advocate for your patients
- Give excellent, safe nursing care to your patients.
- Act like a professional on the job
- Dress like a professional on the job
- BE the professional you are, no matter how many letters you do or don’t have after your name
Because I don’t care if you manage a nursing company, edit a respected nursing journal, conduct nursing research, provide primary care as a nurse pratitioner, teach at a nursing school, manage a med surg floor or stand at the bedside eight hours a day.
We are ALL nurses.
NURSING IS NOT MEDICINE.
So, please, let’s stop trying to emulate what we think a profession should be and be what our profession is.
The profession of patient care. Be it in the research lab, the editorial office, the Cheif Nursing Officer chair, the nursing manager’s’ office or at the actual bed of the patient, be it with an ADN, BSN, MSN or PhDNsc.
We are all in this together. Stop trying to drive wedges between us. We have many unique ways to come to nursing.
Let’s embrace them all and let every other profession deal with us.
After this one, it’s rather tame!