It can happen to any nurse.
At any time.
When you least expect it.
Your co-worker may not even suspect she suffers from it.
Male nurses may be immune, but it is the scourge of the nursing professional.
Smooshed Cap Syndrome!
Oh, the horror!!!!!!!!
I’m caring for a young woman with a touch of the flu. She is accompanied by her boyfriend.
The young man looks at me and asks, “Are you one of those ‘practitioners’?”
I look up from the IV and answer, “I’m a registered nurse.”
“How did you do that?”, he asks.
“Well, I went to college and received a degree in nursing.” I explained that you can do a two-year or a four-year program, but that the two-year program was anything but two years; just doing the pre-requisites alone could take at least a year. I said that it was probably better to do the four-year BSN degree, as the ADN programs can take just as long.”
“Are you serious?” He looked shocked.
“Yes….you have to attend a college or university to be a registered nurse.”
“Oh man, aren’t there any trade schools out there that you can go to?”
Say freaking WHAT? Now it was my turn to drop my jaw. I think I kept my composure.
“Um…no…nursing education is definitely at the college or university level. You can’t do it any other way.”
This young man was too young to remember the diploma programs, so he wasn’t talking about those when he asked about “trade schools”.
I honestly think this kid thought you went to the “Bryman School” or “Western Career College” to be a registered nurse.
I’m not sure why his lack of knowledge was so surprising to me. He definitely left that night with the correct information.
I wonder how many other people out there have no clue about what it takes to be a nurse or even what being a nurse is all about?