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13 Comments

  • Teri Yarbrough
    Teri Yarbrough

    February 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    You are so right on. I’m so tired of TV shows, movies, and people who don’t understand nursing demeaning our PROFESSION. I too will be getting my BSN in May and the going on to get my MSN and DNP. I,like you, take every opportunity to talk about nursing and all we do. Hopefully one day we will emerge from the “handmaiden” and “sexist” stereotype. Thanks for your post. I chose to be a Registered Nurse not a doctor.


  • Sean
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    February 21, 2010 at 7:10 am

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  • Ckemtp - Life Under the Lights
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    February 21, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I got this post on a RT and read it with interest. As a paramedic, our profession is right where you said your profession was 70 years ago. I read your post and can imagine it coming out of the mouth of any paramedic or EMT that I’ve ever known.

    While it heartens me to see that Nursing shares some of our struggles, it does not bode well for the journey that my own profession is going to have to take to get our own recognition. I agree that medicine and nursing are seperate disciplines, just as much as paramedicine and nursing are different. Your profession has nuances that I do not understand just as mine has for you. No physician could step in and perform adequtely as a nurse or a paramedic.

    I’m trumpeting this post everywhere I can. Every paramedic and EMT should read it and take it to heart. Nicely done


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  • Nurse D
    Nurse D

    February 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Loved your post. As an RN who is now in a Nurse Practitioner program, I have heard this more times than I can count, especially by family members. People don’t get it. Nurses are not “mini-doctors”. Advanced practicing nurses are not “mini-doctors”. It’s a different discipline altogether.


  • Jennifer
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    February 21, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I love the picture! I’m finishing up prerequisites, hoping to get into a BSN program for the fall. I’ve studied more in the last five weeks for Pathophysiology and Pharmacology than I did in the five years it took to get a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Now back to the books!


  • storytellerdoc
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    February 22, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Great post. The bigger question is, why didn’t I become a nurse? Regardless, we are all a team in the ER where I work and we don’t want any weak links. Thanks for all you do. Well done.


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    I always tell the “Why don’t you become a doctor?” people “If I were a doctor, they wouldn’t let me be a nurse.” I also ask the kid or parent (usually) “How much time does your doctor get to spend with you today? How much time do I get to spend with you today?” Even if they are trying, trying times, I get about 10x more patient contact hours. Then I explain that the MDs’ time is spent with paper and charts and the surgeons’ time is spent with unconscious people (not entirely true considering clinic time, but it gets the point across).


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