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Over the counter viagra Ah, over the counter viagra the Nursing Olympics!

Over the counter viagra Here we see the U.S Synchronized Study Team.

Over the counter viagra The judge, over the counter viagra visible at the end of the table, over the counter viagra will look for uniform cap placement, over the counter viagra the exact angle of the binders, over the counter viagra the uniformity of handwriting and the perfect 90 degree angle of the elbows.

Over the counter viagra Should they meet the stringent criteria, over the counter viagra they will receive the coveted Gold Stethoscope.

Over the counter viagra Which will inadvertently be taken by a physician who asks to borrow it.

(Here’s how long I’ve been a nurse: I was once told by a colleague to get a pink stethoscope because no doctor, over the counter viagra being male, over the counter viagra would walk off with a pink stethoscope. Over the counter viagra Yeah, over the counter viagra I’m old!)

But in defense of doctors, over the counter viagra I recently worked with an ED doc who was frantically searching for his stethoscope. Over the counter viagra Could not find it anywhere. Over the counter viagra Finally, over the counter viagra one of the nurses found it. Over the counter viagra Around my neck. Over the counter viagra Along with my own stethoscope. Over the counter viagra Truly a red-faced moment.


Change of Shift is now up at the INQRI Blog (The Blog of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative). Over the counter viagra The focus is on education, over the counter viagra and was the inspiration behind this post. Over the counter viagra The next CoS will be hosted by Mamatrauma and submissions can be sent to “clynewarnr at earthlink dot net”.

Leslie at Getting Closer to Myself will be hosting the next Patients for a Moment blog carnival, over the counter viagra so send your submissions! Check the link to her blog for the post with all the information!


It was a quiet night in the ED; we were shooting the bull about various topics. Over the counter viagra I said I would be graduating in May with my BSN and applying to a PhD program next month.

And then came the question.

“Hey Kim, over the counter viagra if you are going to go through all that education, over the counter viagra why don’t you just become a doctor?”

I explained how nursing is an independent discipline with it’s own body of knowledge and research, over the counter viagra that nursing and medicine were separate professions…

I wasn’t getting my point across.

But then I thought of a better question.

“If you are going to go through all that education, over the counter viagra why don’t you become a pharmacist?”

Doesn’t make sense, over the counter viagra does it?

Neither does the nurse/doctor question.


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Over the counter viagra Do you remember that old television commercial, over the counter viagra “If caring were enough, over the counter viagra anybody could be a nurse?”

Over the counter viagra Or this poster, over the counter viagra which singlehandedly pulled me out of burnout?

Over the counter viagra Caring is the heart of nursing. Over the counter viagra I’d even say it defines nursing (see: Jean Watson).

Over the counter viagra But, over the counter viagra the  foundation of nursing is comprised of anatomy, over the counter viagra physiology, over the counter viagra psychology, over the counter viagra lifespan development, over the counter viagra pathophysiology, over the counter viagra philosophy, over the counter viagra sociology, over the counter viagra ethics, over the counter viagra multicultural studies, over the counter viagra critical thinking, over the counter viagra leadership, over the counter viagra statistics, over the counter viagra research and

Over the counter viagra Nursing Science!

Over the counter viagra Why is this so hard for people to understand?

Over the counter viagra What is the problem?


Oh, over the counter viagra I know the usual spiel: nurses used to be “trained” in hospitals, over the counter viagra nurses deferred to doctors, over the counter viagra nursing did not require a college degree, over the counter viagra nurses could not practice independently, over the counter viagra nurses just did basic care…yadda, over the counter viagra yadda, over the counter viagra yadda.

And that was all true.

About 70 years ago.

Well, over the counter viagra it’s the 21st century, over the counter viagra folks. Over the counter viagra Let’s drop those excuses once and for all.

There is absolutely no reason for anyone alive today to not understand exactly what nursing is and what nurses do.

We need to talk about it.

Hell, over the counter viagra we need to bring it up. At every opportunity.

And please, over the counter viagra spare me the nurse recruitment videos with the emotional music and nursing sitting there talking about how they feel they are making a difference. Over the counter viagra Show me a video with nursing talking about making a difference while discussing what it means to be a nurse. Over the counter viagra The education involved.  The ability to think critically. Over the counter viagra The ability to work under pressure. Over the counter viagra The ability to be flexible. Over the counter viagra The ability to stand up and advocate for your patient.

For your profession.

And why it is worth pursuing!


Frankly, over the counter viagra it takes a good pair of “cohones” to be a nurse. Over the counter viagra The education is intense and the profession is challenging.

If you want to “help people”, over the counter viagra go volunteer at a convalescent home.

If you want to care for people as a professional nurse, over the counter viagra you’ll study harder and work harder than you ever imagined.

And when you’ve done that, over the counter viagra you’ll “make a difference” in ways you never dreamed of.

So yeah, over the counter viagra I’m a little sensitive when someone asks me “Why don’t you just become a doctor?”.

I don’t want to be a doctor.

I’m a Registered Nurse.

Now let me tell you why….

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  • 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

    February 21, 2010 at 7:10 am

    There were just too many great points to this blog post. Thanks for reading my mind!
    I love it!

  • Ckemtp - Life Under the Lights
    Ckemtp - Life Under the Lights

    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

    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

    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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  • Beverly

    February 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I want to be a registered nurse because I like working with people.
    This articles explains the difference:


  • Jen

    March 3, 2010 at 7:24 am

    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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  • Graham McIntosh
    Graham McIntosh

    March 22, 2011 at 11:23 am

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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