Here we see the U.S Synchronized Study Team.
The judge, visible at the end of the table, will look for uniform cap placement, the exact angle of the binders, the uniformity of handwriting and the perfect 90 degree angle of the elbows.
Should they meet the stringent criteria, they will receive the coveted Gold Stethoscope.
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, being male, would walk off with a pink stethoscope. Yeah, I’m old!)
But in defense of doctors, I recently worked with an ED doc who was frantically searching for his stethoscope. Could not find it anywhere. Finally, one of the nurses found it. Around my neck. Along with my own stethoscope. Truly a red-faced moment.
Change of Shift is now up at the INQRI Blog (The Blog of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative). The focus is on education, and was the inspiration behind this post. The next CoS will be hosted by Mamatrauma and submissions can be sent to “clynewarnr at earthlink dot net”.
It was a quiet night in the ED; we were shooting the bull about various topics. 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, if you are going to go through all that education, 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, 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, why don’t you become a pharmacist?”
Doesn’t make sense, does it?
Neither does the nurse/doctor question.
Do you remember that old television commercial, “If caring were enough, anybody could be a nurse?”
Or this poster, which singlehandedly pulled me out of burnout?
Caring is the heart of nursing. I’d even say it defines nursing (see: Jean Watson).
But, the foundation of nursing is comprised of anatomy, physiology, psychology, lifespan development, pathophysiology, philosophy, sociology, ethics, multicultural studies, critical thinking, leadership, statistics, research and …
Why is this so hard for people to understand?
What is the problem?
Oh, I know the usual spiel: nurses used to be “trained” in hospitals, nurses deferred to doctors, nursing did not require a college degree, nurses could not practice independently, nurses just did basic care…yadda, yadda, yadda.
And that was all true.
About 70 years ago.
Well, it’s the 21st century, folks. 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, we need to bring it up. At every opportunity.
And please, spare me the nurse recruitment videos with the emotional music and nursing sitting there talking about how they feel they are making a difference. Show me a video with nursing talking about making a difference while discussing what it means to be a nurse. The education involved. The ability to think critically. The ability to work under pressure. The ability to be flexible. The ability to stand up and advocate for your patient.
For your profession.
And why it is worth pursuing!
Frankly, it takes a good pair of “cohones” to be a nurse. The education is intense and the profession is challenging.
If you want to “help people”, go volunteer at a convalescent home.
If you want to care for people as a professional nurse, you’ll study harder and work harder than you ever imagined.
And when you’ve done that, you’ll “make a difference” in ways you never dreamed of.
So yeah, 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….