Nurses Appreciation Thread (and a bit of a rant)

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    Feb 04, 2013 12:34 AM GMT
    So I'm a nurse. Some guys see the pics of me in scrubs or my lab coat and assume I'm a physician. Or when im in my scrubs running errands after work and a grueling 12 hr shift. SOME (key word) People usually seem very interested in me (not that that is my rant here) and then when I tell them I'm a nurse, they lose interest, say something like "oh nice," and either stop messaging or just walk away. SOME people see nurses as the lowest form of life in healthcare, but we do and know so much more than people give us credit for, especially Hollywood. We are represented (well the women) as sexy, nymphs that drs just have affairs with, or dumb fucks who kill patients. I'm frustrated by the stereotypes. Overall my experience has been positive, I love what I do, I LOVE being a nurse and I'm proud of it. Any other nurses here? What has your experience been?


    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between life and death.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just have the educated eyes that prevent medical errors, injuries and other catastrophes.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between healing, coping, and despair.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between pain and comfort.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just a nurse researcher who helps nurses and doctors give better, safer and more effective care.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just a professor of nursing who educates future generations of nurses.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just work in a major teaching hospital managing and monitoring patients who are involved in cutting edge experimental research.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just educate patients and families about how to maintain their health.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just a geriatric nurse practitioner. I just make the difference between staying in their own home and going to a nursing home.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between dying in agony and dying in comfort and with dignity.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just central to the real bottom-line in health care.

    Don’t you want to join us and be just a nurse too?



    By Suzanne Gordon

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    Feb 04, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    i know what you mean....you might not perform surgeries but you know the procedures and have the background information..some nurses actually are smarter than doctors..scratch that i mean they are more knowledgeable than E.R doctors. Hell i figured this out from watching "Nurse Jackie" icon_twisted.gif and its the same within my field..paralegals usually know more than lawyers...but yet they get little acknowledgement.
  • blueandgold

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    Feb 04, 2013 1:02 AM GMT
    tereseus1 saidi know what you mean....you might not perform surgeries but you know the procedures and have the background information..some nurses actually are smarter than doctors..scratch that i mean they are more knowledgeable than E.R doctors. Hell i figured this out from watching "Nurse Jackie" and its the same within my field..paralegals usually know more than lawyers...but yet they get little acknowledgement.


    You're tripping dude. You shouldn't form professional opinions based on cable television shows.


    Its a good show though. I like zoey
  • chameleon

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    Feb 04, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    I am a nurse, also. Mostly I have had really good experiences. It has been a great job, I am always learning and meeting new people. I dont feel as though people look down on me for it. Usually people seem to think it is great that I am a guy and a nurse. I have been mistaken for a doctor on more than one occasion, and I just laugh it off and correct them. If my profession changes someones opinion of me, what do I care? That doesn't sound like someone I need in my life
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    I've been a nurse for 6 years and I too, have been mistaken for a doctor. Interesting enough, it's either the patient's families or other doctors who think I'm part of the medical team. But in my experience, I've never been regarded as a low form of healthcare. People say great things when they find out I'm an RN. I've also noticed that when it comes to dealing with doctors, they have more respect for male nurses. They talk differently to me (more positive) than my female coworkers.

    As for Hollywood, I don't think the production staff initiates any research to figure out the appreciation for male nurses. Case in point, the episode in "Scrubs" where Ricky Schroder was a male nurse and got rejected by a female doctor when she discovered his title. NBC took some heat from the American Nurses Association regarding that episode but basically stated (the studio) that it's just comedy. So stereotyping will always be there from Hollywood but in real life, we are saving lives and that's what matters.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 04, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    That's interesting that you think that you're at the bottom. I'm a medical imaging technologist and we constantly feel that we're abused by nurses who think they are above us. There are lab techs and assistants and a hundred other professionals in hospitals aside from us. The general public thinks it's all Doctors and Nurses. The rest of us are invisible.
  • Medjai

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    Feb 04, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    Nursing is a women's job.
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    I've encountered both, but sometimes I've encountered the disinterest and stereotyping (for some reason gay guys are the worst at this lol) I'm proud of being a nurse, I'm very active in the community, was a board member of my state's SNA...I love what I do, my "calling" came later in life, but I'm glad it came! This is definitely what I'm meant to be doing and that's why I'm so passionate about it and get frustrated by the stereotypes.
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidThat's interesting that you think that you're at the bottom. I'm a medical imaging technologist and we constantly feel that we're abused by nurses who think they are above us. There are lab techs and assistants and a hundred other professionals in hospitals aside from us. The general public thinks it's all Doctors and Nurses. The rest of us are invisible.


    I don't think I'm at the bottom, I didn't say that. I said some, operative word some, think that we are lower than Drs.
    And techs do a great job, being a pct is HARD work! I appreciate all our pcts and techs at all levels.
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Medjai saidNursing is a women's job.


    Go back to the 50's pls.
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    I have to say two words...Thank you!
    I am currently doing my residency and though I have had great training from other physicians, those first few months, the nurses were the ones that saved my life when I was on nights, by myself dealing with 60+ patients all who were acutely ill. You guys are awesome and I have the up most respect for what you do, and for the many times you caught my errors and gracefully told me that I was making a mistake..."I am not telling you what to do, but usually we do ..." and for everything you put up with, even with the attitude of many of my colleagues.
    Resident!
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    you're a hot nurse
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    i was a nurse now a doctor.....i'm proud to be both.
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    My mom was in Nursing School back in 84, before she passed. I've got the capacity to love like a learn, but not the stomach to deal with the heartache and loss of patients. My selfish needs to hold onto people, binds me. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    Kai808 saidSo I'm a nurse. Some guys see the pics of me in scrubs or my lab coat and assume I'm a physician. Or when im in my scrubs running errands after work and a grueling 12 hr shift. SOME (key word) People usually seem very interested in me (not that that is my rant here) and then when I tell them I'm a nurse, they lose interest, say something like "oh nice," and either stop messaging or just walk away. SOME people see nurses as the lowest form of life in healthcare, but we do and know so much more than people give us credit for, especially Hollywood. We are represented (well the women) as sexy, nymphs that drs just have affairs with, or dumb fucks who kill patients. I'm frustrated by the stereotypes. Any other nurses here? What has your experience been?


    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between life and death.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just have the educated eyes that prevent medical errors, injuries and other catastrophes.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between healing, coping, and despair.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between pain and comfort.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just a nurse researcher who helps nurses and doctors give better, safer and more effective care.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just a professor of nursing who educates future generations of nurses.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just work in a major teaching hospital managing and monitoring patients who are involved in cutting edge experimental research.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just educate patients and families about how to maintain their health.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just a geriatric nurse practitioner. I just make the difference between staying in their own home and going to a nursing home.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I just make the difference between dying in agony and dying in comfort and with dignity.

    I’m just a nurse.

    I’m just central to the real bottom-line in health care.

    Don’t you want to join us and be just a nurse too?




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    I don't really think I would turn someone away because they were a nurse. However, from knowing a few nurses I know they tend to be very very busy and work incredibly long hours and varying schedules, so I imagine if a guy is a little more clingy to a boyfriend they may not like having to take back seat to a career. But I'm certainly not an authority on the subject icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    Well obviously SOME people are idiots. I almost exclusively go see nurses and physicians assistants but rarely go see a doctor. I feel like nurses are on the front line and have way better bed side manner than most doctors. Plus, after teaching pre-med and pre-nursing students for the past three years in my lab, I can tell you the nursing students are much nicer/less cocky. Keep up the great work!
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    Feb 04, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    Soccerstud4 saidyou're a hot nurse


    +10

    judging from the way you look i'd assume you're a doctor too.

    if i was sick i'd still want you to treat me and none of these real "doctors" icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Feb 04, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    Lehurrdurr said
    Soccerstud4 saidyou're a hot nurse


    +10

    judging from the way you look i'd assume you're a doctor too.

    if i was sick i'd still want you to treat me and none of these real "doctors" icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    Aww you're sweet, thanks!
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    Feb 04, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor said
    Medjai saidNursing is a women's job.

    What a PRICK!
    No.. Bitching is a woman's job and you do more than your fair share of it on RJ. I don't know how your man stands you.....icon_rolleyes.gif


    Don't worry, I hope he doesn't need his sorry ass saved by a MALE nurse some day.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 04, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    Hey, thanks for your good work! I have friends who are nurses, both men and women... you work your butt off! A good nurse is worth their weight in gold.

    Thanks for your efforts!

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    TheGuyNextDoor said
    Medjai saidNursing is a women's job.

    What a PRICK!
    No.. Bitching is a woman's job and you do more than your fair share of it on RJ. I don't know how your man stands you.....icon_rolleyes.gif


    Some guys muse be masochists icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 04, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidHey, thanks for your good work! I have friends who are nurses, both men and women... you work your butt off! A good nurse is worth their weight in gold.

    Thanks for your efforts!

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    Thank you sir icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 04, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    When my late sister Katia was diagnosed with terminal cancer the nurses offered her so much support. I know Dr's have to build up a shield when it comes to telling patients such news, they are often too cold though. I thanks the nurses who looked after her needs, the male nurse was quite cute too! icon_redface.gif

    I remember one nurse would read from the Bible to my sister (she was Christian) when her medication caused her to be unable to read to herself. I found that so heart warming. I appreciate your hard work.
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    Feb 04, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    Good for you and all the other nurses out there! You guys can do things that majority of people do not have the strength to do - looking out and sympathizing for those who have been hurt and are in a recovery process or on the path to the end. One of the main reasons why nursing never even come across my thought as a possible future career was the extremely close relationship a nurse can develop with a patient, and the resulting burden from such a relationship in a very vulnerable situation.

    Nurses - both male and female - are one of the most amazing groups of people out there. So many things can be done wrong, but most of them do it right, and that alone is something awe-worthy. Great job, and keep up the good work! icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 04, 2013 4:21 AM GMT
    Nurses, whether male or female, are AWESOME!

    P.S. Are you available to stop by and make sure I've taken all my medicine each night?? icon_wink.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif