Friday, March 06, 2015

Nursing is complete bullshit part 2

In what other job is the public allowed to come into your workplace and act like complete assholes?  They can act like 2 year olds with no consequences.  They can call you names, threaten you verbally and sometimes physically and we are supposed to "understand". Bullshit. I am sick and tired of people treating us badly. I am not going to "therapeutically communicate" with someone who is calling me names. It is ridiculous.

Just because you are sick or your family is worried about you doesn't give you the right to bring your dysfunctional bullshit into the hospital. Nurses are idiots to allow it. We show how dysfunctional we are when we do allow it.  I honestly think you have to be somewhat of a masochist to be a nurse.

All of this passive bullshit is drilled into nurses heads starting in nursing school where we are taught to "therapeutically communicate" and "understand" when people are under stress.  We are not taught to assert ourselves to stand up for our dignity as human beings. We are taught to be doormats for the medical profession.  Let people abuse us.. Work under horrendous working conditions, not taking breaks, throwing out our backs, developing stress related illnesses. Have no control over our job. Let the people who are in management make lots of money off our back.  We take our frustration out on each other.

It is insanity this job of nursing. It gets more insane daily, but we go along with it, wanting so badly to please everybody by killing ourselves. It is truly pathetic.

This is the untalked about reality of nursing.  It is the truth about nursing  We pretend its not like this, lie to ourselves about it,  When we stop pretending this reality of nursing doesn't exist, it will be the beginning of change. I'm not getting my hopes up.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

nursing is total bullshit

Nursing is really just a horrible job. It is self abuse. You have to be nuts to be a nurse. You are overworked. You have tremendous responsibility with lack of compensation. You are treated like shit by patients, doctors, administrators, even co workers.

Here's the thing: Nurses put up with all of this and then feel guilty they would demand to ask it to be different. We don't feel worthy of having better working conditions. We let people put more and more shit on our shoulders every day.

We get high blood pressure, have stomach problems, are depressed.  We literally kill ourselves in a thankless jobs and tell ourselves its all okay because we are "helping people".  Such bullshit.

Nursing is not a calling, that too is bullshit spread by people who think we should sacrifice ourselves for the good of humanity.  Nursing is a JOB, like any other job. We are not special.  We make an hourly wage and put in hours just like anybody else.  The whole "calling" thing, "helping humanity" crap hurts nursing.  It allows us to not get the pay we deserve and to keep being treated like second class citizens in the medical profession.  Oh, its okay, we can give the nurses a 1% raise and cut their benefits. They won't care because they won't stand up for themselves anyway. Meanwhile the people who are saying this are earning bonuses off of our hard work and sweat.

So, nurses, you keep telling yourself that this job is your calling,, you are "serving humanity", blah blah blah. You keep letting everybody shit on you on a daily basis. If we are okay with working under these conditions, we deserve what we get.

(cue all the people who live in this fantasy world of nursing and defend all the bullshit)

Monday, March 02, 2015

nurse Nina Pham who had ebola sues her hospital employer

Nina Pham, the first nurse to contract ebola in Texas has filed a lawsuit against the hospital she worked for claiming that they were not prepared to deal with ebola. They didn't have the proper equipment and did not train the nurses on how to care for an ebola patient.

She also states that they violated her privacy by announcing her name to the public and filming her in her room without her permission.  She says they tried to use her to save their reputation.

I am sure they will settle with her out of court, just like they settled with the family of Thomas Duncan. They don't want all of this dragged through court. Their reputation is already down the toilet.

Neither Pham or Amber Vinson have returned to work after going through this. Pham states she has had physical and emotional problems.  I can only imagine.

She implies the hospital where she works was more interested in its reputation than it was in her.

This isn't a big surprise. Nowadays a hospitals reputation is everything.  There is so much competition between hospitals. If a hospital has bad publicity, they worry it will affect their bottom line: MONEY. That is the purpose of hospitals in this day in age: to make money. To specialize in things that make money: cardiology,  neurology, orthopedics, different types of surgery. Doctors in specialties make out like bandits and administrators make a few million a year plus bonuses.  All in "non -profit" hospitals.

When are nurses going to understand that the only people that will take care of us, ensure our safety is US. We certainly can't depend on administrators to take care of us. They are going to try and get by as cheaply as possible. I have big news for you: They don't care about you.  You are replaceable.  With a newer nurse that is cheaper.

The only thing that protects us are organizations that bring us together to demand our rights and yes, that is usually in the form of a union.

Friday, February 27, 2015

I work in a high tech nursing home

When I am in triage I see just how acute our ER has become.  It is one train wreck after another.  People with chronic complicated illnesses. Very old people. People who don't speak english. More and more of the mentally ill.  The homeless.  Drug seekers. Drunks.

The days of lacerations, ankle sprains, appys and such  are long gone and they ain't coming back.  Our inner city ER has become a place for those with complex medical or social problems, on the one hand, or a place for the hood rats to use as a clinic for abdominal pain, back pain, colds, etc.

Sometimes it feels like I work in a high tech nursing home.

I pity the ER nurses of the future.