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Originally posted by Binder
reply to post by dbloch7986
The first year or two I was a nurse I was sick as heck a lot of the time. It was a combination of stress, and exposure. Now after a decade in, you're right I hardly ever get sick. The immune system is an awesome thing. We also have to get all sorts of immunizations, and have titers drawn to make sure we are still immune to a lot of the real common junk.
The first couple of years of nursing really is hell on earth. you are the new guy, and the old rule "FTNG" rules in nursing too. I am a very senior member of my team now, and I watch out for the new kids. There is an old saying that nurses eat their young, and unfortunately it is all too true. I don't plan on ever having that said about me. I have a friend who was a combat marine in Vietnam, and he said there are days on the unit that he misses Saigon!
A thousand truths live within every lie regarding where that person is in life and what their situation is. Behind every lie, there's a subjectively valid reason within the person with some very understandable reasons. I also work with marginalized populations as a nurse, and can identify with how challenging it is to simply have an open conversation with a client. There's such a distrust of healthcare in general among these populations because they're so used to being treated horribly within the system, and have been so conditioned to feeling like nobody cares (both from the system and life circumstances in general). I've heard such horrible stories from clients of how ER staff can be with them, and unfortunately I have heard this story from both sides. ER nurses usually look at these clients as self-destructive and won't even give a second look at their situation. These people usually aren't even lucky enough to see a doctor, and if they do, they're normally more judgmental than the nurses who admitted them.
Originally posted by Wotan
reply to post by Binder
Thanks for your rant post. I too am a Registered Nurse (UK) and male. What you said rings also true here in the UK. I am now fortunate to not work in a general hospital setting (I was in Orthopaedics) but I now work with perhaps one of the hardest groups of patients ....... prisoners. They ALWAYS lie ...... well 99.98% do, so one always has to do some detective work to actually find out what they are after or want
If there are any UK NHS specific questions, I'll try and help out if I can.