Great to see some hands-on nursing perspective to counter-balance some of the discussion happening elsewhere.
Real easy to have an opinion without experience.
No doubt there are Nurses who are only in it for the paycheck...but from what I've seen over two decades its a tinsey tiny percentage...like count on
the fingers of one hand...after an accident with a bandsaw...but then again I do hope people understand that speaks more about those specific
individuals rather than the entire Nursing fraternity...and those individuals would likely be useless in whatever profession they entered anyway.
Anyone doubting that only needs to take a peak at my bank balance to see I'm soooo not in it for the payday - heh, sometimes wife (who is also a
Nurse) and I are living from payday to payday...
Nurses - and so many of the other frontline staff like Nurse Aides/HCAs, Support Staff, Lab Staff are some of the most undervalued and under-resourced
parts of the whole system...and yet to be fair we're pretty much the cogs it all spins on day to day.
We're damn good at what we do, damn committed, damn passionate and will take it to the enth degree.
Thats who we are. Thats why we're Nurses.
One thing some
seem to get twisted is this concept that the Nurses (and other medical professionals) role is to sustain and/or save life.
Yeah, without a doubt thats part of it...certainly not the whole though.
Its to provide *care* yes...but that also includes providing *compassion*, *connection*, *consideration*...sometimes through providing those it can
look, to 'outsiders', like we're not providing one or more of them. That would be quite a mistaken perception to have.
Its been said many many times its not as simple as 'save a life'.
I'd argue in many ways its also the seemingly incongruent position of both
being part of keeping someone away from deaths door and
part of the process of a persons journey through it if
thats how it unfolds.
Thinking back on the people/patients who have impacted me the most, who sit in my head as reminders of what and why we do this - yeah, theres a few
who were snatched from the clutches...and absolutely thats celebrated.
There are those who despite all efforts just didn't make it...who sit there like a thorn under your skin with all the 'what ifs' and the 'coulda,
shoulda, woulda' questions we always seem to beat ourselves up with.
But there are also many whose greatest impact was not the saving, but the soothing
as they passed....people who had - and this sounds so cliche
and even a tad disrespectful to even attempt to put into words - allowed me to be present as they passed.
That's a gift of grace that no person can ever describe or devalue either.
...really isn't so black and white...
edit on 6-3-2013 by alien because: (no reason given)