Why another nurse blog?
Because I am yet to be satisfied with the nurse blogs that currently exist (no offense to any of you nurse bloggers). Or maybe I just haven’t found the right ones?
I have read a few articles from nurse blogs that have fabulous content, but sub-par writing. My writing isn’t always grand, but at least I attempt to use spell-check and do a quick edit. Also, reading one gigantic (like, 3 page-long) paragraph is not appealing.
Or the blog is, “I am this really kind, compassionate, wonderful person and being a nurse is the most important job in the entire universe and if you don’t like it you should find another job. Sometimes I just go home and cry because I am so happy to have the honor of being a nurse.”
Right. Good for you. But, I call bullshit. Don’t tell me that you have never disliked your job. And I guarantee you are not compassionate 100% of the time. And also, that is boring.
Or the blog is, “Nursing is the worst, worst, worst thing that ever happened. EVER. If you are thinking about nursing school…Run away!”
Fair enough. We all have these moments. Also, kind of boring.
It isn’t all good or all horrible. Like anything else in the world, it is quite complex!
So…here is my attempt to be honest/real/serious/funny about a profession that is frequently portrayed in the mainstream (& almost always portrayed wrong).
A few more disclaimers: If I am writing about a particular story, names have been changed. All events & other random details have been changed. This is obviously to follow HIPAA guidelines (privacy), and not be a general asshole. So, this is more creative non-fiction than non-fiction. Some things may be completely made-up. Just saying.
*Please share any nurse blogs/blogs with nursing articles. As long as they are semi-coherent & use occasional paragraphs.
Just a word. Right?
I am really not thrilled with the word “nurse.” I’m certainly not offended by it, nor am I actively rallying to change the name. But, nurse implies “nursing” a baby, being a “nurse maid,” “nursing” an injury, “nursing” someone back to health, etc. etc.
I am no maid & I have no babies. Just to clarify.
I do “nurse” people back to health, but so do general caregivers. Like, “Her husband is such a good nurse.”
(Note: I have incredible respect for full-time or part-time caregivers, whether family members, friends, or hired folks who may or may not have additional training. That is another topic entirely…)
The point is…a “nurse” in this sense is not the same as a person with a license. So, when I say nurse, I mean a licensed person such as an LPN or RN (either by diploma, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree). You don’t graduate nursing school & magically become a nurse. You get a degree (i.e. “Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing”), but then you need to take the boards (& pass obviously) to be a licensed nurse.
And, no, a nurse’s aid is not a nurse. I did nurse’s aid work off and on for 7 years in various environments (nursing home, home care, assisted living, hospital). So, yep, I also have great respect for a good nurse’s aid (& work with many). The only reason I even bother mentioning that is because occasionally I encounter a nurse’s aid who says “I’m a nurse.” That is very misleading. And potentially dangerous and stuff.
The point is: If you are not a nurse, don’t say you are a nurse. I generally do not make a practice of telling people I am a physician.
Enough about that!
So…this category is all about being a nurse! And, yes, I’m sure plenty of other healthcare workers (from housekeepers to phlebotomists to surgeons) can relate. Well, okay. Maybe not surgeons. They have no soul.
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