Let me back up a smidge. I don't often talk about work on the blog because work has it's own place and due to privacy policies, as well as social media policies in the healthcare work place, it just isn't anything that needs to come up that often.
I am not one to compare who has the worst life, but when someone tells you they are currently in nursing school…their life sucks more than yours. Sorry, but I believe it's true. Unless you're in law school, I've heard pretty brutal stories from that as well.
I honestly didn't know nursing school would be the literal death of my social life, and sleep life along with stress induced alopecia (look it up) and more breakdowns than I'd like to admit.
But you know what? I worked my tail off for my degree and I couldn't be more proud.
I put in countless sleepless nights for those two little letters behind my name, RN.
So what exactly does a day in the life of a RN include?
At the beginning of a 12 hour shift I receive report from the off going night nurse and begin to assess my 4-5 patients, pass medications, prep for procedures, advocate for patient's needs as a liaison between patient's and medical staff.
During a 12 hour shift I am required to check on each one of my patients at least once an hour, where I assess all health functions, and let me be the first to tell you, it's always more often than that.
To say I don't know whats going on with the health of my patient would not only be a false statement but one of arrogance and belittling assumptions.
When people think of a nurse, they tend to think females.
When people think of a doctor, the tend to think males.
A nurse who receives their bachelors in nursing attends school for 4 years
A doctor who received their "MD" may attend school for 10+ years
Does anyone see where this is going?
While I may have less schooling than that of a MD and while I may be a female, I am no less of a human being than anyone else who works at the hospital.
While that MD is continuing those 6 additional years of school, those are 6 years I have spent at the bedside assessing my patients for 12+ hours each day.
Did you know that's 12,500 more hours than a MD will get to spend at the bedside over the course of those 6 years?
So to tell me that I'm
"just a nurse who isn't prepared with those assessment qualifications"
"I (MD) have probably been doing this long before you were born",
is just down right flagrant, arrogant and most of all horridly unprofessional.
I was broken down by a person's words which my momma always taught me shouldn't hurt me.
As an advocate of people's health you can often step on toes, which doesn't bother me in the slightest. It is my job to save lives I will be an annoying serial phone caller if the situation calls for it.
But when you bring my gender, age and profession into the mix you're about to bring out the monster inside of me.
Now I know this 110% vague but I had to let it out and I apologize if you don't follow. It's really as much detail I can offer.
Moral of the story? Stand up for what you believe in and what your gut tells you. Don't let anyone look down on you, but rise to the occasion and prove to them you have what it takes.
And let me tell you….thats exactly what I did!
Girl power! Hear me ROAR!
Disclaimer: This is in no way a reflection of what I think of doctors as a whole.
I have brilliant coworkers and doctors in my family and I love you all!
Just discouraged by lack of politically correct actions.