Court TV Message Board...Rude Nurses

  1. This was a huge thread, didn't get a chance to read it all but thought I would share this
  2. 50 Comments

  3. by   obillyboy
    Hi there folks. After reading the first 4 pages it was enough for me. I feel that the big problem with the public in general is that they have little to no idea what it is we do in a shift.
    I find no fault with the thoughts that were shared in the postings.
    I only wish that we could educate the public more to the challenges that we face in a day.
    nurses number many in the world as well as here in the states. If we would or could band together the things we might do would be beyond belief.
    It is true that there are bad apples in every bunch , but I believe them to be the minority.
    Sorry if I went of track just had to share a few thoughts I had while reading the other posts on the OP's link.
    Thanks for your time.

    Much Peace
  4. by   obillyboy
    Sorry.........of should be off
    Much Peace
  5. by   plumrn
    I'm with you...after the first few pages, I had a knot in my stomach. It's sad to hear so many people think "all nurses are rude". We all know there are rude nurses, doctors, plumbers, teachers, etc. In my opinion, I've seen more rude people in other fields than I have in nursing. People just really do not understand the magnitude of responsibility we carry on our shoulders every day. Many would crumble, and could not survive one day in our shoes, if they dealt with what we do every day. Not patting ourselves on the back, just trying to get some understanding. We stick with it because of all the ones we do help, that do appreciate what we do for them. The feeling you walk away with after a good day as a nurse, is worth its weight in gold.
  6. by   URO-RN
    Nurse bashing.. . as if there were no rude lawyers,docs etc. Gosh, rudeness is everywhere and in every profession.
    Perhaps, whoever started the thread over there has issues...
  7. by   SharonH, RN
    I read the entire thing. It wasn't as painful as I feared, in fact some of the nurses on board represented very well and I was pleased to see many of the general public come to our defense with thank yous to specific nurses at specific hospitals.

    I did get a hoot out of some of the comments like the doofus who said that working at McDonalds is just as stressful as working at nursing.. Yeah that's a valid comparison. I'm sure that the stress of getting a burger order right is pretty nerve-wracking compared to being responsible for caring for a crashing patient. How stupid can people be?
    Last edit by SharonMH31 on Dec 29, '04
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Ahhh you good nurses, please take it in stride. And if you feel it may apply, you can do your part to change it. But in so many cases that is a tall order. Some people CANNOT be pleased......

    Yes, I am sorry people perceived nurses this way, but you know what? We cannot please everyone---- and yet we ARE expected to do just that. We are expected to please everyone from Administration, to our managers, to the doctors, to patients and family members, and of course, JCAHO. EVERYONE is our "customer" now from lab to cardio to PT, not just our patients.....

    From the patients' perspectives, well, My guess is some nurses seem rude due to the harried shifts they pull. I know lately I am ready to quit bedside nursing altogether with all the stuff I am dealing with at work. We have changed how we chart, give meds and a number of other major procedures in just a few months. It's been crazy and very, very stressful.

    And this is what is so sad: Nowadays, I spend WAY too damn much time behind a computer instead of at the bedside. I am fast becoming disillusioned, despite being a generally optimistic nurse. The final nail in the coffin is fast coming, I am afraid The only winners in healthcare today are really the lawyers and insurance companies. It's beyond sad....So I see the writing on the wall--- I need to hurry up and get my degree so I can move away from bedside nursing. It's just not what it should be anymore. And maybe I am perceived as cranky myself.......even though I came into nursing to be a healer. I feel stymied. So are nurses "rude"? I bet some really are. All I can say, is I am doing my best under increasingly stressful constraints on my time to be the nurse I want to be. I really feel like crying some days now....

    Ah---- well I just got off a busy 13 hours at work. I guess my post makes no sense and I am rambling...sorry. But I still say "if the shoe fits"...well you know. Peace out.
  9. by   mattsmom81
    We are little more than service workers in the public's eye...and judged like a sales clerk. if we don't jump to the 'customer's' every whim they tend to complain these days.

    We can thank hospital administrators for this..they are the ones selling us as service workers vs professionals who deserve respect. Nobody blames a physician for refusing to see a patient who curses at him, is uncooperative, etc. Nurses however are expected to take it...with a smile.
  10. by   Roy Fokker
    <sarcasm>Hey, we are "Angels of Mercy" remember? Can't make no mistakes now! And ofcourse, we also dress up in slutty clothes.... <end sarcasm>

    Public perception of nurses and nursing is unfortunately built largely by the media. And yes, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease" - unfortunately.

    And I agree with deb -- the first thing that struck me when I went through my healthcare delivery class was this: "This is BS! MDs, Nurses and Hospital admin are working more with the fear of a lawsuit than with what ought to be done for the patient! The god****ed lawyer has more power than an MD or a Nurse! Absolutely ridiculous!" If this is the feeling I got from a CLASS - I can only wonder how you nurses put up with it day after day!

    Ahhh, sorry fopr the rambling post. Been a long day ...
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Dec 30, '04
  11. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Public is going to believe what they want to believe, let's not forget, Bill Cosby who said "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone".
  12. by   URO-RN
    Or ..."If you try to please everybody somebody won't like it".
  13. by   barefootlady
    Let's face it, we are rude sometimes. But the sometimes is the key. Overall, we are people pleasers, and,overall, we do a good job. Sometimes we cannot stop in the middle of a code and get someone a pill or a shot and those patients then think we are rude or uncaring. But overall, we are kind, caring and considerate.
  14. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from barefootlady
    Let's face it, we are rude sometimes. But the sometimes is the key. Overall, we are people pleasers, and,overall, we do a good job. Sometimes we cannot stop in the middle of a code and get someone a pill or a shot and those patients then think we are rude or uncaring. But overall, we are kind, caring and considerate.
    very true.
    i think often times people confuse frazzled with rudeness.