22 Reasons Why It’s Difficult to Be a Nurse

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By: Susan Kieffer

To be a nurse is difficult. This article is dedicated to outstanding nurses around the world working in the trenches; working tirelessly for the good of our friends, neighbors, and loved ones who are entrusted to your tender, loving and skillful care.

Many are asking, why is it so difficult to be a nurse? Is it the job itself, difficult colleagues and physicians or your patients? Here are the 22 questions that might make you realize that being a  nurse is a daunting job.

  1. Make life-and-death decisions for 7 people based on a 5-minute shift report?
  2. Get berated by a physician for forgetting one thing when you have remembered 100 other things?
  3. Think about what you are going to have for lunch while cleaning an emesis basis or a bedpan?
  4. Have to know the etiology, classification, dosage, side effects, contraindications, and compatibility for 18,000 different medications?
  5. Need to know the significance of obscure lab results and whether the doctor should be awakened at 3am because of them?
  6. Have to obtain a physician’s order to give a patient a Tylenol but have the authority to float a Swan-Ganz catheter through a patient’s heart to measure central venous pressure and pulmonary artery pressure?
  7. Coordinate respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, dietary, social services, consulting specialists, and wound care nurses for 7 patients but somehow forget where you put your car keys?
  8. Spend 12 hours on your feet only to be told by your personal physician that you need to get more exercise?
  9. Own 20 sets of nursing scrubs and own zero sets without a stain on them?
  10. Have to learn a new corporate computer system when you are 55 years old, and you don’t even own a computer?
  11. Memorize the menus and phone numbers of every local restaurant that will deliver in the middle of the night?
  12. Being a nurse, find yourself choosing a personal physician based on how nice he or she is to nurses?
  13. Go to work when it’s still dark outside and leave work when it is again dark outside?
  14. Get floated to some random area of the hospital where you have received zero training and be expected to carry the load of a nurse who has worked the unit for 20 years?
  15. Consider a chair at the nurses’ station something worth fighting for?
  16. Learn about research findings because the administration taped them on the wall of the ladies’ room across from the toilet?
  17. Know your patients by their diagnoses and/or their room numbers rather than their names?
  18. Feel naked without a stethoscope and a pen hanging around your neck? Can nurses survive without things?
  19. Learn how to take a manual blood pressure in 15 seconds flat?
  20. Remember your worst nightmare was when you dreamt that the doctor called and you couldn’t find the patient’s chart?
  21. Feel guilty when you leave your patients for 30 minutes to have lunch?
  22. Learn to read physicians’ handwriting that resembles the graffiti on the dumpster behind the local Wal-Mart?
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5 Biggest Blunders Nurses Make in their Career!

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By: Sue Heacock

Before jumping into the article, take a look in the mirror. See the human staring back at you? Nurses, like all other members of the human race, make mistakes. We are well aware that errors made by nurses can affect their career. It can impact the progression of healing and the life span of our patients. This article will not focus on those. Instead, we will concentrate on the 5 mistakes nurses make that impact their professional standing.

  1. Blame game. We have all worked with a “blame gamer”. He/she professes perfection in every way and any inconsistencies in practice are related to someone else. It was somehow Nurse Suzie’s fault that the blame gamer’s patient was administered the wrong dose of medicine even though Suzie works on the floor 2 stories up. Blame gamers quickly establish a reputation as complainers and a colleague not to be trusted. Don’t be that person and for that matter, don’t be personally associated with that person. Guilty by association will come into play with the blame gamer.
  2. Settling. Most of us get a position and like moss on an old oak tree, settle in for the long haul. Some nurses have no desire to elevate their career and further educate themselves. They become stagnant, losing both creativity and objectivity. I believe that you should never stop learning. Go for that higher degree you have been thinking about. This is not to say that if you are happy where you are it is not noble. But continue to educate yourself and excel in the position you are in. You don’t settle for the minimum in your personal life so you should not do so in your professional life.
  3. Not taking care of yourself. The combination of sleep deprivation, improper nutrition and lack of exercise lead to a highly ineffective nurse. Let’s be honest here. You are too tired to be “all that you can be” and you end up just going through the motions of patient care. Not taking care of yourself is a mistake that not only impacts your career but shortens your life. The irony of an unhealthy nurse is that he/she is educates patients on how to properly care for themselves and then runs out for the Big Mac or for a cigarette break.
  4. Cover-ups. Covering up a mistake simply compounds the error. There are HONEST mistakes, honestly! Remember the part about being human? If not, back to the mirror with you! Covering up mistakes demonstrates your lack of ethical fiber and forever tarnishes your trustworthiness. This is a career ender. If you make an error, fess up immediately so that any adverse impact to the patient can be quickly remedied. Early reporting also leads to quick root cause analysis and the elimination of similar nursing errors in the future.
  5. Burning bridges. Remember the “settling” part a few paragraphs back? If you burn your bridges, you can forget whatever you learned in that section as you will need to be settling in right where you are.  You will never get that promotion or positive reference. Visualize what happens a bridge literally burns.  That will be your nursing career going up in flames instead of the bridge and the ruble falling into the water is YOU! Treat your colleagues and supervisors with respect, follow the rules, and be the best nurse you can be for your patients. You can then step on that bridge at any time without having the fear of getting wet.

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made as a nurse? How did you correct it? Leave a comment below!

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Nurses Week: Educating, Empowering, & Enhancing

This week we celebrate the nurses who educate, empower, & enhance the nursing profession. Each day this week we will showcase a nurse interview. With this blog, we hope to bring nursing closer together by uplifting each other through personal stories.

How long have you been a nurse? Is it your 1st or 2nd career?

EXECUTIVE PROFILE:

Accomplished Dean of Instructional Programs with 20 plus years of experience in higher education administration. I have demonstrated success in the following areas: A clear vision for  follow through leadership, directing and evaluating staff members; develop and implementation of health programs curriculum with student’s learning outcomes and competencies; working with a diverse students; develop and implement strategic plan, recommends allocation of resources and evaluates accomplishments; As an Administrative Nurse Manager I were responsible for providing leadership and clinical oversight, and ensuring delivery of evidence-based practice by professional nursing personnel and other staff in designated area of responsibility; I have the ability to communicate effectively with diverse administration, staff and the community; team management; interpersonal skills; the ability to think creatively, strategically and proactively; the promotion of diversity; the ability to manage complex budgets with budget driven focus; foster student centered learning; excellent writing and communication skills; ability to lead through a period of rapid change and growth.

What is your highest degree? Are you currently in school?

No

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Argosy University

Atlanta, Georgia   

Education Specialist, Education Leadership, Argosy University

Atlanta, Georgia

Master of Science Administration, Area of Concentration-Health

Service Administration

Central Michigan University, Michigan,

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of South Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Associate Degree in Nursing, Mississippi Valley State University,

Itta Bena, Mississippi

What is your current position/specialty?

Atlanta Technical Institute                          Atlanta, GA               09/93 – Present

Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, located in the city of Atlanta, is an accredited institution of higher education that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunities, associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education and other learning services using state-of-the-art technology. The integration of academics and applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, and communities of Fulton and Clayton Counties.

Dean of Health and Public Safety Technologies Division (07/04 – Present)

Dean of Health and Public Safety Technologies Division: Skilled Trades Division (07/04 – 07/07

Director of Health Occupation Division: Human Services Division (09/99 – 2004)

Department Chairperson, Practical Nursing Program (09/97 – 1999)

Vocational Instructor, Practical Nursing Program (09/93 – 1997)

What areas of nursing have you worked in?

Higher Education, Psychiatric, Medical Surgical, Dialysis

What have been your fondest memories during your nursing career?

Teaching in higher education & building and developing of health career   programs.

What are your professional nursing goals?

To start a Healthcare Career Training Center to educate and develop

Healthcare career paths for persons to enter the health care profession.

How do you feel about the “BSN in 10” law?

I believe that you must have standards in all profession. This requirement will set a standard. We have to think will it be effective for the care of all citizens urban and rural. I do not believe it will solve our ever-changing needs to improve healthcare across the country.

Where do you see nursing headed in the next 5 years?

Aging baby boomer means demands on the healthcare system will only increase in the coming years thus, we will continue to be facing a shortage of nurses to serve the needs of the healthcare industry. Aging baby boomers mean demands on the healthcare system will only increase in the coming years.

Aging baby boomers mean demands on the healthcare system will only increase in the coming year.

What do you think are challenges facing the nursing profession? Current and future?

We have a shortage of nurse educators to teach and train the next generation of nurses.

How do you feel about the new graduate nurses and their transition from nursing school to the field?

Graduates of two-year nursing programs are struggling to adjust from the theoretical to the practical. We as educator must ensure that the entrance level nurse is ready to enter the workforce and be ready for the daily practical application for which we have prepare them for in the classroom and clinical experience.

At the same time, graduates of two-year nursing programs are struggling to adjust from the theoretical to the practical.

If you weren’t a nurse, what would be your profession?

WOW, this is a hard question to answer. I want to say a professional dancerJ

What is your personal and/or professional mission statement?

I am an educator from the heart. I am passionate about supporting the growth and education of others in whatever context that might be. I am a strong advocate for empowerment of others to be the best they can be, I also believe that no one should determine another person’s destiny. We are here to support and encourage others to be the best they can be. I am part of a larger community as such, I will strive, always, to encourage and support the dreams and aspirations of others, learn about others, and contribute to the betterment of my community. 

CORE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Have a proven track record of program development by growing the division from four Allied Health programs to twenty-five Allied Health programs;
  • Manage Health Program’s (Occupational Therapy, Surgical Technology, Dental Hygiene, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, EMT/Paramedic, Health Information Technology, Practical Nursing, and Physical Therapy) self study, accreditation process and program’s annual reports.
  • Coordinates and implements plans and procedures to meet criteria for college wide accreditation.
  • Taken Initiative to serve on the State of Georgia Board of Nursing and collaborated with the Department of Human Resources in developing the Qualified Medication Profession for the State of Georgia;
  • Demonstrated the ability to interface with architects and planners in developing a $14 million state of the art Allied Health Facility and Health Lab for the Hapeville Charter Career Academy High School; 
  • Perform detail reports and served as liaison in coordinating instructional curriculum delivery for a 2 million dollar community based healthcare job training project by the Department of Labor for Allied Health Programs;
  • Rebuilt and rejuvenated leadership staff into unified, top performing, highly motivated team with successful outcomes for student’s performance on required board examination;
  • Expand Allied Health programs into the local community market, delivering exceptionally with student retention rates 35%, graduation rates 89% and placement rates 98%.
  • Provides communication to accredited institutions and other accrediting bodies of accreditation actions regarding programs accreditation and programs annual reports.

Constance Russell, Ed.D, MSA, BSN, RN

Dean of Instruction

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The Image of Nursing

Nursing is “The Most Trusted Profession” according to the Gallup survey of public perceptions for 2011. Yet we continue to have so many negative images in the media that plague our profession. Most trusted profession? Tell us what you really think? Would you trust the “naughty nurse” to start your I.V.? Or would you trust the nurse who commits adultery and steals drugs from patients to give you health and wellness advice? I am sure you would answer no to these questions yet this is the image of nurses in the media today. I am honored that the public has voted our profession as the most trusted. It says to me that what we do every day, one on one, with our patients does not go unnoticed. So, why doesn’t the media portray the same image our patients have of us? What is the solution to the negative Hollywood image that makes us appear as doctor’s pets and doctors as life saving professionals? Truth is, the best doctors could actually be nurses 🙂

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