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Old 21st Apr 2017, 10:11   #1 (permalink)
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What is it about nurses?

Having spent many years connected to the nursing profession, I cannot understand why they are continually portrayed as some sort of saints.
Other people have difficult jobs, other people work unsociable hours and a lot of other people get paid less.
Is it simply because nurses (well a lot of them) are the ones who deal with the public in a tactile nature, the people you actually meet and interact with. They are the ones you see in hospitals and they are the ones who are around when you either get better or get worse.
They don't do it as volunteers.
And they do tend to moan a lot and complain about their jobs.
So, yes most of them do a good job and most of them seem quite busy. They also work what is known as 'unsociable' hours.
But so do thousands of other people who you don't come across and who also do rewarding and sometimes unrewarding work. Let's respect them all.
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It serves us well to remember that they are human beings and as such there are angels and there are devils.

They are not as portrayed on popular TV hospital dramas which are really no more than propaganda for the NHS.
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My son youngest boy has just been discharged from hospital. It might just be a job for some but the wonderful way many of the nurses did way more than the minimum, who went out of their way to make things more bearable, who genuinely got involved and cared was something I thought hugely admirable (and am grateful for).

Perhaps jobs like nursing attract people who tend to be deeply caring is why nurses are looked on with favour. Doesn't mean they are all wonderful but from my experience - many are and that is what I think is "what it is about nurses".
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Be interesting to know what the OP's "connection" is with the nursing profession?

Comes across as having a bit of chip on the shoulder when it comes to nurses.

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My son youngest boy has just been discharged from hospital. It might just be a job for some but the wonderful way many of the nurses did way more than the minimum, who went out of their way to make things more bearable, who genuinely got involved and cared was something I thought hugely admirable (and am grateful for).

Perhaps jobs like nursing attract people who tend to be deeply caring is why nurses are looked on with favour. Doesn't mean they are all wonderful but from my experience - many are and that is what I think is "what it is about nurses".
Having had a few spells in hospital myself in 2014 I can concur generally with the first paragraph although there were one or two who tarnished the image.

The other thing about nurses is that for we chaps of advanced years they were often the subject our earliest sexual fantasies. But that was in a time when nurses were mostly slim and wore attractive feminine uniforms. The contrast with today couldn't be starker.
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...... a time when nurses were mostly slim and wore attractive feminine uniforms. The contrast with today couldn't be starker.
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Yes, I recall making the comment after a brief stay in hospital a couple of years ago that the nurses uniforms were not those I was familiar with from the web. However, it was in Norway, so the nurses in the uniforms were definitely 'up to scratch'!

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Having had a few spells in hospital myself in 2014 I can concur generally with the first paragraph although there were one or two who tarnished the image.

The other thing about nurses is that for we chaps of advanced years they were often the subject our earliest sexual fantasies. But that was in a time when nurses were mostly slim and wore attractive feminine uniforms. The contrast with today couldn't be starker.
Depends on where the hospital is. Here they are mostly slim and attractive.

Like you, had a couple of (short) spells 'inside' and not unlike a good hotel for care and service.
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They are not as portrayed on popular TV hospital dramas which are really no more than propaganda for the NHS.
Is Holby City funded by the NHS then?

As to nurses and nursing, I have seen examples of wonderful and disgraceful (arguably negligent) care and treatment given. Two sisters, as it happens, My MIL and her sister. The former had 2 bouts of cancer and was treated wonderfully, especially by the district nurses in her later days. Her sister, after a stroke, was treated like an animal in her local hospital, by nurses who didn't give a toss about her. She was regularly left in a soiled state, and complaints were met with shrugs. My wife and MIL regularly fed an old dear who couldn't feed herself. Official complaints were shrugged off with bullshit letters. We moved her 180 miles to near us, where she died in a nursing home.

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If you want to keep Nurses onside, do not whinge, moan or enquire. Take it from me, it works.
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Old 21st Apr 2017, 11:16   #10 (permalink)
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Be interesting to know what the OP's "connection" is with the nursing profession?
Comes across as having a bit of chip on the shoulder when it comes to nurses.
I was personally involved with the care of adults with profound mental handicaps from 1980 to 2003. I married one of the ward sisters who one could describe as an angel as were many of the other nurses I came across.
There is no doubt that many nurses do a first class job and, one assumes, they enjoy the rewards that comes from doing this type of work.
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Old 21st Apr 2017, 11:33   #11 (permalink)
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Can anyone explain why nurses, or teachers for that matter, are compelled to use the word "profession" when talking about their jobs ? Every other trade which requires vocational qualifications seems to just get on with it.
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As somebody who has walked the walk, but never been slim and attractive (more overweight, ordinary- and male) I despair at how hospitals, nurses and medics and the NHS are portrayed in TV dramas. If anyone thinks that the likes of Holby City is propaganda for the NHS then, quite frankly, I despair of them too.

Five years after leaving the profession (oh, that word again) SWMBO still does not let me in the room when she is catching up with her hospital dramas. Apparently my constant protests and objections spoil the enjoyment for her.

And why profession? Well I cannot speak for teachers, but it might have something to do with the fact that nursing is still seen as wiping backsides and fluttering eyelashes at doctors by the majority of the population.
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the fact that nursing is still seen as fluttering eyelashes and wiping backsides of doctors by the majority of the population.
I think I fixed it for you.
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Mine were nice yesterday. One was lovely, and made me tea, toast with jam - served in bed.

My big problem was transport. I feel guilty about using the service at all, but my carpal tunnel op did leave me with a big ball of bandages which would have been rather obvious to a traffic cop after an accident.

'ello, 'ello, 'ow come you've been first-aided before the ambulance 'as arrived?"

Time traveller yarns would probably not have washed.

So, although I practised driving with one hand, nursey wouldn't let me out the door without a responsible person looking after me. So a 4 hour day becomes a 13 hour day and a lot of cost to the nation because one 'voluntary' driver wouldn't wait as promised.

Now, do these guys make money or not? My bloke boasts of very long hours and bewildering miles per week. He doesn't do that for love.

I've just written a long email about this subject, so rather on the boil over this issue.

Back to nurses. The ambulance that I finally got was driven by an angel. Another client, bl@@dy Hick Dead (not his real name) kept hollerin' and undoing his seat belt. The lady with him did nothing, and lovely driver had to stop, put flashy lights on, open up the back and strap the silly sod in again. She addressed him like he was her very own kid with not a hint of the bone-snapping and subsequent bondage he'd have suffered under my care. Lovely lady.

I called a pal who drove out to meet us and save her half the journey.

It's all a bit of a mess, with lots of lovely people trying hard to stop these pockets of chaos, but weighed down by the few.
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I am always amused when, after they have noted on the form 'how would you like to be addressed' they always call you Luv - well up here they do.
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Slightly off topic, but when I was in my 20s, my mate's mother was in charge of the nurses' home for RPA, one of the biggest hospitals in Sydney, when trainee nurses had to live in, and were subject to severe curfews.

Funny how parties that he organised never had any shortage of nurses in attendance.
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Old 21st Apr 2017, 14:38   #17 (permalink)
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Funny how parties that he organised never had any shortage of nurses in attendance.
That was my immediate reaction when I saw the thread title.

I've come across many nurses in my time.
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Old 21st Apr 2017, 14:51   #18 (permalink)
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My first 'nurse love affair' was when I was 13 years old.
I remember her name - it was Nurse Waddington - the same as the jigsaw puzzles that occupied me.
And the hit song of the time was Young Love sung by Tab Hunter.

I have often wondered what became of her - she would be 90 now . . .
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I married one that I met socially. Did not work out well Their compassion might get used up at work as she had wonderful reputation at work.

The ones who have had occasion to look after me have all been lovely.

Bottom line they like being in charge and appreciated

Recently had a minor skin op. The instructions were clear that I had to be dropped off and picked up. Just told nurse that son was sleeping in and would come to collect me.
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