Are they finished yet?

I know it makes me a heretic, but I hate nurses’ week.

nurses weekThe absolute ridiculousness of the ‘Thanks a nurse’ campaign irritates me. Imagine a Thank an Accountant week, or Thank Your Structural Engineer! messages.

For a group so driven to prove they are a profession, they sure engage in unprofessional activity. A lot. Do other professions need a week of the year dedicated to celebrating their existence, or is this a purely sanctimonious practice evolved from nursing and bleeding over into the other groups ?

I think having a day dedicated to Flo is great, but this self-congratulatory week of celebrating nurses is a sign of entitlement and insecurity. Get back to doing your job. Stop needing a pat on the back or some swag to show you are appreciated.

Appreciation isn’t purchased with a box of cookies, a pen or a pair of scissors. It comes from the faces of the patients and families who are receiving your dedicated and skilled care and compassion. It is seen in the rummy eyes of the 90 year old woman, all alone, in a hospital where no one visits or calls when you take 10 minutes to sit and hold her hand. It comes from the 56 year old man, scared and afraid who has to be strong for his wife and kids, but whom you let be scared and afraid.

I hate nurses week. it makes us look weak and childish needing positive reinforcement to do a job that has its own intrinsic reward, plus a fairly good salary. We get paid pretty well to put up with all the shit. We don’t need to come off all needy and attention seeking.

So stop it. Just stop. Celebrate Flo for making us respectable, but don’t demean all she did by being needy whiners.

175x225nurse_accusing1What would Flo Do?

I propose we start this as the campaign. For one week nurses will clean rooms, feed patients, wash patients, change linens and answer call bells without whining and complaining

florenceI read a blog or something on the interwebs this past week – Rules for Nurses 1887. The very sad thing were the comments from the nurses who said it wasn’t like that, they didn’t believe it and how hard THEY worked and how it was so much easier back in 1887.

Are you fucking kidding me?

nurse with wounded


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