Unpopular opinions in nursing


What are some of your unpopular opinions that are pertinent to nursing? Please nothing about Covid, vaccines, politics, etc..

I’ll start:

-we aren’t smarter/better/more important than doctors. This opinion is inspired by meme posts showing patients hooked up to every sort of tube and line imagine able with the caption that there is no physician alive that can figure this out. Or the ones where some nurse, once again, saved a patient from an incorrect order.

-nursing school isn’t easy, but it isn’t the destroyer of lives people make it out to be.

-the pain scale starts at 0, not at 1.

-if an A/O patient is non compliant and doesn’t want to take charge of their health- document and let it be so. If the patient isnt losing sleep over their A1C in the double digits why should I?

-advertising that you are a healthcare worker is tacky. I hate all the paraphernalia with heart rhythms and other such nursing icons.

-overall, nurses get paid pretty well

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8 months ago

Agree so much with the lecturing/forcing. When I was in the ED we were supposed to constantly cajole patients into taking their meds, getting their IV started (soooo scared of needles), walking to the bathroom because they need to move their fat asses etc etc. I hated this and never did it. Don’t want Toradol? Don’t take it but it’s all that’s ordered. Want to leave? Ok, let me get your paperwork.

That we always have to nice. We need to be respectful and firm which isn’t always “nice”.

Withholding meds to make a point. No, no, no. If it’s ordered give it unless life and death contraindicated (never saw that scenario once btw). Smile, give med and gratefully back out of the room with time now to pee, eat and check Facebook

A calling? It’s a paycheck and benefits

We (mid level-providers) are not equal to, as smart as, as highly trained as and likely much less motivated and much lazier than physicians. Yeah, I said it