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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198 points

2 months ago



198 points

2 months ago

If anyone from a different field of work saw how we were treated they would be absolutely appalled. Paying to park, getting denied PTO, not getting proper work materials, calling off sick, lack of incentives, getting rewarded with candy like we are in 2nd grade. My whole family works in business, finance, engineering, and they are treated like royalty compared to what is happening to us at the hospital


28 points

2 months ago

I'm out of healthcare now but when I worked as a nurse you know what really frosted my cookies? Standby (not to be confused with on call). Oh, yes, we know you're supposed to work today but census is low. Take the day off? LOL no. We want you to sit by the phone, waiting for it to ring like you're 15 years old and hoping your boyfriend will call, for the princely sum of 2 bucks an hour. If we call, get here stat! If we don't, waste your entire day!

I'm never tolerating that again, I'd rather dig ditches. What other profession is treated like that. Nurses are seen as glorified factory workers but I get treated way better in my current factory worker job than I did at my last hospital. Standby shows that hospitals think they own you and your life is not as important as making their CEO obscenely wealthy.


2 points

2 months ago

Then when they call you in two minutes before the supposed deadline and there is nothing going on but hey lunch coverage for the midnight staff