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To be fed up with the nurse-bashing going on here this weekend

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fledtoscotland Sun 14-Jul-13 23:25:42

Just that really.

Most of us are hard working people who do our best to remember everyone's name and not eat kettle chips when we should have a broom up our arses to ensure we don't slack

I just want to be treated with respect as I do my patients and do my job.

WhiteBirdBlueSky Sun 14-Jul-13 23:27:38

Every nurse I have ever dealt with has been great.

ninah Sun 14-Jul-13 23:28:25

I have tremendous respect for this profession.

timidviper Sun 14-Jul-13 23:28:33

I think all of us who work within the NHS want that fled but nurses are frontline staff and it only takes a few bad 'uns to alter the public perception unfortunately.

fledtoscotland Sun 14-Jul-13 23:30:29

Timidviper - totally agree but MN this weekend has been very "anti nurses"

50shadesofknackered Sun 14-Jul-13 23:30:30

Me too! I work so hard (along with every other nurse I know) threads like the ones on here over the weekend make me wonder why I bother. I've just finished another manic shift, with no break and very few staff. I really havn't stopped the whole shift and not even a sniff of a kettle chip yet people here think I'm a lazy, skiving, uncaring good nothing.

YouTheCat Sun 14-Jul-13 23:30:32

Nurses are brilliant and anyone who says they aren't (because of a couple of bad 'uns) is a prize twat and should be forced to go private.

selsigfach Sun 14-Jul-13 23:30:47

Whenever I've been in hospital, the nurses have been incredible. I'll never forget the lovely nurse who let me sob away on her shoulder at 3am after miscarrying when I'm sure she had a million different things she needed to be doing.

fledtoscotland Sun 14-Jul-13 23:33:15

Glad I'm not alone. Off to bed now as didn't finish until 10pm tonight and no I didn't get a meal break either as we've been busy and short staffed as normal

Shootingstar79 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:37:40

I am a teacher and just pleased that we're getting a weekend off the bashing!
Absolutely agree, think the majority of nurses do a wonderful job in extremely difficult circumstances.

50shadesofknackered Sun 14-Jul-13 23:37:54

That was good for nothing

collielover Sun 14-Jul-13 23:38:04

It is the national sport nowadays sadly to make nurses evil crisp eating fat lazy sadists .
Ignore OP . Just you keep on doing what you are doing so well . xx

karinmaria Sun 14-Jul-13 23:39:46

Nhs wards are woefully understaffed, particularly at night. Even with that pressure my experience of nurses (two years of my mum being an inpatient and outpatient due to leukaemia) has been very good and caring.

I don't understand the nurse bashing this weekend - surely bash those pointless middle managers in the nhs who create the staffing problems and are paid rather more than nurses? Or the idiots who employ insanely expensive management consultants to tell them how to run a trust when they should really know how to do that already?! Argh.

LizzieVereker Sun 14-Jul-13 23:40:06

I think you've every right to feel aggrieved by it. If it's any consolation, having read a couple of the threads, I now have an even greater level of respect for nurses than before. I had no idea what long shifts you worked without a break or a chance to eat. I am appalled that the people we entrust to care for us and our families at our most vulnerable are doing so under such unacceptable conditions. So thanks and brew and as many bloody crisps as you can carry to you and your colleagues.

kali110 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:44:14

I've had experience of bad and unprofessional nurses however i dont believe it means everyone should slag off all nurses. In every job there will allways be someone who isn't working how they should but doesnt mean you all should get a bad name. Iv also met some really great nurses. You do a huge tiring job with hardly any break. I could not do your job

zoraqueenofzeep Sun 14-Jul-13 23:44:23

People judge on their experience, there are a lot of good nurses but many bad, rude, uncaring, unprofessional and if you're in hospital and come across one or several of them, that is what you'll remember.

McNewPants2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:45:09

gives the domestic a break lol.

I don't think those who post with a view have any idea what working for the NHS front line staff involves.

I have worked in the NHS for 10 years and I never seen a lazy nurse and i work on every ward in the hospital i work in.

cosydressinggown Sun 14-Jul-13 23:45:37

Yeah, it's a real shame. I feel the same about the bashing the teachers get. Any one of the culprits should walk a mile in your/their shoes and see how bloody good they are at it all.

Maryz Sun 14-Jul-13 23:45:46

Don't you think that maybe it's just in people's nature to complain about the bad things?

The odd nurse bashing post (and it is the odd post, not even a whole thread because most posts on the threads are in support of nurses and say they do a wonderful job) is due to people being stressed and ill and wanting something to moan about

It's a bit like teachers - 99% of people are happy with their child's teacher. The 1% post a lot grin

Personally, I think we should encourage people to system-bash, rather than nurse-bash.

justkeeponsmiling Sun 14-Jul-13 23:57:31

Thank you!! This is what I just posted nin another thread...

I know there's little chance of anyone ever actually reading this but I had to post-

I'm a nurse and if you are sick or in pain or heartbroken or desparate or confused I will care for you

- I will hold your hand

-I will talk to you all night

- I will stroke your hair untill you fall asleep


-I will say "My sweetheart, I'm here for you"

- "My darling, try not to worry. Tomorrow is another day"

- "My love, tell me about your family"

- "Don't worry sweetie, I'm here all night"

- "You've done ever so well lovie. The worst bit is over, it's only up hill from here!"

- And "I'm here my darling. I'm close sweetheart. I'm watching over you when no one else will. I'm holding you, I'm wiping your forehead, I'M easing your pain and I'll stay with you till the end.
And when you are gone I will wash your pale body and dress you in the nicest clothes I have available and ask for your soul to rest in peace.
I will remember you, no matter if another million people or not a single person does.I promise I will carry you with me and hold your memory dear and never ever forget.



Plomino Sun 14-Jul-13 23:57:59

I have every sympathy for you guys , being in another profession that takes a huge amount of flack, is very demanding yet everyone thinks they could do better than you ( if they could be arsed to do the shift work ) .

I've been personally blamed so far for Hillsborough , and the miners strike . Even though I was about six years old when the miners strike happened , and not even a police officer when Hillsborough happened . And yet because of those two events , I must of course be a lying oppressive doughnut eating unfit overpaid paramilitary wannabe thug . That's why I don't tell many people what I do , because when I do that , I just know the next words will be 'I got stopped once by a right wanker of a copper , all because I was doing 50 in a 20 past a school on my phone . I mean , he could have been out catching burglars or robbers or sum fink . '

apostropheuse Sun 14-Jul-13 23:58:22

Actually lots of people get bashed on here - nurses, teachers, doctors, child minders, cleaners, delivery drivers, builders, social workers etc.

I think it's just that people notice their own profession being bashed more than others because it's close to their heart.

I think the vast majority of nurses do a great job. Like any other profession there will be some that don't. As long as you know you're doing the best you can then ignore it all.

justkeeponsmiling Sun 14-Jul-13 23:58:28

I'm a nurse and I'm proud of what I do.

McNewPants2013 Mon 15-Jul-13 00:06:37

justkeeping i have never cried at a post here, but you have just made me.

I watch the nurses with awe in work.

I have been there when things get very tough. I have work ICU HDU CCU sbcu and those are tough ( trying cleaning around machines you dont understand) the nurses and NA do such a fantastic job.

Vatta Mon 15-Jul-13 00:11:54

Was in hospital recently and all the nurses were wonderful.

In fact I've been wondering how I can say thank you to the a and e staff and ward staff that helped me - can any of the nurses on this thread tell me what the nurses would like?

Eg would it be best to write to the hospital manager giving them positiv feedback (I'd do that for a good shop assistant but don't know if it makes any difference to appraisals etc in the nhs?) or can I drop off a tin of biscuits or something for them? My friend says nhs staff can't accept gifts as they might be bribes....

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