Perspective in Nursing…What if?


What if, for just a month, a week, or even perhaps a day; management were to walk in the shoes of a bedside nurse? Would they be so adamant about floating nurses when it is already short? Would they be surprised to learn that there isn’t actually quality of care when patient loads are increased to the point where patient safety, as well as nurse efficacy are compromised? Would they consider giving us more ancillary staff instead of taking them away, citing budget cuts? Would they throw caution to the wind, and allow just one more nurse on every shift? Would they be tolerant of a lack of vital sign machines or other basic important supplies? Would they empathize with the frustrations of just wanting to slow down the “speed nursing” and just concentrate on the simplicities that benefit the patient? Would they understand that there isn’t job satisfaction or respect when workers aren’t appreciated, or validated for their frontline insight on what might actually work? Would they appreciate having a charge nurse without a patient load of their own, free to help all the other nurses? Would they value the isolated moments they are able to get out on time? Would they go home and lay awake at night considering all the things they wished they could do for their patients if they just had a little more time or support? Would they worry that they missed something important? Would they remember what it’s actually like to be that family member, or patient whose care is at times not what it could be - would they remember what it’s like to be a bedside nurse?

Our leaders were (likely) once bedside nurses, or other medical professionals; they have likely endured the same workplace conflicts, the same heartaches from losing a patient, the same joys from being involved in saving a life - or just actually being able to spend time with a patient, and the same intense frustrations at being expected to compromise patient care for the sake of the hospital looking good on paper. We sure do understand it’s not easy managing, or leading, we understand that Magnet status is important - we want that too. We are so thankful for the opportunity to do what we love every single day. We are very thankful to be employed, but maybe at times fear retribution if we speak up. We love being a nurse - we just want to take care of patients without unnecessary administrative complications. We know what it’s like to have people demand things, so we refrain in empathy, but our being quiet doesn’t mean we aren’t affected. This isn’t opinion; it’s the ordinary struggles of everyday nurses around the world, who likely just go in to do the best they can, work with what they have, and intermittently voice the the things they hope to change, if someone would just listen. It’s not personal, we’re not asking that they like us, but we are asking for a little respect of our thoughts, and every now and then for leadership to take a step back just to examine it from our point of view, a little less talk - a little more action. We are bedside nurses, we certainly understand it’s impossible to please everyone - so we are not asking they do; but we are asking that they would consider the perspective from the person who’s at the bottom of the food chain - the patient’s advocate.

Applying to Grad School


I was asked how I chose what programs to apply to. If anyone wants to add anything, please feel free!

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This is an AWESOME synopsis. I would add, CATER TO YOUR STRENGTHS, just gloss over your weaknesses like they dont even matter. And I agree, be mindful in how you apply. Please dont just apply to a school bc u always wanted to go to Harvard. 

I didnt know what I wanted to do specifically as well, I just knew I wanted a PhD in a field that supported MDs (bc they need all the help they can get). I applied to like 20 different undergrad research programs, got into 2, and the one I attended, I went to the same place for grad school. And I did similar to scigeekalicious, except I was very superficial about it and tailored my “interests” to the cute profs, or profs that looked like they were nice, lol. In hindsight, maybe not the best idea, but, hey, you gotta trust your gut sometimes, lol. 

Oh and my resume and grades were awesome, and so with my profs help, I had a lot of funding. But like scigeekalicious mentioned, he wasn’t graduating people. And I def had a hard time trying to get out.

Everything in this analysis, spot on!

And grad school is a game, lots of stuff going on in the background. Esp when it comes to accepting applicants. Like, its not a science and its not a meritocracy. The science world has its “cool” kids, and the more you fit into that box, the better your chances. I call it, the Nerd’s Revenge.