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Old 06-17-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I tend not to have "sympathy" for people who willfully lead self-destructive lives either. That doesn't mean I don't have "pity" for them but "sympathy"....no.

I have no problem with people venting anonymously on the internet. Maybe she didn't have any other place to let out her frustrations. We all need to let off a little steam at times.

Cunucu, read the entire post again, please.

I do have a problem with nurses "venting" in such an unprofessional fashion on the internet. (I don't believe there is such a thing as anonymity on the internet. ISP addresses are not that hard to find. I know people who can do a whole lot of things with computers.) To me, it is a sign of poor judgement. I don't know about you, but I sure do not want such a nurse taking care of me or my loved ones.

Maybe it's my military background, but I do believe that thoughtless "vents" are a poor reflection on the nursing profession as a whole. It maybe unfair and tough, but nurses are held to a higher standard. It comes with the territory.

Having some empathy, as opposed to sympathy, makes a hard day go by faster.

During my last semester of nursing school, we had to go to the Board of Nursing to observe the disciplinary board deliberations for two full days. It was not pretty. I know the people I observed on the board would not be sympathetic, empathetic, understanding and much less amused by any talk of "deserving" vs "non deserving" patients.

If the job gets so bad that you need to vent in such a way, have the common sense of finding an appropriate outlet. Out of all people, a nurse would know where to seek help. As for the criticisms, I would hope such a nurse would learn from them.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Cunucu, read the entire post again, please.

I do have a problem with nurses "venting" in such an unprofessional fashion on the internet. (I don't believe there is such a thing as anonymity on the internet. ISP addresses are not that hard to find. I know people who can do a whole lot of things with computers.) To me, it is a sign of poor judgement. I don't know about you, but I sure do not want such a nurse taking care of me or my loved ones.

Maybe it's my military background, but I do believe that thoughtless "vents" are a poor reflection on the nursing profession as a whole. It maybe unfair and tough, but nurses are held to a higher standard. It comes with the territory.

Having some empathy, as opposed to sympathy, makes a hard day go by faster.

During my last semester of nursing school, we had to go to the Board of Nursing to observe the disciplinary board deliberations for two full days. It was not pretty. I know the people I observed on the board would not be sympathetic, empathetic, understanding and much less amused by any talk of "deserving" vs "non deserving" patients.

If the job gets so bad that you need to vent in such a way, have the common sense of finding an appropriate outlet. Out of all people, a nurse would know where to seek help. As for the criticisms, I would hope such a nurse would learn from them.
With all due respect, EDnurse, I read the entire post the first time. The nurse did not say this man deserved no care. She implied he was deserving of such care when she referred to her "other deserving patients". She is anonymous to all on this board and there is nothing in her post to indicate there was nursing malpractice on her part or that she gave him anything less than the full benefit of her care and knowledge. Her post indicates pity in many ways. That she feels no sympathy for him is something I find understandable. Yes, I pity them as does this nurse but I see no reason to blame her for the very human emotion of frustration that was so clear in her post.

I don't have a problem with anyone venting their legitimate frustrations on an anonymous internet forum and there is no reason to try and track her down and report her. Letting it out anonymously just might be the best possible way since there is little chance it will ever come back to bite you. As I said, she may have no other outlet. We don't know her circumstances so it isn't fair to judge her so harshly.
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