Going against Tradition
“Nurses are open-minded, and welcoming.”
On graduating: “Go right to Med Surg, you have to do your time there first”
As nursing students, graduate nurses, and practicing nurses, we have a great appreciation for older experienced nurses who have paved the way for us, but where is it written in the literature that nurses are only successful in specialized disciplines such as ED or ICU if they’ve had two years Med Surg under their belt?
On having to teach new nurses in a specialty; “I’m tired of all these new nurses not knowing basics, why can’t they do a couple of years of med surg?”
Without undermining the level of acuity in emergent and critical care, or the need for speed, Med Surg is actually a specialty too, so it sort of undermines this area by implying you are sentenced there before moving onto greener pastures. And as a not-so-afterthought, didn’t we all start somewhere? Didn’t we all begin not knowing the basics? Isn’t it possible that with the right support, and solid orientation (without burning out the same preceptors over and over again), a nurse can be successful in any specialty? Are we determining failure is imminent, based solely on what’s been tradition? Are we discouraging nurses from pursuing their dream specialty, forcing them to do one they aren’t happy in, merely because it’s “always been done his way?” Or is our energy better spent simply supporting fellow nurses whatever their choices may be?
If you have the will and drive to learn fast, the ability to work under fire, the stones it takes to stand up to physicians,supervisors, families, and advocate for your patient, the mastery of a detective, mediator, the courage to admit you fucked up and humility to learn from it, and then go back again the next day with an intense desire to do better, the relentless and unquenchable thirst for learning - then you’re a nurse. It doesn’t matter where.
Nursing is nursing, every role is specialized.
It takes a tough cookie just to be a nurse 🍪