What about doctor moms? Police officer moms? EMT moms? Fire Fighter moms? Stock Broker moms? Correctional Officer Moms? Social Worker moms? Customer service moms? Foodservice moms? We’re all pretty bad ass if you ask me!
Nurses are like pineapples tough on the outside shirt
I never said that I was offended by the article. All I’m saying is that I think that all people who work in healthcare and human services are pretty amazing. We all leave our families to go to work and make sure that other families are cared for and safe. That’s all. I wasn’t excluding anyone. I’m sorry that the comment offended/upset people. Nurses are like pineapples tough on the outside. We read about firefighters, teachers (especially teachers!!!), all the time. Like, all.the.time. How wonderful they are, how selfless they are, how overworked and underpaid. It was nice to read something about me. Just occasionally. After 32 years, I rarely read things about Nurses. Jeez, it doesn’t change the wonderfulness of anyone else.
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And FYI, Nurses Week is next week, so I’m sure that’s a motivation for sharing this. I felt so weird when I was a new mom changing a diaper without gloves! It took a little while to get used to not using gloves for everything at home. Or you know we could have realistic work-life balance. Instead of bragging about how badass people are for living in a broken system that wears us down and ends up with a burnt out inefficient workforce. One can be proud of their profession and ability to adapt while still actively working toward change. There are so many flavors to choose from, salty and bitter aren’t my personal favorites. I think nursing is definitely a profession that prides itself on overworked employees. When I was in nursing school lack of sleep, being on your feet for 12 hours, and not taking a break to pee were things you wore with a badge of honor. As a student in my 30s, I had different priorities than my younger peers. And now as a nurse, I feel no shame in saying “I have to leave on time today, I’m spending the evening with my family” or “I can’t cover your shift this weekend, I’ll be with my family.” I work really hard when I’m at the hospital so that I can keep that balance and not have to put in more time than I’m scheduled for. But it’s definitely hard in this profession.