Here I Go On A Nurse Rant, Again!


I constantly find more and more that nurses have a really bad, couldn’t give a damn attitude. Not all nurses are bad, there are some really great, friendly, courteous helpful ones. But more and more I find that to be the exception and not the rule.

I need to have blood tests done at least once every month, and in addition to that, I have blood tests in between for various things sometimes. I have it done at different places, and I have different doctor appointments at different facilities, with different doctors and labs.

The sad thing is for the last ten months, I had 37 different medical appointments to see a doctor, draw blood, get an x-ray, CT Scan or something related to my conditions, and only twice – literally only twice – did I have a genuinely pleasant nurse see to me. My doctors are always pleasant, but it is the trolls in scrubs pretending to be nurses that I must deal with that really irks me.

I am a pleasant person, always being sure to be polite and thankful to everyone that attends to me. But 95% of the nurses are angry when they open the door. Their attitude is gruff and rude, and it only seems to be getting worse.

If you are a nurse, or know a nurse out their, I have a special message to you all. Remember why you got into this profession. It was to be of service to humanity. If you are doing it just to make a dollar, and hate your job, please find another profession. People coming to medical facilities are already stressed out and in physical and emotional pain. The last thing they need is a nurse or technician with a really messed up, angry attitude speaking to them like they are nothing but whining fools. Show some compassion.

For those of you who are saying that it is not easy dealing with patients, they are so grumpy and angry all the time, get over it. Try living in their shoes being in pain all day, every day. If they have an attitude, then kill them with kindness. They’ll come around. The more you fight, they worse they feel and the more they fight you back. I swear if i have to deal with one more idiot nurse with a bad attitude, I am going to …

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5 thoughts on “Here I Go On A Nurse Rant, Again!

  1. Amen!! I am a nurse and I agree with you 100%. I wish I could apologize for the nurses who have mistreated you, shown you a bad attitude or been rude to you, but I can’t. I will continue to treat you with love and respect and take time with you, which will more than likely cause other nurses to wonder why it takes me so long to punch out at “quitting time” as I will probably be behind because I choose to treat you like a human being. The other nurses run in, and run out, or hear you ask for something, or ask a question but pretend to not hear you, or ignore you altogether. My manager will have a “talk” with me about overtime, and my charge nurse will start watching me to see where I am “wasting time”. I will continue to strive to be the best, most efficient nurse I can be, but with constant “call-outs” and short-staffing, I will probably be asked to carry more than my load, which I will do with grace and efficiency … but I will still leave late. ♥

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    • Jill, thank you for your reply and for representing that small percentage of nurses that still care, but I honestly am not sure how exactly to take your comment. I am not sure if you are saying you don’t care that you are leaving late because of the extra care, or because of the extra care you have the inconvenience of leaving late. It is sometimes hard to tell the tone of someone’s writing, but your comment could be interpreted either way. I am going to go with the side that you are for the extra care and damn those who hassle you about it. But for those nurses that may agree with the other interpretation of your comment, that the extra care equals the hassle of extra time and supervisory comments, extra care really does not require extra time. A smile, a gentle touch, a genuine concern and a caring attitude all take no extra time. It should not be an extra effort, but part of the life force within everyone.

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  2. I guess the short answer is that we aren’t paid to be nice. We’re paid to provide professional cares to humanity, whether they are irksome, pleasant or unconscious. Our education consists of training specific to the safe and effective delivery of healthcare. There is no component of nurse training that is dedicated to being ‘nice’. You want to be treated like a valued customer: go to a jewellery store. You want professional healthcare: see a nurse.
    Whether nurses ‘care’ or not is actually beside the point. Do you ever ask whether your surgeon ‘cares’ or your post delivery person ‘cares’? Nurses ‘care’ insofar as they deliver professional health behaviours. If they actually really cared about you they would make you soup and tuck you in at night. There’s a name for that person: your mother.
    This doesn’t excuse rude, demeaning or unprofessional behaviours, but it might help to clarify what this professional body of clinicians is paid to do. That’s my special message to you.

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