A common myth/misconception about my speciality is…..
January 13, 2018 at 6:42 am #6346
Thought it might be both fun and interesting if everyone shared their speciality/area and busted a common myth about it – you know, the thing that drives you nuts that everyone else says about your chosen area!
So I’m a Public Health Nurse, and I hear all the time that “Public health is for poor people”…. Couldn’t be farther from the truth! Public health serves everyone at a community level. We do sometimes provide direct service/care to those in lower socioeconomic classes, when there is no one else to do it, but the goal is making the entire community healthier. Public Health is everyone, everyday, everywhere!
So how about you?
January 13, 2018 at 10:04 am #6356
Ophthalmology- The most common misconception is that we don’t make eyeglasses. We are medical doctors and surgeons. Optometrists are specialists in making glasses. They took 4 years of optics and understand the concept better than we do.
January 13, 2018 at 10:06 pm #6377
CNA – that I’m only good for wiping asses … in my state I can do a fair bit beyond the ass. I’m not a RN or DR but I can do vitals, be delegated to dose medications and do diabetic care, come alongside to do PT and OT when the therapist isn’t there and because I’m spending quite a bit of time hands on with a patient I can often spot small problems before they become big ones and alert the RN or DR. Yes, I wipe asses, but can do so much more!
Stepping down from my soapbox.
January 14, 2018 at 7:34 am #6396
RN: Before I retired, my last job was in physical rehab nursing. I always have to say “physical rehab” because most people hear the word “rehab” and think of something else entirely. Many people think rehab is just for orthopedic issues in the elderly, but we had patients across the spectrums of age, cognitive ability, and chronic health problems. Sometimes new health problems were discovered during their stay. People often don’t realize that rehab nursing is more than just pain management and changing dressings. It’s mobilizing every specialty (pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, PT/OT to evaluate the home setting to prepare for a safe discharge, home health agencies to arrange care needed after discharge, hospice if needed. And, I’d like to give a HUGE bunch of love to the CNAs who were even closer to my patients than I was. The CNAs gave priceless information about the patients and families that I wasn’t privy to. Patients and families often hush when a nurse walks into the room, but a CNA is someone they feel they can chat with. That chatting sometimes gives the CNAs some valuable information they can pass to the nursing staff to mobilize resources that might otherwise not happen.
January 14, 2018 at 9:32 am #6400
Psychiatric nursing- Myth- we are the land of misfit nurses.
Most think anyone can do our job and that we do nothing but hand out cheese sticks and jello while the psychiatrists medicate the pts. While I do love a good cheese stick, and sometimes it’s better than the poisons we dole out, there’s so much more to our job.
Who else has court for their pts twice a week at work?
Depending on the location you could be trying to avoid your PT trying to kill themselves 24/7 while trying to
Prevent your other pts from making babies in the hospital. All while monitoring for the slightest change in behavior to indicate medication success.
We have no lab test nor tangible measure to report to physicians yet we’re expected to maintain a safe and therapeutic invironment and report current status of medical and mental health because a single dose of the right medication at the exact right time, under perfect circumstances could be the difference between going home or not.
Granted, many folks end up in psych nursing because they thought it was an easy gig, but the ones that thrive know what it takes to be successful.
No the dragons are not here to hurt you, yes you can have another cheese stick!
January 15, 2018 at 7:05 pm #6437
KJ NY EMSParticipant
EMTs/Paramedics – often misconceived as the “ambulance drivers” serve on the front line of health care. Literally the first provider that a person in will see in an emergency situation. A paramedics scope of practice ranges from countless emergency medications to procedures like chest decompression, pericardiocentesis, and intubation. All of this done with 1/8 the space of a hospital in a very uncontrolled environment. The time and clinical education put into this field is often overlooked by the public and even hospital staff, especially outside of the ED and EMS is looked on as the lowest end of the healthcare profession. However I feel that each step is equally as important as the next!
January 15, 2018 at 11:09 pm #6445
Nurse practitioner – that we work “under” a doctor. (Well, at least they don’t use the term “physician extender” – and yes, let your mind go the way you’re thinking because that’s what everyone was thinking…really, who DID come up with that term???) The legal relationship with a physican is “collaborating” in, at least, many states. (US) There are several states NPs don’t need to have a collaborating or “supervising” physician at all. Personally, I always want someone I can go to with questions or feedback.
And, just because we stick together… PAs are Physican Assistants. Not Physican’s Assistants. Still not sure how that term (Physician Assistants) was coined but it probably made more sense in the military (which is where the profession began.)
January 18, 2018 at 8:27 am #6515
January 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm #6537
Oh, you’re a hospitalist? 7-on, 7-off? That’s so nice that you only have to work part time! 🤬
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