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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-12-08 09:46 AM
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60. Engineering school was a snap compared to nursing school
and we had a lot of older students going into second careers in my class who said the same thing about their earlier college experience. The theory is that if you can survive nursing/medical school, you can survive anything.

It's only in the real world that you realize that hospitals are too stingy to provide assistive equipment and believe any 120 pound nurse can easily lift a 300 pound patient with "good body mechanics." It's only in the real world that you confront administrative policies that say management can force you to work extra 12 hour shifts any old time at their convenience, and that you need to kiss your personal life goodbye because there is no way to plan anything, even a trip to a public park with a picnic basket. It's only in the real world that you confront the reality of assault on the job and management that frowns on any nurse who presses charges against a patient or his/her family because of the bad publicity--hey, you're covered by workman's comp, what's the big deal?

It's only in the real world that has you dragging booty after the fifth 12 hour shift in the row that had you wishing for roller skates that gets you called into some suit's office for a stern lecture on doing more with less.

The whole system is broken, top to bottom, because no one is taken care of, from housekeeping staff to patients through specialist physicians, in the rush to contain costs to maximize PROFIT.
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