Thursday, March 3, 2016


The brat who does no work, for which I was blamed, came to me for help.

I was shocked.

She needed a new container for her cleaning and sterilizing.  The ordering department wanted to know measurements.  She was confused.  They sent her out with a ruler and a tape measure.

She had no idea how to measure.  None.  Inches.  Centimeters.  Height.  Width.  Length.  Not there.

Yet this person has no problem telling me how to be a nurse.

I measured the container that she wished to replace.  She wrote down the numbers and returned to the ordering department with the information.



  1. I know what you mean about the nerve of people with NO CLUE what it means to be a bedside nurse! I recently had a conflict with someone on social media who was blaming nurses and doctors for the high costs of U.S. healthcare.

    Economist blogger Matt Bruenig was recently a guest on the Slate podcast The Gist. During his interview, Bruenig made comments about how simple it would be to lower the costs of U.S. healthcare by freezing and ultimately lowering reimbursement rates. "Simply by freezing those payments, because the economy is going to grow, it will shrink. Right? It's relative size will shrink as a percentage of the economy."

    When I confronted him on Twitter about his misdirected and overly simplistic view point (I cited the fact that lowered reimbursement rates have not shrunk U.S. healthcare costs and are contributing to the collapse of rural medicine), he went on to say that U.S. healthcare is so expensive because nurses and doctors get paid too much. He also said that my opinion was irrelevant and biased because as a nurse making $42/hour I am benefiting from this uniquely expensive system.

    I would love some help defending my profession from narrow-minded, jerk-face opinions like this!
    Here is the original Twitter feed:

    Thank you so much!
    Laura, RN-C, BSN, mother of two, and U.S. healthcare consumer

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