There are so many perceptions of nursing and aged care in general that will be good to de-mystify. Do you know of any that you’d like the community to know? Here’s my list:
1. There is always enough staff to do the job.
Not really. One of Because We Care’s campaign themes is this public perception. It’s a myth. We are negotiating to have proper staff to resident ratios.
We would love to be able to attend to requests straight away BUT sometimes more often than not there just isn’t enough of us to go around. So we do the side ways shuffle and priotise whose need has to come first. Families sometimes get ANGRY but my twin has not come through in the mail yet!!!
2. Residents in a Nursing Home is like in the movie where the oldies sit and play Bingo.
Residents in Nursing Homes don’t always behave in a socially acceptable way. We can’t always stop things happening in a public area. Sometimes nurses have to deal with wanderers who are intrusive, aggressive and violent.
3. My personal favourite — Nurses earn a massive amount of money.
That’s what I hear from people. Because We Care campaign exists to fight for wage parity with the public system.
4. Aged Care nurses spend all day simply looking after residents so why do they still make mistakes?
Nurses are people too. We can and do make mistakes BUT we do the best job we can in the environment we are in.
5. Aged Care nurses don’t care about their residents.
One of the main parts of our job is CARING — not just personal care but being an advocate for our residents. If we see they need new equipment, etc….we lobby for it.
6. Nurses only look after residents. That doesn’t take much.
We have to be all things to all people residents, visitors and management. That takes skills, commitment and dedication.
What about you? Have you got your own list of nursing myths and pre-conceptions that you’d like to share?