There have been nurses since centuries ago and up until now, they have never been appreciated enough. They work long hours, including overtime, yet never get acknowledged. Why is that, you may ask? Well, there are a lot of things that contribute to the fact that nurses are underappreciated. But first, let’s get into why they should be appreciated.
Without nurses, it is guaranteed that doctors won’t have an easy time. Handling maybe 10-20 patients a day. Especially with a pandemic going on throughout 2020 and 2021, doctors might even handle more in a day. Imagine if nurses weren’t there to help out and check up on patients or help doctors prepare their surgeries and assist them throughout the day. The doctors would have to handle everything from A to Z on their own. Which will probably result in a burnt-out doctor. That is never alright since doctors need to constantly be in the right state of mind in order to properly treat their patients.
People say we don’t really appreciate something or someone until they’re gone. Thus, before every nurse quits out of frustration, both doctors and patients need to learn to appreciate nurses more. Here are a few ways nurses can feel underappreciated:
The Burden Of Gender Stereotypes
The most obvious reason why nurses are looked down upon is the stereotype that has been here for as long as nurses existed; it’s a woman’s job. When you ask someone who they think a nurse would be, they’d straight away say a woman. People see male nurses and question their choice of job. They question their masculinity. Women, on the other hand, are downgraded and looked at as unimportant or incompetent. Since when did a job, in any field, have a gender? Only men can be CEOs and women have to be personal assistants. It’s the 21st century already, we should be able to accept the fact that anyone can get any job they qualify for, no matter what gender they are. Plus, any work that pays is good money so let people work as what they qualify for.
Never Getting Recognition
Since nurses are always or almost always looked down on, they automatically get no recognition whatsoever. Nurses help doctors a lot, from preparing surgery stations to assisting doctors during surgery to checking up on the patients constantly. Yet, people only know of the doctor in charge, not the helping hands that make the doctor’s work slightly easier. They rarely ever hear a “you did well today” or “great job”, only the doctors do. Because people sort of compare nurses to maids and think they are completely invisible. People see nurses as nothing more than a doctor’s helper and it’s messed up.
Rarely Ever Getting A Thanks
It’s very likely that out of 10 patients, only 2 treat nurses with respect or just common decency. Patients and doctors alike often forget to appreciate their helping hands. Everyone needs to hear a “thank you” or “I appreciate you” at least once in their life. To know their help is worth it. To know that what they do matters. They’ve spent so long studying to be who they are. Days turn to weeks then to years just for them to be looked down on. Then with hospitals sometimes being understaffed, they even work overtime and on their days off. Nurses are normal people too, and normal people can get overwhelmed by all of that. It’s exhausting and it strains them physically and mentally too.
Rarely Getting To Go Home
As mentioned, nurses work overtime, even on their days off. By that, I mean that nurses sometimes even get only one to two hours of sleep per day. They sometimes don’t even get to go home. They just sleep in their cars or an empty hospital bed, making no use of the house or property they might’ve gotten from browsing on Edgeprop Malaysia.
Imagine what that can do to someone’s mental health. Lack of sleep can lead to depression, anxiety, weakened immunity and there are so many other effects that can come from not sleeping as much as you need. It can even cause insomnia which can be worse for someone who already is deprived of sleep. This can lead to so many mishaps at work. They might make a mistake during surgery or forget to check up on a patient.
Patients Misjudge Them
I mentioned that out of 10 patients, only 2 treat nurses with common decency. Or simply, treat nurses like human beings. Unfortunately, the other 8 out of 10 treat them like they’re not even medical professionals. It’s understandable that nurses might not have to go through as much training as doctors do but they are still considered medical professionals. They are still the people who are going to help you get through your time at the hospital for whatever reason you’re in there. They are still the people who help doctors achieve what they have to.
Thus, it’s not hard to appreciate a person. Like everyone else, nurses have emotions and mental health to take care of. Try not to make it any harder for them or undermine them just because they are not doctors.
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