Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

What are your nursing pet peeves? by Daniel Gooding

Firstly, I want to acknowledge the fact that I love to be a nurse. With that said, there are something that early bug me. I can deal with endless shifts and body fluids and people deteriorating. But here are some things that just make me tick;

– When people treat nurses as if we are servants or punching bags. NO! WE ARE HERE TO CARE FOR YOU NOT TO LET YOU ABUSE US. Noone goes to work to get abuse. In relation to this, the “Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill 2017-2019 reached committee stage in the Lords. No changes were suggested to the bu]ill so the third reading where final amendments can be made is scheduled for 24th July. Read the bill here.

– Losing Pens. Being dyslexic, I use different coloured pens. The moment I lose one of those coloured pens, or worse, the entire 4 coloured pen, my world starts to shake.

– Google. Do not get me wrong, I am all for freedom of information and google is a great tool to help you learn. But please please please, do not google symptoms. I had a genuine chief complaint whilst working in accident and emergency once of “I think I may have Ebola” because they had a cold and googled their symptoms.

– “Nurses shouldn’t use stethoscopes.” This was told to me during my second year of training. I thought they were joking so I laughed. Turns out they were not joking. I urge every student & registered nurse, learn to use a stethoscope. The use of a stethoscope is vital when it comes to undertaking your assessment, especially in acute and critical care. The stethoscope allows you to asses a persons cardiovascular, respiratory and intestinal system. Here is a fantastic article on how and why we use a stethoscope. (O’Neill (2003))

– “I am just a student/nurse.” No. NO. You are never just anything. You have worked hard to get to where you are, and for that you deserve respect. You have your own knowledge, therefore you deserve to have your own judgement. You are an advocate for those in your care, therefore your opinion matter. You are never just a nurse. You are a nurse!

What are your pet peeves?

Thanks for reading,


What inspired you to write this blog?

The Transforming Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery 30 Day Challenge

What is your role?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student -  Leader - Nursing Activist - RCN SIO of the Year 2018


What are your nursing and/or midwifery qualifications?

Third Year CYP Nursing Student


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