i was thinking

Posted: January 18, 2008 at 8:09 am

i think my dad might have been right about rescuers…that we rescue to fill a hole. i was thinking about myself and all the other rescuers i know and there is a common thread here besides the usual perpetual love for animals, a natural do-goodiness/ fix everything and a feeling of self importance…there is an arrogence too. we know more, we do more, we are more than everyone else….and we know this is true.

of course, the question arises…are we?

just becuse we think other people are stupid, does not make them stupid. just because we think we know it all, does not mean we do.
and how do we know if we are being arrogent?
that part is easy…as soon as we sneer at someone else for “whatever,” we know we have the arrogence bug. mention someone else’s name, directly or implied, make that all telling statement of hidden contempt for someone else or their efforts and what they do or how they do it and bam..the “i am better” flag just rose to the sky ( that flag is just flapping in the breeze, it is not actually accomplishing anything useful)

we all do it, every single one of us…some of us know it, and some of us don’t, but i have yet to meet anyone is rescue who’s opinion about others does not reflect an opposite (and much better ) opinion about ourselves.

why is that? is it like that elsewhere? i rarely see it in nursing. but maybe that is because we all get the same training, we work from the same standards to practice, we have the same code of ethics as everyone else.

lone ranger nurses cannot survive in the health care system any more, the team is too important. and you never hear the nurses from RCH bashing the nurses at VGH either (or visa versa.) same set of challenges, same difficulties faced, the same ultimate goal…the care of our patients before anything else (although universally we do bash the government for all the road blocks it has set up to prevent good patient care)

i think it is an interesting question to ponder…why are rescuers so different in this regard? why is it more about what we think than what we actually do? and why does what we think or even do have anything at all to do with someone else?

maybe it is because nursing really is the worlds oldest profession…we have been nursing others since mankind began. rescue is a newer thing, it is just over 100 years old.

food for thought for me while i stumble thru today, but one thing i have already figured out…the arrogence in rescue starts because for some reason we feel a need to justify who we are and what we do. we do that by looking at others, and then we start defining ourselves. we take it one step further and just have to tell ourselves and others that we measure up better than someone else.

6 Comments on "i was thinking"

  • Tracey says

    (and really, that flag is just flapping in the breeze, it is not actually accomplishing anything useful)

    You need to copyright that particular group of words Carol 🙂

  • Chris T says

    I think the difference is that with nursing you have a common foe to fight: the government, bureaucracy etc. Rescue does not have that so instead people focus on other things like how it is done. Just a thought.

  • Carol J says

    I’ve been in nursing for about 37 yrs..of that 28 yrs has been an RN.
    I’ve witness LOTS of back stabbing of nurses in one institution by another. Dr’s cutting down other Dr’s.

    It’s a fact of life. It really depended on who was doing the cutting whether it was considered valid.
    If it was one of the best in their area, Dr or nurse and they did it constructively, it was “OK”.
    But one nurse calling another institution “Flat Line General” well….that was something understood…but not discussed.

    I think that most health professionals have their opinions but don’t discuss them openly.
    Which is why I used to be more critical and outspoken on the rescue boards…before my accident. I haven’t worked my way up to that..yet.
    Still recovering.

    This is really about people passionate about what they are doing. I speak for myself here but I’m far more passionate about the dogs, who can’t look after thmselves, than I am about people who can (no I don’t work with kids)

    It happens in all walks of life…..rescue is no different.

  • Carol says

    maybe i have been lucky in where i have worked, i wouldn’t love my job so much if it wasn’t such a positive place filled with such great people..

    how are you doing anyway carol? i hope things are going well…that was a very scarey accident!!!!

  • Carol J says

    I know I’m stealing this thread but since you asked…..
    In a nutshell, I’m improving, Physically I’m ok.
    Physio says if it was just a physical problem, I’d be ready for work.
    I’m not. Probably will go back in June (1 yr after the accident)
    I get very tired esp after 7pm. This is from the head injury, they say.
    I make myself stay up for the dogs though…LOL
    If we had none, I’d be asleep by 8pm…LOL

    I walk..I drive..I’ve driven through THE intersection..no memories…which is good.

  • Carol says

    it is a long walk back from that kind of edge of life experience, physically and emotionally…you have done so very well….. that is because you are a tough, steel souled nurse..they either have to knock us off completely or just get the hell outta our way cuz we got things to do. sigh, yes dogs are good for keeping us from sleeping too much.

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