I've been listening to some talk about how obstetrical nurses don't have enough compassion for laboring women, or women who have recently given birth, if the nurse has not done so herself. I've said this before, and I will say this again: that's bullshit. While those of us can not exactly know what it feels like, we know how to care for a women who does. If it so appears that a nurse doesn't have any compassion or caring in her for a woman in labor, it has nothing to do with whether or not she's given birth. It has to do with the nurse just being in the wrong speciality, or even career, or she just plain sucks.
Now, how ridiculous would it be to have these same expectations on nurses in other fields? If this were the case, then here are some of the following implications and requirements of nurses:
- Oncology nurses must have suffered from cancer.
- Orthopedic nurses must have suffered from injury resulting in multiple fractures.
- Emergency nurses must have suffered from catastrophic trauma resulting in almost losing their life.
- GI nurses must have suffered from a bowel disease resulting in a colostomy.
- Bariatric nurses must have suffered from obesity.
- Gyn nurses must have suffered from reproductive tract disease.
- Psychiatric nurses must have been committed for mental illness.
- OR nurses must go under the knife.
- Home care nurses must have been housebound at one point in their lives.
- Hospice nurses must be dying, or have a family member dying.
- Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (S.A.N.E) must be raped.