Why tending bar is better than nursing

*tongue in cheek*


1.  Bartenders aren’t expected to work 12 hour shifts.  If they’re on their feet, it’s for 8 hours or less.  Because employers understand that you can’t hump it for longer and be efficient and quick to serve the customer if you’re exhausted.

2.  Bartenders aren’t expected to also be maids, personal chefs, janitors, etc while they’re serving drinks.  While they may called on to function as lay psychiatrists and clergy, people don’t file complaints when bartenders are too busy with other customers’ drinks to give advice/comfort.

3.  When bartenders give advice, people don’t take it for anything other than personal advice.  They don’t sue bartenders for malpractice and bartenders don’t lose licenses over it.

4.  As a rule, most doctors respect bartenders and their contributions to society.  Even when bartenders give advice, doctors don’t view it as encroaching on their territory.  And they don’t think bartenders are their personal servants, just bringers of drinks.

5.  Bartenders aren’t expected to take their work home to finish if there are customers waiting when the shift is over.  Because employers understand that bartending is a job, not an all consuming career.  Bartenders don’t have to make phone calls for support services or follow up with other disciplines on their own time, and they don’t have to finish paperwork at home because they were too busy seeing customers during their shift, or because the computers were down at work.

6.  The boss doesn’t demand that the bartender give all their free time to being available for extra shifts, nor do they demand mandatory overtime, nor do they have to be on call for an emergency after hours drink.

7.  Bartenders don’t have to maintain special certifications and formal continuing education in order to tend bar.  While they do have to keep up on new drink recipes, no one is going to take away their job if they have to look it up once in a while.

8.  Bartenders aren’t at high risk of contracting deadly diseases in the course of performing their jobs.  You don’t generally get hepatitis as a result of tending bar.  You might get the flu or a cold though.

9.  Bartenders aren’t generally expected to wear white pants and shoes.  That is just the dumbest thing ever for either bartending or nursing.  White?  Really?  Enough said.

10.  Bartenders don’t generally collapse from work related stress.  If they burn out, no one condemns them as weak or unprofessional.

And finally, the best reason:

11.  Bartenders can actually make almost as much money as nurses.  Of course, they need to be at a busy bar, with a large customer base, but it’s most definitely possible.

Yes, I know this is simplistic.  Yes, I know you could probably argue with many of these.  And no, I don’t think doctors generally view nurses less than respectfully.  But there are a minority, big enough to notice, who do.

I like nursing, I really do.  The problem is that nursing is not really about nursing any more.  Some of that is good, much of it is bad.  When money rules everything, people suffer, plain and simple.

Have a good day.






3 responses

  1. Reblogged this on bearspawprint and commented:
    1. Having tended bar know that it was (twice/week) 16 or 18 hours. 2. Dishwashing, janitorial services including sweeping, moppoing, scrubbing, sanitizings, cleaning up vomit and other messes is included as perifial tasks, book keeping and handling money and payment collections are also tasks. 3. Bartendeds can now be held responsible for the drunken actions of customers after they leave the bar, in some situations. They can be jailed if they are decieved by false identification of underage customers. 4. Bartending and “serving” is service work. 5. Bartenders cannot go home until the work, including clean up and any prep work is completed. If this takes longer than is alloted in the budget or contract, you just do it anyway. Often alone or with only a few other employees with a great deal of cash and liquor, and fatigue. 6. Yes they do too. All jobs that pay by the hour have this criteria. 7. There is no time to “look it up” and yes bartenders do loose their jobs if they don’t know what they are doing. 8. Hepatisis does reside in bathrooms, on contaminated surfaces, other unknown infections reside in those places and on the glassware and all surfaces, as well as in the air. As a non-smoker, cigarrette smoke was a serious hazard for me. Drunken idiots also pose another sort of physical hazard. 9. Uniforms are expected of some, not of others. White shirts are appreciated as when they are clean, they llook clean. Check out the shoes that most cocktail waitresses have to wear …. and they often fill in for bartenders….and the ones that have uniforms? Would you want to work in that garb? 10. Caring about the quality of what you do and its effect on yourself and those you work with and family and friends is not a quality that seems to be admired by very much anymore. Nurses and patients are not the only ones suffereing in this sphere. One of my daughter’s in-law is a nurse (as is her Mother, as is one Sister-in-law and my second Mother-in law was an Army Nurse in WWII, and then a civilian nurse for the rest of her life…..and they all have suffered from work related stress ….. mostly caused by disrespect from doctors and administrative staff. And the $$ before care. That is going to get worse before it gets better. Austerity all around. 11. No it isn’t possible to make as much $$ as nurses. Not per hour and counting benifits. …. 12. Bartenders often don’t get brakes. Maybe this has changed some in the last 30 yrs. But I doubt much has. —–Bartending and cocktail waitressing are not the only work I’ve done —- but the only way that working in a bar or lounge was OK was sometimes there was outstandingly good live music. That was the best part of all!!!

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