Originally posted by PeggyOhio:
I agree it's going to take a lot more than ribbons. But the problem is getting nurses past this "hopelessness" that they can do anything to change the situation.
Peggy, I agree we need to get past the hopelessness. For this purpose, wouldn't a pin shaped like handcuffs be a more appropriate symbol, since the health system has got us literally handcuffed?
Perhaps more expensive, I agree, but very effective, and bound to get people asking what it's all about.
It is a very small step, though. How many people actually ask you about the ribbon and how many tell other people about it? My suggestion is announce to the press you are about to launch this "silent campaign" and the more papers/tv channels/radio stations the better. This not only gives it good publicity, it makes it official. Then other hospitals catch on and.... a small campaign becomes a big one.
Also, make sure you have a blurb ready on exactly what it is you are launching a campaign about. It's no good saying: "we want better working conditions". Both administration and the public need to know: "We are tired of working 12-16 hour shifts" or "getting payed less than a garbage removalist"...oops hygiene and sanitation engineer (political correctness)
I guess what I'm saying is, if you want to empower nurses to do something, do it properly, otherwise pretty soon they will say, "what's the point - it doesn't achieve anything". Show them it does. Your basic idea is good, though. Keep it up!