*nurses out of porn
*"nurse" costumes out of sex toy shops
*zero tolerance policy for verbal/physical abuse by docs/patients/family members/visitors toward nurses, with written copies of the policy handed out to all pts. and visitors, as well as new staff.
And I know THIS won't be popular, but.....
Nurses need to act, dress, and speak professionally at work. I'm guilty of not doing it at all times, and it really does drag down the profession. That means things like clean & neat appearance, PROPER GRAMMAR
(bad grammar dumbs you down to other people, no matter how intelligent you really are), and not being seen smoking by patients or visitors. There should be a separate smoking area for staff. I'm sorry, but smoking is gross, and everybody looks ugly doing it. Like it or not, it's an image problem.
And what about being addressed as "nurse so-and-so" instead of just your first name. Like, "Nurse Shay" instead of just "Shay?" One thing docs get to do is throw around that "I didn't go to xxx years of medical school to be called mr./mrs." crap, well, hey, I
didn't go to 4 years of nursing school to be called just "Shay." :chuckle
What about more money?
We live in a money-driven society, folks, and dollar is king. The more money you make, the more respect your profession gets. Simple economics and psychology, folks.
What about actually firing people
who do things like habitually call out, show up 10 minutes late, don't pull their weight at work, don't finish their assigned duties, don't chart properly, ARE LAZY AND RUDE?? Hmmm?? Teaching has a low amt. of respect because the suckiest teachers STILL remain employed regardless of their performance and/or demeanor. Nursing has the SAME PROBLEM.
Just some thoughts to start the ol' ball rolling.