Jean Watson came to our hospital to speak about her caring module because (ta dah), we are again going on the Magnet Journey, even though we failed (deservingly so) earlier this year. It was so boring that we wanted to scream. Most of the people were dozing off, I was sending text messages just to stay awake (grateful for the plan that includes 200 text messages per month for $5.00 today, for sure). While I can admit that some suggestions she gave are things that I already use in my personal life, such as crystals, healing/prayer wells, sacred space, etc...but this was not an earthshaking experience. In fact, they had to force us to attend. It was mandatory that we come early (I work the late clinic), paid overtime or compensary time to attend this, and the response was so lackluster that I had to laugh. She asked when she was finished if anyone had any questions-dead silence. Then, she asked if anyone had a caring moment to share-again, dead silence. You could have heard a single snow flake land in that auditorium. Then, she said "Anyone?" almost desperately, and someone decided to say something just so that we can get out of there. I took that opportunity to sneak out the back door.
What disturbs me is that it seems that these theories are not used in real life. We have no compassion for each other, no consideration from our supervisors or nursing managers. This woman didn't give me incentive, because I know what it will be like when she placed her feet out of the door. No one wants Magnet, because this facility doesn't deserve it. The way nursing seems to be sinking, even if Florence Nightingale herself walked through the door, she could not bring a positive reception. Just venting...
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Thanks for posting the link. I just read the first page and it brought about food for thought. Many of the feelings I had already. I'll read the rest when I get home.
Our 2nd class was on theorists - I linked the students to the thread Karen posted too. Then we posted threads asking questions of members here about different theorists or fav theorists and if they were used in their practice.
Got some great conversations going.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Nov 14, '08