More ignorance. Any wonder the public is confused! - page 2

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The ignorance evident in this article is just staggering to me. No wonder the general public is confused.... Read More


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    The person never really says what her job is. She could be an office manager in a doctor's office that oversees both clinincal and non clinical staff. I've worked in a few doc's office where the manager was not a nurse. The thing that bothers me is that she says she has the same skills as an RN.
    Unless she went to an accredited nursing school and is licensed in her state, she does not possess the skills. This Karla chick, whoever she is, might want to have advised the questioner that working as an RN without a license is a crime. Honestly, the whole thing offended me.
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jan 20, '13 : Reason: edit formatting
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    This is the email I just sent to Karla at wpmagazine@washpost.com.



    I read your response to the person who wrote in asking if she should be worried about her job because she is not an RN. First, if she is working under the title of RN manager, then she certainly should be worried. Using the title RN without a license is the same as calling yourself and MD without a medical license. It is illegal. No one can call themselves "nurse" unless they have a valid nursing license. Also, saying that one does not have a RN license, but has all the skills of an RN is ludicrous. Just because I can dissect a pig's brain, does not make me a neurosurgeon. To become a Registered Professional Nurse, one must attend an accredited school, learn the skills and theory, practice the skills and theory and then take a state licensing exam. All that to become minimally competent to practice nursing. Nursing is a profession that requires school, training and practice. It is not something one carries in their back pocket to whip out and say "Oh, I can do that too." If the job description called for administrative skills only, then yes, the questioner may have had those skills. if that is the case, then the appropriate title would be administrative manager, not RN manager. Even though she may not use the title, she is letting others refer to her title as an RN. Is she actively correcting this? If not, a crime of admission is still a crime. She should be reported to the state board of nursing for practicing without a license. Your advice was erroneous and insulting to all the nurses out there who worked hard to earn their title. Please show the respect to our profession that is our due.

    Sincerely,
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 20, '13 : Reason: request
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    Quote from Pudnluv
    This is the email I just sent to Karla at wpmagazine@washpost.com.

    I read your response to the person who wrote in asking if she should be worried about her job because she is not an RN. First, if she is working under the title of RN manager, then she certainly should be worried. Using the title RN without a license is the same as calling yourself and MD without a medical license. It is illegal. No one can call themselves "nurse" unless they have a valid nursing license. Also, saying that one does not have a RN license, but has all the skills of an RN is ludicrous. Just because I can dissect a pig's brain, does not make me a neurosurgeon. To become a Registered Professional Nurse, one must attend an accredited school, learn the skills and theory, practice the skills and theory and then take a state licensing exam. All that to become minimally competent to practice nursing. Nursing is a profession that requires school, training and practice. It is not something one carries in their back pocket to whip out and say "Oh, I can do that too." If the job description called for administrative skills only, then yes, the questioner may have had those skills. if that is the case, then the appropriate title would be administrative manager, not RN manager. Even though she may not use the title, she is letting others refer to her title as an RN. Is she actively correcting this? If not, a crime of admission is still a crime. She should be reported to the state board of nursing for practicing without a license. Your advice was erroneous and insulting to all the nurses out there who worked hard to earn their title. Please show the respect to our profession that is our due.

    Sincerely,
    Well said!
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 20, '13 : Reason: quote
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    And how about Karla calling a RN licence "some irrelevant qualification" Really?
    When I read the question and the first part of the answer I was thinking "ok, whatever, this is just some people who don't know much about the situation providing sill commentary." The I reached this statement and was just floored. I always thought the Post provided thoughtful insight, but to call a nursing license an "irrelevant standard?" I can't even being to explain how wrong and insulting this is. All I can say, is that I'm glad I don't work around this or any other unlicensed 'RN managers.' As for the author of this piece, I don't waste any time paying attention to uneducated talking heads who just say stuff for the point of filling our heads with mindless drivel.
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    Quote from TakeTwoAspirin
    Perhaps Karla would let me do her taxes this year. I'm pretty good at math. I think I'll call myself an Accountant, yeah.
    I have a few college degrees and I have been working for several years. True, none of the degrees are in journalism and none of my work has been in writing for newspapers...however, these are just irrelevant standards for someone who wants a job in journalism. I'm sure I can make up some half truths and put together some interesting articles that provide career advice. Therefore, I should get Karla's job. This is the only time I've read a piece by Karla, but I'm pretty darn sure my article would be a better read.
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    One other comment on this. Suppose Karla had surgery. I'm almost 100% sure that she is going to want the person caring for her in the PACU, ICU, and step-down to be a licensed nurse. Somehow I think "ah well, you have the skills...who cares if you didn't go to school for this?" is not going to cut it when Karla's life is on the line.
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    Reader: Recently, I have heard them refer to me as an “RN manager” (I manage a team, but they are not RNs). And now my supervisors will hire only RNs for my position. . . . .etc

    Karla: There’s a lot of this going around. Hold on while I get my white lab coat.

    Symptoms: Despite positive feedback and rewards, subject lives in fear of being “found out” for failing to meet an irrelevant standard.
    Apparently not so irrelevant to Reader's employer, huh? I give Karla a big #fail at understanding the meaning of this one, although she did take time to comment that the impolitic headline was not her doing, and anyway those headline writers are simply too busy to bother with "nuance".
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    This is the email I just sent to Karla at wpmagazine@washpost.com.

    I read your response to the person who wrote in asking if she should be worried about her job because she is not an RN. First, if she is working under the title of RN manager, then she certainly should be worried. Using the title RN without a license is the same as calling yourself and MD without a medical license. It is illegal. No one can call themselves "nurse" unless they have a valid nursing license. Also, saying that one does not have a RN license, but has all the skills of an RN is ludicrous. Just because I can dissect a pig's brain, does not make me a neurosurgeon. To become a Registered Professional Nurse, one must attend an accredited school, learn the skills and theory, practice the skills and theory and then take a state licensing exam. All that to become minimally competent to practice nursing. Nursing is a profession that requires school, training and practice. It is not something one carries in their back pocket to whip out and say "Oh, I can do that too." If the job description called for administrative skills only, then yes, the questioner may have had those skills. if that is the case, then the appropriate title would be administrative manager, not RN manager. Even though she may not use the title, she is letting others refer to her title as an RN. Is she actively correcting this? If not, a crime of admission is still a crime. She should be reported to the state board of nursing for practicing without a license. Your advice was erroneous and insulting to all the nurses out there who worked hard to earn their title. Please show the respect to our profession that is our due.

    Sincerely,
    Just WOW...Wouldn't said it better myself!
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 20, '13 : Reason: quote
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    Quote from Pudnluv
    Even though she may not use the title, she is letting others refer to her title as an RN. Is she actively correcting this? If not, a crime of admission is still a crime.
    Overall, I like what you had to say in your letter a lot. But I have to point out that what you meant to write was "a crime of omission ..." not "admission." I hope it was just a typo here in allnurses and not an error made in the letter sent to the columnist. When trying to represent the profession of nursing in the public media, it's a good idea to have a few people proof-read your writing to catch those sorts of errors. They can make us look poorly educated and/or careless -- and that's the last impression we want to make.

    But I do applaud you for trying to do something positive about the problem.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Jan 20, '13
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    Kudos to Pudnluv! Please keep us updated regarding the response to your letter
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