More ignorance. Any wonder the public is confused! - page 3

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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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    Just insane. What kind of advice is that??? Good luck to that employee. Good to know that ANYONE can work as a nurse now.
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    Quote from xoemmylouox
    Just insane. What kind of advice is that??? Good luck to that employee. Good to know that ANYONE can work as a nurse now.
    I find in the quarterly journal my BON puts out that the going trend is

    1. Practicing without a License/misrepresentation of being an RN (what the person I guess was writing to the, ahem, journalist), MOST offenders NEVER been to nursing school AT ALL...(yes, my BON reports go like, no record of attending nursing program...)

    2. Failure to report violations against license (ie, arrested for aggravated assault, check fraud, illegal gun possession, etc)

    3. Surrender of license secondary to being declared mentally incompetent.

    Just FYI
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    Really astonishing. Looks like the columnist gets her idea of what constitutes competent nursing practice from, oh, House or General Hospital.
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    What many people don't know it that the Title nurse is protected in 38 states that make it a misdemeanor.
    Title "Nurse" Protection
    Background
    Restricting use of the title "nurse" to only those individuals who have fulfilled the requirements for licensure as outlined in each state's nurse practice act is a protection for the public against unethical, unscrupulous, and incompetent practitioners. Nurse practice acts describe entry level qualifications such as education, practice standards and code of conduct for continued privilege to practice nursing. Limiting use of the title "nurse" to only those who have satisfied the licensure requirements ensures the protection the public deserves.

    At least 37 states are known to have language in their Nurse Practice Act; either explicit in restricting use of the title "nurse" to only those who are licensed or implicit language restricting use of any words implying the individual is a licensed nurse.....

    AR, AZ
    , CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, KS, KY, MD, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, WY


    THere may be more states for this resource was late updated 5/2012....check with your state if your state doesn't have one get your nursing organization in your state get it passed.....make it illegal to use the title of nurse.

    Responsible journalism....
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    Oh look. It's a nurse manager who REALLY has no idea what their subordinates' jobs entail. Awesome.
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    Quote from Esme12
    Responsible journalism....
    Especially considering that if something happens to a pt based on a decision the employee made as "RN supervisor," or whatever it is that they call it. Sure, the company is going to be financially responsible; however, even if the employee claims that she told her employer, she can be on the hook for a criminal act. I doubt the government is going to buy the "I value my skills more than my degree" defense or the "just take a chill pill" defense.
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    There is thread going on here at AN that basically wonders how nursing schools can continue pumping out grads when the market is saturated.

    Well, I think journalism schools need to held responsible for the same offense! We have gotten to the point where "journalists" have to fill columns like the one in question here with falsehoods and outright dangerous information.

    Maybe this columnist should talk to one of the "can't find a job as a new grad" lawyers (since law schools also have over-saturated the market) and this person can notify her that she shouldn't tell those who come to her for advice to keep doing something that could be illegal.
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    This is me, throwing a big ol fat BS flag up in the air. I mean, why am I killing myself in my senior semester of nursing school if I could just interview super ultra mega great and impress them with the skills I've learned so far in school? Bc obviously I'm as skilled as an RN if THAT chick is. Maybe I'll drop out and start work now! Deurrr.
    Not_A_Hat_Person and psu_213 like this.
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    While looking up info about this so-called journalist, it seems that maybe she is not a "real" journalist. Apparently, the Washington Post held some kind of contest, and she won and got the columnist spot. My suggestion is to bombard the editors of the Washington Post with emails so they know what kind of person they have giving out this kind of advice.

    Oh, and it was a typo that I did spot and catch, before sending out the email. It should read, crime of omission, not crime of admission.
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    I will be very interested to see if this journalist responds to pudnluv's letter.
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