More ignorance. Any wonder the public is confused! - page 4

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

  1. Visit  hershdawg profile page
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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,
    damn straight
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  2. Visit  prnqday profile page
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    She is misreprensenting herself. Someone needs to call her out on it. You cannot be a RN manager without having a RN license. Point.Blank.Period.
    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.
  3. Visit  djh123 profile page
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    I agree w/some others - the whole little 'article' was weird. And yeah, if you can practice as an RN without a degree (which means there's no way you'd have a license either), then yeah, wow, you can do anything! Why have degrees or certificates? "I had model rockets when I was a kid, so uh, I could like, be an astronaut, right?" Sho' nuff!
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  4. Visit  yoganurs profile page
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    I have no doubt this woman does zero patient care, does not work at a hospital and probably works at a nurse-temp agency who preferred to hire a nurse, but instead hired her.
  5. Visit  Nightingallow profile page
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    Ha ha ha ha!!!...or maybe it's like this...do you concur?

  6. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    I concur...Dr Welby

    The journalist doesn't get it, isn't well enough informed to get that she doesn't get it, and the person in the "RN Manager" role may well be in jeopardy.

    There is no way of knowing what she is actually doing, but the fact that they continue to refer to her as RN Manager suggests that something is not right here.
    Last edit by tewdles on Jan 21, '13
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  7. Visit  djh123 profile page
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    Ha ha - thanks for the 2 clips. And guess what movie I just added to my Netflix queue? :^) (I knew about it - and it's based on a true story, but had forgotten about it... so thanks).
  8. Visit  Pudnluv profile page
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    Here is the letter I received today from Karla L. Miller


    Karla Miller <karla.miller@gmail.com>
    3:16 PM (1 hour ago)

    to me

    Hi Karen, and thanks for writing in. Yours is one of many comments I have received on this column, both online and in the Washington Post inbox, setting me straight on my response to the non-RN worker.

    I meant no disrespect to registered nurses, and certainly didn't mean to imply that anyone can do their work. I was focused entirely on the letter writer and her specific (purely administrative) job. But you and other knowledgeable readers have convinced me that the important issue is state law and her employer's misuse of the term "RN." Even though I think the letter writer has been honest and scrupulous with her employer, that may not be enough to protect her.

    I will definitely be running a follow-up in an upcoming column (to appear late February/early March) explaining how my advice fell short and urging the letter writer to protect herself.

    Thank you for explaining the issues and for giving me an opportunity to make amends. I hope you will keep reading and continue to keep me on track.
    Karla

    I just wanted to share this with everyone.
    yoganurs, psu_213, Esme12, and 7 others like this.
  9. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from Pudnluv
    Here is the letter I received today from Karla L. Miller

    Karla Miller <karla.miller@gmail.com>
    3:16 PM (1 hour ago)
    to me

    Hi Karen, and thanks for writing in. Yours is one of many comments I have received on this column, both online and in the Washington Post inbox, setting me straight on my response to the non-RN worker.

    I meant no disrespect to registered nurses, and certainly didn't mean to imply that anyone can do their work. I was focused entirely on the letter writer and her specific (purely administrative) job. But you and other knowledgeable readers have convinced me that the important issue is state law and her employer's misuse of the term "RN." Even though I think the letter writer has been honest and scrupulous with her employer, that may not be enough to protect her.

    I will definitely be running a follow-up in an upcoming column (to appear late February/early March) explaining how my advice fell short and urging the letter writer to protect herself.

    Thank you for explaining the issues and for giving me an opportunity to make amends. I hope you will keep reading and continue to keep me on track.
    Karla

    I just wanted to share this with everyone.
    ^^^^YAY!!!!
    nursel56, prnqday, and sapphire18 like this.
  10. Visit  prnqday profile page
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    All forgiven. Thank you pudluv for being our voice!
    Quote from Pudnluv
    Here is the letter I received today from Karla L. Miller


    Karla Miller <karla.miller@gmail.com>
    3:16 PM (1 hour ago)

    to me


    Hi Karen, and thanks for writing in. Yours is one of many comments I have received on this column, both online and in the Washington Post inbox, setting me straight on my response to the non-RN worker.

    I meant no disrespect to registered nurses, and certainly didn't mean to imply that anyone can do their work. I was focused entirely on the letter writer and her specific (purely administrative) job. But you and other knowledgeable readers have convinced me that the important issue is state law and her employer's misuse of the term "RN." Even though I think the letter writer has been honest and scrupulous with her employer, that may not be enough to protect her.

    I will definitely be running a follow-up in an upcoming column (to appear late February/early March) explaining how my advice fell short and urging the letter writer to protect herself.

    Thank you for explaining the issues and for giving me an opportunity to make amends. I hope you will keep reading and continue to keep me on track.
    Karla

    I just wanted to share this with everyone.
    tewdles likes this.
  11. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Yes, thank you PudnLuv!
  12. Visit  Ruas61 profile page
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    That's a good thing in how she responded.
    Not_A_Hat_Person likes this.

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