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

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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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    Quote from Pudnluv
    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.
    "Guest" journalist...pfffffft!!!!! The LEAST she could do is be KNOWLEDGABLE about WHAT she is talking about!!! I hope we can get enough complaints to the editor so that we can AT LEAST have a printed retraction or something...
    Can you give me the contact Pudnluv???? Thanks!!
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    Hahahahahahaaaa

    Oh, wow...
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    You can write to wpmagazine@washpost.com. Or go to the Washington Post, click on Opinions and there should be a link to letters to the editors. I wrote to both.
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    I got the feeling from the letter that the woman is an LPN, or possibly an MA or someone with a lot of medical office experience. She doesn't say she has the same skills as an RN--she says she has the skills to do the job. That is certainly possible! In fact, it is EVIDENT--she's doing a good job, based on her description of her current status. And she isn't managing RNs, though it sounds like other people in the same position may be managing RNs.

    Sometimes jobs are "RN preferred" and they end up hiring someone else. Doesn't mean that person is trying to pass herself off as an RN.

    In other words: simmer down.
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    Quote from BonnieSc
    I got the feeling from the letter that the woman is an LPN, or possibly an MA or someone with a lot of medical office experience. She doesn't say she has the same skills as an RN--she says she has the skills to do the job. That is certainly possible! In fact, it is EVIDENT--she's doing a good job, based on her description of her current status. And she isn't managing RNs, though it sounds like other people in the same position may be managing RNs.Sometimes jobs are "RN preferred" and they end up hiring someone else. Doesn't mean that person is trying to pass herself off as an RN.In other words: simmer down.
    But she said her employees refer to her as the "RN manager". That's fraud, no two ways about it. And I like how at the end of her "advice" Karla says they should change the job description to "RN or equivalent experience". The only people who have equivalent experience to a RN are.... RNs.
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    Quote from Pudnluv
    You can write to wpmagazine@washpost.com. Or go to the Washington Post, click on Opinions and there should be a link to letters to the editors. I wrote to both.
    Thanks, Pudnluv!!
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    But she said her employees refer to her as the "RN manager". That's fraud, no two ways about it. And I like how at the end of her "advice" Karla says they should change the job description to "RN or equivalent experience". The only people who have equivalent experience to a RN are.... RNs.
    Exactly, Brandon, hence most if us being up in arms about it and the advice...her words not ours...sounds like the person is a FRAUD....or, maybe the person shouldn't have written to Karla and asked us at AN...that would've cleared up this issue by now...*just a thought*...
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    Quote from BonnieSc
    In other words: simmer down.
    The thing that really upset me was that this "journalist" (or whatever the heck she is) implied...no, flat out said, that an RN license is an "irrelevant standard." That is pretty insulting to anyone who paid their way through school and then passed the NCLEX. Are you an RN? Does it not bother you that someone is saying that your education and your license are irrelevant? I think you better understand what people are upset about before you tell them to simmer down.
    Last edit by psu_213 on Jan 20, '13
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    Also, it's pretty insulting that she applied for a RN position saying, "I'm not a nurse, but I have all the skills needed for the job." No, no you do not. And how about Karla calling a RN licence "some irrelevant qualification" Really?
    Well, let's put her on a med/surg floor with a buttload of sick people and see how far her 'nursing skills' go. She'd being peeing down her legs in minutes.
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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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