) As a new poster a week ago, I posted a response on another thread that in retrospect could've been worded more 'friendlier". So with this in mind, please bear with me as I try to be more careful and aware of the words I choose. It's not my purpose to offend anyone...
I find healthy dialogue about ackward, overwhelming and often "swept under the rug" topics of racism, ethnicity and culture within the nursing realm refreshing. Why? Because forums such as this does not exist at my job. It probably would in fact serve a better purpose, there in the midst of it all, but it ain't there. Nor do I feel comfortable walking up to other nurses starting conversations of this magnitude.
So with that being said, why is it so easy for a few of the senior posters to state things that refer to the thread as beating dead horses and tired issues? The threads are usually filed with insightful information, and though some I disagree with, most points are very valid. I've learned some things from a few of the ones that where deemed "tired".
The "Same ole rehashed stuff" reminds me of what my older sister would tell me when I was excited about something new. Nothing was new to her, because she had "been there and done it" way before me - Her younger sister. Why take the validity out of another's find? OK...Without beating around the bush any further, wouldn't if be better to move onto another better suited BB thread without the "Oh Lord" speech? I understand and respect that EVERYONE'S opinion is honored and heard here, but at some point if the "topic" is useless to you.... Then the thread isn't for you.
REITERATING that I'm not trying to single any one poster out nor am I trying to offend any one. Just merely stating my own opinion.
2) I do see less Caucasian women on the hospital floor, partially because I agree that there are more avenues in healthcare to affiliate with. Administrative Nursing (Case Management) seems to be the wave for those who enjoy nursing, but want less bedside care. Also with all the regulatory "stuff" that by law is mandated to be accomplished, more hospitals have created divisions and sub divisions of nursing to address how hospital goals are to be met. I see a lot of Caucasian women heading these departments.
Additionally, it's hard not to burn out doing acute hospital care for years...and years.... and years...,without yearning to do something else and/or more. We spend so much time training for the nursing trade that once we are there, we don't envision leaving until retirement. We tend to move around within healthcare, which makes healthcare a leading trade - because of this flexibility.
Does it bother me that nurses are recruited from outside the USA to fill these seemingly abandoned bedside positions? No. It's all about staffing and patient care. My only concern (not "beef" or "complaint") is the language barrier sometimes interferes with communicating with the patient or with others regarding patient care. But even with this drawback, I find it incredibly courageous for someone to leave their home, family and all that's known to live in a land where there's challenges, learn a new language and culture. I admire those who have succeeded and therefore give them a break when the nouns aren't quite right.