Another article from the now (IMHO)infamous "Modern Healthcare" (March 5. 2001)entitled, Our Valuable Caregivers, Healthcare must do more to recruit and retain nurses". This was written by Clark W. Bell, Editor/associate publisher.
First Mr. Bell states, "launch a frontal assault designed to recruit new nurses and retain those already practicing this noble PROFESSION".
Then he goes on to say, "The American Nurses Association and other nursing TRADE groups have done a worthy job of promoting the cause...."
No wonder we have an image problem. This guy doesn't even seem to know which it is (profession/trade).
He continues, "...but they (the ANA and other nursing TRADE groups)need more muscle".
In the next breath he says, "In return, the nurse lobby should lighten up on the labor demands and management bashing." Is this guy schizo? Which is it "more muscle" or "lighten up"
He continues, "The elimination of mandatory overtime and adequate staffing ratios are almost impossible to achieve until the supply of nurses increases." Well I got news Clark, if you don't eliminate MOT soon your supply of nurses is going to get even smaller!
Clark thinks. "Organized nursing's nasty rhetoric about abuse in the workplace is best used at the negotiating table rather than in front of television cameras." My response to that is (hissed through clenched teeth), WHY DID MANAGEMENT LET IT GET TO THIS POINT? Nurses have been complaining to management for years and it has fallen on deaf ears. Their attitude has been, take it or leave it, and nurses left in droves. Now they're scratching their (management) heads wondering what happened? You can bet if nurses hadn't gotten "nasty" "in front of television cameras" they (management)would still be playing deaf, dumb and blind.
It is apparent the Mr. Clark's opinion is that nurses will only make progress with the help of unions, like the "often combative California Nurses Association".
It's too bad we have to get the bully on our side to get management to listen.
[ May 03, 2001: Message edited by: PeggyOhio ]