strategies for change - page 2

Shortages of nurses are getting worse and is also occurring outside of the USA. Recruitment of foreign nurses may not be an option for the US healthcare system in the future. Conditions are... Read More

  1. by   ainz
    We all should be proud of our profession and I know many of us are. However, as I read some of the threads and posts here, I see that many are very discouraged and have a very negative view of nursing. I feel this way at times.

    It is a great profession and we truly are in a position to greatly influence our healthcare system as a whole. I don't think that many nurses realize that, think globally, or really care about these kinds of issues enough to take action. That is OK, not every nurse has to. But for those of us that are interested in this kind of thing, we need to take action that is effective.

    No quick fixes here. First thing all of us can do regardless of position or tenure is to take pride in what we do and our profession. If we don't communicate professionalism and pride in our profession . . . who will?!?! Absolutely NO ONE!!!

    I recently returned from a foriegn country where I conducted a seminar for doctors and nurses. I was very surprised at their perception of American nurses. Ladies and gentlemen--American nurses are held in very high esteem as some of the most educated and professional in the world. They were also literally shocked to learn that in America, a nurse can become a hospital CEO, furthering their belief that America is truly the land of opportunity. American nurses have one of the highest levels of autonomy in the world.

    We have many issues and I am not satisfied with where our profession is, but, we should also look at what we do have and be proud of what we are.
  2. by   Gloria Poole,RN
    admin note: entire post removed due to and off-topic religous rant and scripture quoting etc... this is a nursing bb, not a religion bb. please do not use the bb for these purposes and please stick to the original topic. thanks
    Last edit by brian on Aug 19, '03
  3. by   iliel
    Gloria, I'm sorry, but I'm not to sure what your getting at. And, I'm offended. My family all chose to adhere to my grandmothers wishes to stop liquids so she could stop suffering. She was a religious woman. How dare you refer to someone as an assasin
    No one here is a killer, I think that word is used a little too strongly by you.
    I think this is the wrong place for this post. IMHO.
  4. by   iliel
    Ainz, may I ask what country you went to, what where some of the diferences you saw. That sounds like a very interesting trip.
  5. by   Gloria Poole,RN
    admin note: entire post removed due to and off-topic religous rant and scripture quoting etc... this is a nursing bb, not a religion bb. please do not use the bb for these purposes and please stick to the original topic. thanks
    Last edit by brian on Aug 19, '03
  6. by   iliel
    Ok, I'm not responding to this after this post. I came to this thread to read what Ainz had to say.
    Gloria, you have me so angry that I am shaking. How dare you insinuate that I "killed" my grandmother. No one wanted her more than her family, she had cancer, she was in pain and totaly with it. She chose to go the most humane way she knew, not hooked up a a machine, that is no quality of life. NO ONE
    I will NOT ask God for forgiveness, I don't need to. My grandmother was a nurse, she was my inspiration. A strong woman, a good nurse, a loving mother and grandmother. NO ONE told her she was a burden. You, Gloria, can not judge other ppls situations, you are not GOD. I'm sorry, but this is the worst thing I've ever heard.
    I said my peace, I'm done.
  7. by   Gloria Poole,RN
    To Mattie Stepanak:

    I really appreciated your message, and I think it is timely! Also, upbeat in the encouragement to be something extraordinary.

    Gloria
  8. by   Gloria Poole,RN
    admin note: entire post removed due to and off-topic religous rant and scripture quoting etc... this is a nursing bb, not a religion bb. please do not use the bb for these purposes and please stick to the original topic. thanks
    Last edit by brian on Aug 19, '03
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    I would like to take this opportunity to send this thread SCREECHING back to its initial topic which is strategies for change in restoring professionalism to nursing.

    Gloria: I ask you to please stick to topic and avoid proselytizing. There is a thread "we are Christian nurses" in the break room which you may find a more appropriate discussion area. Thank you.
  10. by   ainz
    Dear Gloria Poole,RN

    I appreciate your comments and your obvious conviction and/or need to share them. This thread is about strategies to advance the profession of nursing not a thread discussing euthanasia or abortion. It is also not a thread to attempt to explain the nature of God, Christ, or Christianity.

    For what it's worth, I certainly appreciate your willingness to give your time and effort to this BB, we need all the nurses we can get to show some interest in the issues our profession faces but please do not come here to "preach" or judge anyone.

    Thanks
  11. by   Tiki_Torch
    Super Big Thank You to Brian for being an extraordinary Administrator! I appreciate your efforts to help keep our boards a safe and comfy place for us all to be!!!

    :kiss
  12. by   live4today
    Ainz...how can I...a RN...become CEO of a hospital? What steps do I need to take to do that? Becoming CEO of a hospital is what I would like to delve into, so any information you can share with me would be most helpful. Thank you.
  13. by   ainz
    cheerfuldoer--I see you are interested in becoming a CEO, I also read in another post of yours that you want to own and operate your own hospital. I think our goals meet on this one. Would love to discuss with you sometime.

    To become a CEO, first you have to get the education needed. You should ultimately come out with a graduate degree in healthcare administration, an MBA, or a MSN/MBA, or MSN/MHA, or you could do what I did and get the MSN with emphasis in healthcare administration. All of the graduate programs require some sort of internship and it is here you have excellent opportunity to get a job in administration with a company and then you are on your way. Should take anywhere from 3 to 5 years to become a CEO after that.

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