A response to the Vanderbilt outlook.
The Vanderbilt case dear colleague is THE
problem with nursing: Nursing is NOT a respected profession. In as much as people vote nursing at the most trusted, yeah right, it certainly is not the most respected. I would rather have their respect than their trust, let my family and loved ones trust me. A doctor, be as grumpy as he or she might, is well-respected. As most other professions are, but certainly not nursing.
Nursing provides a good source of living
But to what loss? For what cause? The reason people are able to be stirred to a higher cause is because there is a buy-in, they believe their input matters. The opposite is the case in nursing.
Change, you say? WHAT CHANGE
? There is no change in nursing, at least not at bedside. You are treated as easily replaceable and your opinions do not always count. There is trepidation, there is fear. You always wonder what "mistakes" they might ferret out. You see, they have to burrow really deep!
What life is it that you gain no joy from what you do? Innovation is lacking or out rightly shot down because of a fear that it actually just might work. Asinine!
Apple is a success story because innovativeness is welcomed.
Employees are called partners and spirit is high.
Better get to it and clean the toilets while you are at it.
It is what Florence Nightingale would have wanted...Ludicrous!
Why pick and choose? Why not wear starched white gowns with little cute white caps while we are at it (smiles). After all, "it is what Florence Nightingale would have wanted"!
There is a vast difference between nursing and the business world. Perhaps it is because it is a field largely populated by women, I know not.
women, "sit at the table"~
PS: These are strictly the views of the author. It is not the intent to disparage nursing itself, but shed a light on its problems. Healthy arguments or opposing views are welcomed.
Quote from EJM
This may seem simplistic, but other people's opinions shouldn't be the reason for entering or leaving a profession. What matters is your opinion of what you do and how well you do what you do. While respect is nice, I could care less if 99% of the nation thought nursing was a unrespectable profession. I got into it and will stay or leave for my own reasons/desires.
And I'd like to point out IMO that teachers and nurses are the most admired for their willingness to care about people despite the abuse that everyone knows they get on a daily basis! So.. If you are a teacher who became a nurse, or a nurse who became a teacher... Double good karma, apparently. Ha ha!
(No, i didnt do research, this is gut reaction to someone saying that they are a teacher, etc. I always hear, "you must have some kind of patience to put up with everyone yelling at you every day." "Wow. I don't love people enough to take that kind of abuse." Etc.)
Last edit by NurseOnAMotorcycle on Sep 9, '13