I'm bringing this age old subject up because after thirty years in the profession I'm sadly beginning to wonder if we, as a Professional Group, nationwide (or worldwide for that matter), will ever find an effective way, as a cohesive group, to partner collaberatively and work toward making the changes necessary within the health care industry to serve our patients, clients and residents in the way we know we can.
The way things are now, for all of us, we are forced to surrender again and again to deteriorating working conditions, the most dangerous being under-staffing, floating to areas for which we are unprepared or inexperienced, and having to constantly reprioritize the "quality care" we want to deliver, but must "trim" because of inadequate staffing.
We are constantly held hostage by our employers demands for "mandatory overtime", self-serving financial interests (cost-cutting), and managed care.
We are 2million strong in this nation alone. How do we collectively empower ourselves, and make our voices heard once and for all?
Yes, we can join our State and National Organizations, but even they give only "token" acknowledgement of the very serious issues we confront 24/7 in our work settings.
Your input please.........
Bonnie C., RN