What would they do today??

  1. Our historic leaders--Nightengale, Barton, et al--are portrayed as brave and courageous women who really got things done for their patients and their profession.

    If any one of them were alive today, given a modern scenario, what do you think they'd be doing?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   SICU Queen
    Working hospice.
  4. by   Furball
    Be highly successful CEO's of their own co's.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    LEAVE in DISGUST!!!! rofl nah, really, I think they would be serious advocates for returning nursing to its roots a bit more and letting NURSES do NURSING....not everything else we have inherited, keeping us away from the bedside more and more. Just my uneducated guess....
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes
    If any one of them were alive today, given a modern scenario, what do you think they'd be doing?
    They'd probably be having extensive bladder suspension procedures done.

    Heather
  7. by   nursegoodguy
    They'd be with the rest of us... frustrated over redundant documentation that is needed to cover ones... that also takes time away from doing the actual patient care... Somebody has to come up with a more efficient system for documentation?
  8. by   EricaCCRN
    They probably would have been fired long ago by the suits since their true patient advocacy would have gotten in the way of "cost effective" care.
  9. by   RNforLongTime
    Originally posted by EricaCCRN
    They probably would have been fired long ago by the suits since their true patient advocacy would have gotten in the way of "cost effective" care.
    Ditto!
  10. by   leesonlpn
    Get rid of management!! She'd smack them all in the head with her lantern.Heads would roll:roll
  11. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by leesonlpn
    Get rid of management!! She'd smack them all in the head with her lantern.Heads would roll:roll

    BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
  12. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    They would quit as soon as they realized that
    1> they didnt have to carry a bucket of coal into workwith them.

    2> They didnt have to sterilize and sharpen their needles at the beginning of the shift.

    3> They didnt have to clean all the bedpans when they got to work, to get ready for their shift

    4> they didnt have to live in dorms, and were allowed out more than one night a week, so they could go to church.

    5>That they no longer had to stand when a doctor entered the room

    6> That they could call doctors by their first name, and LIVE

    7> Im sure we could come up with a whole slew of these
  13. by   HRHNurse Carol
    They would do just as they did when faced with difficulty in their day- put their chin up, roll up their sleeves and make things different! What they did resonates thru the generations and what we are doing will also... and it will be good if we want it to be. A lot of things need to be changed or improved and we can. It wasn't easy for those before us either.
  14. by   shygirl
    I think they would be disgusted by the way nursing has become "a business" with paperwork and legalities. They would wonder why these people who call themselves nurses aren't at the bedside NURSING the people.

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