Is it just me, or is there a flux of non-nurses posting strong opinions on the boards lately?
Not sure what the rules on this are exactly, but I will say, I dont plan on renewing my Premium membership because of this. When I first came here, either these types were more rare, were around but.......knew their place, or I just didnt detect them as well as now. But, whatever the case may be, I find myself becoming more and more annoyed by them lately.
As I stated, when I was new here, this wasnt an issue so much. I liked the fact that this was considered a board for nurses. Its not so anymore. I get the same poor attitudes on the boards that I see in the general public with regards to nursing. Allnurses has ceased to be an oasis for nurses to discuss things that only other nurses understand. What's in it for me to remain an active member anymore? I can be told I should have more sympathy for drug addicts and be able to handle outrageous assignment loads for free anywhere. No need to get that from here.
This is very nursing related. How you say? Well, I think this issue reflects something that has sabotaged/compromised nursing's position in society. Is the fact that so many non-nursing individuals have a say in nursing's routines/philosophies not part of the reason we are considered low level labor instead of professionals? This site has become a mirror image of that issue.
I've seen doctors try to float it in here that nurses have no ground to stand on when they complain about verbal abuse from other doctors. Even tried to promote such behavior until more assertive types got him outta here.
I've seen patients go out of their way to lop the head of nurses who argue nursing is a profession and does not require one to have "a calling".
I've even seen recruiters (travel company) come in and complain about how little their companies make and try to point the finger at nurses for this.
Isnt there a site for these people to talk to peers instead of us at? All these people are given the same consideration by staff that we as nurses (and the rightful members) get. This should not be the case. Its one thing if a couple nurses disagree on an issue, but its a whole different beast when a non-nurse comes in and tries to dispell what we have to say. We as nurses often have our voices muted/stolen from us in the public forum. Why is it becoming acceptable here too?
I hate people who complain but cant offer any solutions/suggestions for a better way. So here is mine. Create a portion of the board that is for nurses only. Require license verification for access to the site. That way, people like me who are done being told what to thing and are ready to voice an opinion can do so without fear of having to defend themselves from someone with no place even posting an opinion on the matter (not here at least).
It is time to stop being bullied.
I gotta admit, I haven't had as much time to play on allnurses, lately, as in the past, but I haven't noticed the trend to OP mentions. There have always been some non-nurses, and yes, some don't know a code brown from apple butter, but I don't think it's always bad to get an outsider's perspective. One of my coping stratagies for PITA family members at work is trying to see things from their point-of-view. Another is just ignoring them. Neither is foolproof, but both have, at times, worked, and I think both could apply here.
Not often, but occassionally, I've been offended by the opinions of ignorant rubes--er, I mean, the lay public. My usual solution has been to get right down in the mud with 'em. One of my mantras at work has been: "Well, if they wanted a good nurse, they should have hired one." I guess that can apply to allnurses members, as well. Still, we do have the option of reporting offensive posts to the mods. As far as I can recall, having a stupid opinion doesn't violate the ToS, or I'd have been banned long ago, but I know for a fact reports don't go unnoticed.
Personally, I'd hate to see a lively, active member bail, but I gotta admit, taking an occassional "vacation" might not be a terrible thing. From time to time, I've gotten so caught up in the boards that it came to feel more like work than recreation, and work, as I'm sure we all know, sucks. Plus, I've got a new fly rod I need to try out.
Looking at it from a male nurse's perspective, maybe we just need a button that, once or twice a year, would allow us to track another poster down in their home life and beat the crap out of them. Hmm. Or maybe not.
ETA: It is not my intention to suggest that female nurses would not like to track people down and beat the crap out of them. In fact, that very possibility has given me pause to reevaluate my suggestion.
Last edit by nursemike on May 26, '09