Anti-nurse Editorial - page 2

by Cdn_Psych | 3,158 Views | 15 Comments

Editorial from the "National Post", a Canadian right wing newspaper. The current exchange rate for the Canadian dollar is 65.4 US cents. So the $32 per hour rate quoted in the editorial works out to $20.93 per hour in US... Read More


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    So what should we do Liliana? Now that we've been legislated back to work, any suggestions for a better action plan?

    As an aside, our union leader (who I admit I am not crazy about) has pointed out that nurses are trained professionals and would be able to find work outside of the fast food industry. This editorial is the one saying we can't do any better. I find that very insulting.
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    Dear Fergus, do you agree we should be more
    "up to date" with our times? Yes, as nurses we
    just want to be able to care for patients but
    times have changed. We do not want to be political
    but times are very political.If we want to be heard - we need to speak the language.
    What are WE going to different if all our requests
    are granted? What is going to change for patients if we get more money, better benefits and better nurse/patient ratio??
    Do you really believe asking repeatedly for more money and more nurses will solve our problems and
    improve health care?
    We should start by carefully screening WHO speaks for us and WHAT are they going to say.
    We should partner with everybody who is interested in better health care.
    We should define our role and our goals very clearly.
    We should mobilize our potential and "dare" the
    most innovative ones to create the "vision".
    What do we need to do this??- offers will be coming automatically...............believe me.
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    Originally posted by liliana [/i]
    [BWhat is going to change for patients if we get more money, better benefits and better nurse/patient ratio??B]
    A LOT! Are you actually implying that having better contract for nurses (which attracts more nurses) and safe staffing levels won't help patients? Am I completely misunderstanding you?

    [B Do you really believe asking repeatedly for more money and more nurses will solve our problems and
    improve health care? B]
    Yes I do in large part. More money = More nurses =more beds, less OT and smaller waitlists. Places that pay well tend to attract more nurses (like ALb and the US). The biggest threat to our health care system is the shortage of nurses willing to work in it.

    [B We should start by carefully screening WHO speaks for us and WHAT are they going to say.
    We should partner with everybody who is interested in better health care.
    We should define our role and our goals very clearly.
    We should mobilize our potential and "dare" the
    most innovative ones to create the "vision".
    What do we need to do this??- offers will be coming automatically...............believe me.
    B]

    OK, I can agree with most of this, but can you give me something more concrete than collaborate and have vision? I know what our goals were for this contract. How could they have been achieved? I need some real, palpable suggestions which will effect change NOW, not in 20 years.
    Last edit by brian on Oct 18, '06
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    Dear Fergus you did not misunderstood, you just reacted as most of the nurses would.
    More money - yes ,nice, it would maybe motivate the ones asking for it ( do not forget money is a short term motivator ) it might attract a bit more
    people ( hopefully the money is not the only reason they would pick nursing as a profession).
    More nurses - they are not around, the "attracted"
    ones are not going to be ready for at least 2 (soon 4) years, this cry is not realistic or practical.
    What I am suggesting is redefining role of the
    nurse. Start by taking away all non-nursing tasks
    away from the nurse.Look around that health care
    organization and ask questions - who are all this people crowding the space from 9-4? How come there is only a nurse you can see beside the patient
    between 4 and 9??
    You said yourself we need something that works NOW!
    I do have lots of concrete ideas but this space is limited.
    Thank you for such a detailed analysis of my reply.
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    More money doesn't just attract new nurses, it brings current nurses from out of province and those that left the profession. Over 500 nurses who had left the profession got in touch with ALB's nursing org to find out about refresher courses after they got their new contract with a raise. Nurses are around, just not around here. They get treated better elsewhere and everyone is shocked when they go elsewhhere.

    I want to know the magic answer to solving a complex problem. Maybe it doesn't exist.

    I couldn't agree with you more about eliminating non-nursing duties!!!! We did this at the start of our job action and the hospital was in chaos. Administrators had to pick up the slack and were working nights and weekends and 12 hour shifts (Gee.. now why does that sound familiar? ). For all the complaining we do about not having enough time to do everything, it is amazing how many jobs we do that are not at all related to nursing. How much time do we waste making beds, transferring patients, getting them food, etc? How much does the hospital save by making us do this rather than hiring enough people in housekeeping, portering, food services, etc?
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    Agree 100%. So why isn't this happening?
    Why aren't we a part of the process where
    this is being decided? "Hospital" is WE, all of
    us - not somebody else, doing this to us!

    ( of course hospital will be in a chaos if we "just drop it" , again a "childish" method,
    would you do this to your family? drop the
    tasks you do not consider yours - just to
    prove your point? how long does it work?
    wouldn't you rather present the knowledge
    and evidence based , oponent attractive plan
    and make them buy into it?)


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