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  • Dec 23 '12

    In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million 'dissidents', unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated
    In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.
    China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated
    Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
    Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.
    You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.
    Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
    The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
    With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'.
    During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
    If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.
    Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

    It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.
    You're not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people.

    Okay.. yes that was long winded. However it IS factual. The horrific nightmare was caused by a loner determined to inflict pain and suffering, if not by a armed weapon.. then some other means. And remember...he chose a GUN FREE ZONE, FULLY AWARE he faced NO resistance. It was ONLY when law enforcement showed up did he do us a favor, and took his own life.

    Guns are inanimate objects, incapable of self action. It takes a PERSON to cause harm. Its time to start seeing the forest instead of the trees. Time to reach out to PEOPLE whom are hurting and let them know they are cared for and valued. The human touch is needed... not another gun control law.

  • Dec 23 '12

    Maybe I can answer part of this. I worked in small hospital for about 4 years. Knew everyone and made good friends. We went out for cocktails or dinner some evenings. I had many laughs and enjoyed everyone. I also worked my tail off. If someone needed a day off I worked for them. It bit me hard in the end. I went on vacation and came back to find I had been fired. Management did not like how I charted one night. Since I live in a "right to work state" there was no discussion. I sobbed for days. I not only lost my job but my friends as well. I am still recovering from this even though it has now been a couple of years. Never ever will I put myself in that vulnerable of a position again. I will keep my friends separate from my work. I do not want to be hurt like that ever again.

  • Dec 22 '12

    Most people don't realize the real problem is the culture in which we live, and that we are the problem. Our society thrives on violence, popular culture is full of it. The only way to stop it is to start demanding that our society live up to a higher standard. Don't purchase music, movies, video games etc that condone or glorify violence. The same goes with television, stop watching, don't let your kids watch. Demand more quality from the entertainment industry, start boycots and letter writing campaigns. With popular culture it is the consumer who rules, and we are fed what we demand, if we demand something different then we will get something different. It's not a simple solution and will take a generation or more but the time to start changing our culture is now. Laws will not stop the violence, it starts at home, with you. What kind of TV shows do you watch, what do your kids watch and what kind of video games do they play? Anyone of you who watch violent movies, tv shows, video games , music etc. and let your kids do the same are responsible for the violent state of affairs in this country. Americans are mass consumers of violence and perversity and we have reaped what we have sewn. We blame everybody but oursleves. The same goes with our corrupt political system and failing economy, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Take a good look at your actions then ask what you can do to change things.

    No I am not some religious nut, I'm not some right or left wing nut either. I am just a nurse with a wife and four kids who is fed up with America. Our founding fathers must be turning in their graves at the thought of what America has become. We must demand more from ourselves, our fellow citizens, and our leaders.

    I think I've rambled enough and hope you all get the point.


  • Dec 22 '12

    If you have had a dozen interviews with no offers you need to get some help on interviewing skills.

  • Dec 22 '12

    The more I read this thread, the more I regret my BSN.

    Right now I have basically a worthless piece of paper that I paid $80,000 for.

  • Dec 22 '12

    Quote from Yosemite, RN
    3 months, just landed crappy job for just over 1/2 my last pay, made this much like 24 years ago. # of applications? Too many to count, even outside the nursing field. 3 interviews.

    Opinion? Answer: engineered sour economy, purposeful topedoing of the nursing profession by advertising "nursing shortage," while importing as many foreign nurses as possible while pumping out new grads. Simple laws of economics... supply and demand. Nurses are now a dime a dozen, full time work (for the most part) will diminish as will wages and benefits. Employers will always tell you that staffing is the highest overhead. Administrators in every healthcare situation are, or will be, looking for just about any way they can to cut staffing overhead.
    I thought I was the only one that realized this! Entertaining answer..but what's really sad about it is that it's 100% true!

  • Dec 22 '12

    Seems you have something against addicts... I work in addictions and I can tell you nobody wakes up saying " I think I'll become a heroin addict today, completely screw up my life up and family over." It's a valid diagnosis and unfortunately people view these patients with a very negative attitude the same as they view patients with borderline pd. these people are sick, do they have behaviors that irritate people? Sure but never forget they are sick and need help too. Also the homeless you speak of... Guess what? Many of them are homeless due to substance abuse and/or other mental illness.

  • Dec 22 '12

    I work in the field. Unfortunately there are many issues that still need ironing out. There's still a huge stigma surrounding psych that prevents people from seeking help- the labeling, denial of being sick , voices that tell people to do things- I've seen patients that couldn't be reached because they believed the voices they heard were real and didnt accept otherwise, insurance coverage, deinstituitionalization. While there was definitely some good that came out of deinstituitionalization I feel some people were hurt dramatically by it. Some just cannot take care of themselves and function whatsoever on their own. There was a person once with schizophrenia who came in infested with cockroaches and who we had to immediately send to the medical hospital with a GI bleed. The person almost died. Insurances don't want to cover mental illness, people start feeling good and stop there meds leading to the revolving door effect, people in our community are uneducated and still view mental illness as its portrayed in the movies. We need to educate, provide better health coverage and unfortunately the field still has a lot of growing to do and research to be done.

  • Dec 22 '12

    May I gently remind everyone that nurses are not a monolith, and that these professional organizations do not speak for all of us.

    IMHO, if mental health services were available to every person who needs or wants help, regardless of income or social status, there'd be no need for so-called "gun control" (which is really law-abiding citizen control). Just saying.

  • Dec 22 '12

    Quote from MBARNBSN
    This is the basis of the it's-a-slippery-slope argument, where Fear-Mongers afraid of the government taking all of your weapons away justifies ANY and all weapons being available to normal average citizens no matter how dangerous or how ridiculous!!! Fortunately, you guys (to include the NRA that is only in business to support the GUN MANUFACTURERS and not the Second Amendment, which does not protect the need for assault weapons in the hands of civilians) are not going to get away with pushing this garbage argument this time. Especially not after 20 babies were killed and everyone in this country and around the world was paying attention.

    Assault weapons and high capacity clips are not necessary for CIVILIANS of any kind to own. There is not a single civilian that needs access to these things to hunt for sport because they are mass people killers and have no other use!

    By the way, not everyone who kills people is mentally ill! So, keeping these weapons out of the hands of mentally ill will not solve the problem of preventing the next mass shooting... This argument just kicks-the-can-down-the-road and distracts from the need to remove access of high capacity clips and assault weapons out of the hands of ALL civilians, just like the NRA and Gun Manufacturers wants.
    With all due respect---which is more than what my comments received---I'm still not getting how taking ANY sort of weapons away from law-abiding citizens will keep them out of the hands of murderous criminals, who care nothing about gun laws or anything else. It simply does not add up, and until the anti-gun activists can come up with facts, many Americans will continue to object to the systematic dismantling of our rights by government fiat.

    For what it's worth, I'm an NRA member myself and I have no idea why a civilian would want or need an assault weapon. For most of us, owning guns is about personal protection, hunting, or collecting. And no one but the families and friends of those killed in Newtown could be more upset and saddened about this colossal waste of young lives than I am. But I also remember the 168 lives, including those of babies and children, that came to a sudden and violent end in Oklahoma City without a single shot being fired. And I remember the nearly 3,000 souls who were lost on a beautiful September morning by mass murderers who used airplanes and box cutters as weapons.

    'Nuff said..... by me, anyway.

  • Dec 21 '12

    You can make all the new laws you want, but the same problem will still exist ---- how will you enforce them???

    All kinds of laws on the books NOW to prohibit cell phone use and texting while driving, but has it stopped?

    Same thing about driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. ETC, etc, etc.

    Good intentions, but difficult to realistically enforce to have a real impact.

    Criminals are criminals - just when you think you build a better mousetrap (to catch them), along come smarter rats.

    I agree though, we do need something!

  • Dec 21 '12

    Quote from Ruby Vee
    I've had it happen before -- I even had a patient silencing her roommate's IV pump one time.

    The visitor who touches their own family member's alarm would get a warning the first time it happened. Second time it happened would get to talk to management. Third time would be removed by security. The visitor who touches someone else's alarm -- out the door and don't come back! That is totally inappropriate!

    Now about the retired nurse with a brain tumor who took the med cart and "passed meds" to half of the floor one night . . . .
    Funny, but how does that happen? My assumption is the "real" nurses were just to overworked to notice.
    Maybe she should have been paid for 4 hours for being the medication nurse.

  • Dec 19 '12

    Will there be a strike at Sutter Sacramento as well? I work in Sacramento but not for Sutter thank god! This all makes me very upset that the nurses are treated with such disrepect. I am in total support of the strike and send you all good luck with all your efforts. I hope that one day their is Karma for these greedy ######## and they are in a hospital bed with an overworked and underpaid nurse and we will have to see how they feel about it then!

  • Dec 18 '12

    I will be on the picket line. I am sick of the lies and the way Sutter treats their nurses. The lies to media about our salaries (I make 2/3 what they tell the local newspapers I make), the lies to their staff--management just sent a mass email saying they are "appalled" we were striking again since our "union was not willing to negotiate." OMG! Do they think their nurses are this stupid??? Its was management that presented the "Last, Best, Final" offer of drastic take aways last year, and from day one refused to negotiate with US. Flat out refused to come to the negotiating table and discuss the take aways and provide rationals as to why.

    We as nurses are held to high ethical and moral standards, yet at Sutter we are being managed by such immoral and greedy management. I. AM. APPALLED!!! Note, I was never a strong union person--but I would never work for a Sutter facility without the union having my back. Our bargaining team are my HERO's for the lies and crap they put up with. Recently another email came out from management stating that our bargaining team never showed up to a meeting when the management was playing immature tricks like changing rooms and showing up at the meetings two hours late. This is the unprofessional behavior of our management and how they negotiate with their front line workers. We definitely feel the hate--at least this one does.

    I am dedicated to my patients to to providing the very best of care and will continue to do so despite how badly I am being treated. I would gladly make less money to be treated like the professional I am. Bedside feels like a war zone with everyone pushed to the max with little support. I understand that the conflict between management and nursing is endemic to all of nursing and that the push and pull between nursing and management can create healthy synergy; However, at Sutter it is just ugly. It involves bullies as managers, pressure to clock out and continue to work, situations that place the nurse in impossible situations (like having a policy stating you must enter an airborne precautions room with a new N95 mask yet never being able to find enough supply so you end up reusing the same disposable N95 mask--just one small example of many).

    Sutter management has spent the last year refusing to negotiate with their nurses. They say they need to squeeze these take aways from their nurses due to economic hardships they do not justify--that they can't justify as they enjoy record profits. They are a non-profit hospital group machine built to feed the upper management salaries. They threaten RN lay-offs while units are short staffed and we are filled with travelers--layoffs that never transpired-- all as a scare tactic to deflect negotiating with us. Yet they settle with other nurses at other smaller hospitals making it clear they just want to run our union to the ground. And they are "appalled" when we call another strike? They treat the scabs better than the dedicated employees. They are sucking staff dry at bedside in order to feed the boardroom. And they have a record of behaving beyond the pale if you look at what happened with Marin. I am fighting mad and I am compelled to write an article or paper on this. I am no writer, but I have been refining my voice on Allnurses and other nursing boards. I am so stinking mad at what I am seeing at the bedside and how nurses are being treated at Sutter run facilities. I will be on the picket line--we will stand strong. Whew, thanks for the vent.

    Yours in nursing, TR

  • Dec 17 '12

    I like acute care nursing, but I don't like the way the hospital is being run.

    I don't like the cutting back of resources while simultaneously increasing documentation requirements. I don't like the emphasis on patient satisfaction scores. I don't like words like "Quality Service Initiative", and I especially despise "Excellence", because they come out of the mouths of the very people who are cutting the resources while increasing the workload, who have no earthly idea what it is like for us on the floor. I don't like managers who behave as cheerleaders for the administration instead of going to bat for the staff on the floor. I don't like being treated badly by patients and visitors for deficiencies in care despite the fact that I have been working non-stop without a break doing the best I can.

    These are the reasons I got out of acute care. If and when the pendulum ever swings back the other way again, where patient loads and acuities are appropriate, where the expectations of what we can get done in one shift are realistic, where we are given the resources that we need in order to be able to provide safe patient care, and where the title of "Nurse" does NOT equal "Maid", then I might go back.