Nurses: Oppression Can Stop With You - page 3

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines oppression as unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power. Due to its position on the social ladder combined with the sometimes unprofessional behaviors of its members, nursing is an... Read More

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    Quote from paradiseboundRN
    Great article! The specialty of home care used to be a better environment than the hospital but no more. Because there is a huge shortage of home care nurses (at least in Metro Detroit) there is lots of drama due to lack of nurses to cover the cases. The management wants to cases open for the profit but then they can't find a nurse to manage the case. This causes overwork and stress which leads to back-stabbing, infighting, bullying etc. This leads to high turn-over, even with management. And the problem goes on and on....
    Unlike most other nursing areas, it sounds like there is a genuine shortage there. While the market is not the answer to every problem, wouldn't raising salaries for home care nurses go a long way to solving this one?
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    Yes, raising the salaries would certainly help but due to the cuts in Medicare reimbursement, its not going to happen.
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    Excellent article. Sadly, those who try to fight for change often end up discouraged, tired, beaten down. I'm not ready to give up quite yet, but I'm getting there.
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    TheCommuter- To compare the plight of nurses today with the real oppression of African-Americans prior to the Civil Rights movement is not congruent in any way, shape or form. It is offensive to both parties by minimizing what was done to African-Americans and maximizing what happens to nurses. A study of the Civil Right movement is necessary to understand why they are not similar at all.

    There are issues in nursing (and other professions) that need attention and solutions from the bottom up and top down. There are lots of moving parts that need to be streamlined in all areas of healthcare that will make it better for everyone. For example, physicians putting in new orders via computer on wheels or iPad in the patient's room so it can get to the RN/Pharmacy/OT/PT, etc. faster so the patient get's their care faster and is more satisfied thus not complaining, on the call bell, sending family to the nurses station, etc.

    Additionally, people speaking up for themselves, defending themselves and not allowing co-workers to bully them. All workplaces have all of this diversity and tolerance training: respect for differences in religion, culture, sexual orientation, blah, blah, blah and we all go through the trainings and get signed off and the bosses get to check off a box BUT rarely does a boss simply says things like, "The gossiping has got to stop or you are going to be asked to resign.", "Stop being such b****** to each other or you are going to be asked to resign." Bosses must root out the poison- those people who are literally destroying their workplace from the inside out. Send the mean ones to Employee Assistance Programs get to the root of their negative affect on their workplace. Management needs get brave, separate the sheep from the goats, emphasize basic manners, civility and respect not the vague diversity and tolerance principles that don't truly get to the real issues. We need to get brave and protect ourselves in any legal, ethical ways available to us.
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    Quote from neverbethesame
    It is offensive to both parties by minimizing what was done to African-Americans and maximizing what happens to nurses. A study of the Civil Right movement is necessary to understand why they are not similar at all.
    As a nurse and an African-American female who has studied the Civil Rights movement, I honestly do not feel that my statements maximized or minimized any party's societal experiences. However, one's perception is also his/her reality, and it is possible for people to object when no offense was ever intended.
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    Quote from neverbethesame
    Bosses must root out the poison- those people who are literally destroying their workplace from the inside out. Send the mean ones to Employee Assistance Programs get to the root of their negative affect on their workplace. Management needs get brave, separate the sheep from the goats, emphasize basic manners, civility and respect not the vague diversity and tolerance principles that don't truly get to the real issues. We need to get brave and protect ourselves in any legal, ethical ways available to us.

    Fine idea, but management often embraces those that are the poison. It's all about presentation, perception, and how things appear on the surface. So long as they don't necessarily "LOOK" like poison or the toxins that they are, the managers often are OK with it. Why? They depend on them for many things, and they don't want a mutiny by the strong players--some or more of whom are often toxic. Many in mgt just want to get to the next wrung on the next "best" thing. So they let this stuff go on, and in some instances, they even encourage it, but it is wrapped in professionalized euphemisms. It is political-gaming. This what our profession has come to--it may have had some strains before, but now it is more prevalent than ever.

    Thing is, if it isn't changed from the top down, it doesn't get any better.
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    We need to come together now...........Did you hear .......... that Romney and Ryan want to get rid of medicare and replace it with......... a voucher program !!!!!!!!!What will happen to the patients? whom depend on medicare. Many nurses will lose their job if this occur....Do you see why we need to better organize ourselves ...Let us come together and say no thank-you to Romney and Ryan care WE WANT AND NEED MEDICARE!!!!!!!!!!
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    luv2...you shouldn't believe half of what you hear about politicians. I had a patient's family refuse a flu vaccine for her because 'everyone knows Obama wants to kill old people to save money'. Really? The same vaccine I just took?
    Let's be real here. Medicare isn't going anywhere since most people who vote are old.
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    Quote from CapeCodMermaid
    luv2...you shouldn't believe half of what you hear about politicians. I had a patient's family refuse a flu vaccine for her because 'everyone knows Obama wants to kill old people to save money'. Really? The same vaccine I just took?
    Let's be real here. Medicare isn't going anywhere since most people who vote are old.
    I wish I felt as confident about this as you do. Frankly, the Ryan plan for the budget and treatment of Medicare scares me spitless and I cannot support it.
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    Very relevant article.

    Unfortunately, many nurses come from a unwholesome foundation and environment into the discipline or profession depressed and oppressed. Managers at every level exploit this to their advantage. It's much like leaders of a country, whether political or non-political, exploiting the masses to their benefit. Recognize if your leaders are also unwholesome and dysfunctional, then things will be chaotic. The silver lining in this is that there are good-hearted nurses out there willing to do their best for the best outcome of the patient and family and their co-workers or subordinates. All is not completely lost. Nursing should hold these shining examples up as often as possible. They're out there.
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