Nurses: Oppression Can Stop With You - page 5

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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 JMBnurse
    I agree with you completely and for years I worked in hospitals where I wished that all of the nurses would unite and stand up together against administration and demand better conditions for our work and for our patients. However, most of the nurses I worked with were not at all interested in this. They would complain and agree that something should be done, but none were willing to do anything about it. They seemed to worry that if they said or did anything, they would lose their job. Finally, I got out of the hospital environment and into a better one. Now I am respected where I work, treated fairly, encouraged to be independent and think outside the box, supported, praised, paid well, given freedom in my schedule and the list goes on and on. I will never return to working in a hospital. Never. I would not have been offered this job without the experience of 13 years I toiled in hospitals and I am glad that I have that experience, but I have never been so happy in my career. It's a shame because I am a good nurse and loved taking care of patients and I am surrounded now every day by other good nurses who will also unlikely return to a hospital. It's sad that some nurses feel they have to leave and give up direct patient care to enter other areas in order to be treated decently. I have some friends and family members who have left the profession completely because of this.

    We have lost 4 nurses from our unit in the last 2 1/2 months because of the poor conditions in which we are forced to work. All of them were newer nurses, 3 of them worked less than a year. One thing about the younger nurses that I have observed, they are less willing to put up with what they deem as unsafe conditions , pathetic scheduling and just overall bad working environment. JMBnurse, I think what you're saying is very accurate. I am not sure what they're going to use for nurses in the future? So many are just saying NO to the crazy bedside nursing scenario because of understaffing and so much stress. I am only going to work for another 8 years (till I'm 60 years old and not a day longer!) and I'm hoping I make it that long, it is so bad some days I wonder if I can actually even do that? Would love to find a position, such as you speak of. I am sure jobs like yours are not a dime a dozen? I have a friend that recently left our unit and was fortunate enough to get on at an Outpatient Endoscopy facility and says that she loves it and she is treated so much better than she was in the hospital setting on our unit. We nurses mean almost nothing to a hospital viewed merely as numbers and warm bodies, hence the reason we are treated the way we are, undervalued and sorely appreciated.
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    Quote from gcupid
    As a black man that happens to be a Registered nurse, I do find the two comparisons to be offensive. Granted,there is oppression in the nursing profession but it does not hold the same weight..... And if you do believe that the two issues are on the same level there's nothing more I can say (outside of I wish I had a d%#^ time machine I could let you borrow)

    This is ridiculous, nit picking on Commuter's excellent article/topic! Give her a break! Obviously, she didn't intentionally mean to offend anyone. I think it's absurd that certain people had to find any offense in what she wrote!
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    Quote from GadgetRN71
    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.
    I am there already. I am horrendously sick of this profession and I have made the decision to turn my back on it - Its not what it used to be (even 10 years ago was better than how it is now). Like you said, being a champion for change is a set up for failure. Am I crabby? Yes - 10 years of drama, name calling, insults, petty write ups, verbal and physical abuse, unsafe working conditions and unsupportive management have led me to believe that being a Champion for Change is a fantasy.
    Is change possible? Yes. How do we change? Sad truth is - we quit and move on to do something else.
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    Quote from abbaking
    Is change possible? Yes. How do we change? Sad truth is - we quit and move on to do something else.
    This mechanism for change is also known as 'voting with your feet' (read: leaving nursing altogether). When enough people do this, it can actually be effective enough to get TPTB to take notice of the problems that are occurring in the nursing profession.
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    High paid CEO's do not improve patient outcomes in the acute care setting, adequate numbers of professional nurses properly trained and supported in providing nursing care to patients improves outcomes.

    Until hospital systems acknowledge and embrace this fact there will continue to be struggles to maintain the bottom line of the facility at the expense of nurses. And when the outcomes suffer the nurses will still be blamed and asked to do more with less and the CEO will collect a bonus for continuing to put bandaids on the problems.
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    Thanks for citing my article:
    Whitehead, B. (2010). Will graduate entry free nursing from the shackles of class and gender oppression?. Nursing times, 106(21), 19-22
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    Quote from Billwhiteheaduk
    Thanks for citing my article:
    Whitehead, B. (2010). Will graduate entry free nursing from the shackles of class and gender oppression?. Nursing times, 106(21), 19-22
    You're very welcome. Thanks for writing that particular article!
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    I have many customer service experience and worked in a company that truly values it's own employees prior to working in healthcare and it is frustrating when I get response from HR or administration that does not make me feel valued. Healthcare needs to cultivate the attitude of valuing its own employees to promote retention and create a good working environment. Because of my background, I treat new co-workers as a valued member of my work, like a family. It is frustrating to watch preceptors who do not readily prepare new nurses. Many of them starts working without being shown where to get copies of protocols, how to obtain blood from blood bank. Geez. I think this is so because veteran nurses do not get recognition for their knowledge and preceptorship is pushed on them. Incentive should be given. They should receive thank you cards from the manager, the company etc. I thank God that I became a nurse for altruistic reasons or I would have quit.
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    I love this thread. I have just "voted with my feet" and left clinical nursing for good. All of the reasons cited in this thread were part of my decision making process. I am going to focus my attention, education, training on holistic healing and teaching. I am a terrific nurse if I may say so myself, but I need my life back. Yesterday I worked a 14 hour shift with no food, water or God forbid COFFEE. Nasty family members took the last ounce of love and light from me. I am 57 years old and I have lots more to do in life than living for work only.


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