Dear Been there, Done that,
Your statement is true. This is why we all need to learn how business is driven and get involved.
The fact is, as much as we love our profession, we do require a paycheck for it, right? We have to help make the choices of how money should be spent. Fact is, there isn't a blank check in healthcare. Just like at home, we have to make hard choices about what is of value to us. So, we need nurses who love patient care to be in management positions! We need nurses that are managers to get the training they need to be excellent managers! We nurses need to "infiltrate" those business positions within healthcare! We need to work our way to the top and belly up to board room table and help figure out how to quantify for those counting pennies, how it is cost effective to provide excellent care with good staffing and teammates that can actually take breaks! The research is out there. And if it isn't let's do it! For all of the decisions that are made and need to be made, we must have people that "get it" not only at the table, but not afraid to open their mouth, respectfully, insightfully, and intelligently. Only when nursing services are a billable service will nurses and the care we provide truly be valued. Meanwhile, nurses come with the room, the bed, the TV, and the bedside table!
So, I focus on what I can do each day, with each patient, each teammate, and all the while preparing myself to be that voice. Do I think I will I change everything? Heck no! Do I think I affect change in my zone of influence? I know I do. My prayer is that more nurses that love patient care will join me and be that voice in their zone.
The public may not know what it is to be a nurse, but there is a reason that we are the most trusted profession. May you all feel supported and appreciated! May you all help your teammates to feel appreciated and supported! Remember, what goes around, comes around.