Originally posted by cheerfuldoer:
"Nurses talk a good game......but when it comes down to sticking up for what we believe should or should not occur in the nursing field.......SILENCE like a lamb can be heard in the staff meetings called for us to voice our very important complaints."
Exactly right, Renee. Everyone consider. How many times have we heard a nurse complain about this or that, only to do their best clam imitation when there is an opportunity to constructively register their complaint with management? It happens all the time.
I firmly believe that if nursing ever got its act together, and nurses banded together as one, unified PROFESSION, the changes needed in health care would come fast and furiously. For example, consider what happens now when a nurse is mistreated by a physician (in most places). IF the nurse complains, and IF the complaint is forwarded, and IF the complaint is acted on, the offending physician is asked in no uncertain terms could he (and I admit, it's nearly always a he) please be a little nicer when he is treating nurses like excrement. But, what would it be like if nurses banded together, and demanded action against the offending doc. As a group, nurses could find themselves in the position of seeing multiple offenders having their priviliges at the hospital suspended, and even terminated. Now, wouldn't that be something. Docs forced by nurses to act like grown up professionals, and expected to treat nurses the same way!
I have had all kinds of theories in the past as to why we can't seem to accomplish this, but in the end, the answer is I really don't know. Between the back stabbing, the worry that "if I rock the boat, they'll fire me, and I'll never work as a nurse again" and what have you, nurses as a whole can never seem to get their act together. Even the ANA reminds me of a roomful of economists: Lay em end to end, and they'll still point in every direction (Harry Truman).