Quote from californiadreaming
I'm actually very disappointed in you. You say you aren't even a nurse yet you criticize nurses by saying they allow the environment many are forced to work in. Before you start to criticize a situation, it seems that you'd want to get all your facts straight. I've worked at many differing facilities that don't allow nurses a voice at all...when people's livelihood is threatened, they really aren't given many options as to how they can be advocates for change. By displaying the attitude you did, you are demeaning those nurses who can't make changes.
Your comment "Has anyone contacted their state legislator, senator to propose a bill to mandate better working conditions for nurses? If it's a problem and detrimental to the patients health, shouldn't we speak up?" shows you really know nothing of the nurses who are in the trenches every day trying to impact the profession in a positive way, trying to improve working conditions, trying to be strong patient advocates working towards better staffing ratios. Look to what's going on in California. The state enacted safe staffing ratios and the hospital lobby which has a huge supply of cash has fought tooth and nail all the way to try to stop it..and even convinced the governor to make exceptions to the mandation of that law so hospitals don't have to recognize the law. Nursing lobbies don't have the amount of money hospital lobbies do to petition lawmakers to see that nursing and patient interests are really at the forefront.
And while we're at it, when was the last time you heard the public acknowledge all that the nursing profession undergoes? The public image of nursing, perpetuated by the media, is one of people who AREN'T professionals, who answer only to doctors and are really only good for emptying bedpans. With the image of nursing being the one the public recognizes, how important do you think it will be with legislators to see that nursing is protected?
You say there is a problem, as you see it. Ok, I ask you...if you plan on being a nurse, what are YOU going to do about the problem? Have you contacted the Center for Nursing Advocacy, are you aware of their campaigns to counteract the negative perceptions of nursing by the mainstream media?? Have you contacted your state nursing association to see what legislation they may be trying to get a hearing on? Have you joined the student nurses association in your area? Are you actively trying to educate the public, your family, your friends as to what nurses are really all about???????
Yes change can take place...and is starts with you. Don't criticize us, join the battle for change. Make a difference.