The issue is not the value of nursing. The issue is, that hospitals want to continue their control over the nursing profession.
What better way to control us, than to continue to deny our worth. As long as our professional practice is rolled into the room rate, housekeeping, and the complimentary roll of toilet paper, we will never have worth.
We are nothing but an item in the, "expense", column on the balance sheet.
And hospitals want it to stay like that.
As long as we have no worth, they can deny that we deserve higher pay, benefits, and better working conditions. The studies from the IOM, concerning safe nurse staffing, and better patient outcomes have been available for years.
Why are nurses not screaming this to the public, having rallies in a very public place, with the TV news, the papers, media, there to get the word out??
Deliberate short staffing is a major public health concern, and should be treated as such.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN (ret)
Somewhere in the PACNW