Maybe after May 5th, we CAN recommend Nursing as a Profession again!

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    There are strong rumblings as the grassroots level...
    that you all may or may not be aware of!

    Are you worried about patient safety?
    Do you think "Joe Public" really knows
    what the profession of Nursing is all about?
    Are you frustrated with mandatory overtime?
    Do you think the public is aware of the
    consequences of current & future nursing shortages?
    Are you exhausted from unrealistic Nurse:Patient ratios?
    Were you educated to be a Patient Advocate--but find it increasing difficult to be one?
    Are you reluctant to recommend Nursing as a profession??

    Please keep your eyes & ears open for a nation-wide gathering of nurses this May 5th, focused on patient safety and other nursing issues! And please, plan to join us!

    Haze

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    Hi HazeK. Physicians and their plight were showcased on CNN last night. There was even a short segment showing a group of them protesting against HMOs. There is a reluctance to acknowledge that HMOs are not the total blame for the situation we find ourselves in, although they are major players. The major question asked was whether doctors are capable of cleaning their own house. I personally doubt it just from working around them all these years. I pray that those who participate in the nurse march are able to make a spectacular impact on the public psyche. We desperately need consumers, especially patients/families to understand that we ARE their advocates, but that we ARE capable of being more than a surrogate mother or sister to them. We need for the AHA to know that we ARE prepared to provide, but not to slave, especially with salary and benefit returns that do not match the risks, responsibilities, and accountabilities in our practice. I am more hopeful, that there are plans in the works on how to follow-up the spectacular event. Like I have indicated on another post under another topic, organized media can make or break an event or group. Nursing has the numbers, the smarts, and seemingly the will. Nurses must rise to the occasion to prove once and for all that without us, quality patient care is DOA.
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    "Are you worried about patient safety?
    Do you think "Joe Public" really knows
    what the profession of Nursing is all about?
    Are you frustrated with mandatory overtime?
    Do you think the public is aware of the
    consequences of current & future nursing shortages?"

    Sorry to be a pessimist, but I think it's too late...Our society does not care about the current state of nursing/healthcare...Well that is, until it affects them on a personal level.

    The way I see it, people just don't really care. Our society's priorities are all screwed up and until that changes we could march, make signs and blow whistles but it won't matter. People don't care about healthcare until they are in the hospital or someone dear to them is. I hate being a "downer" but I honestly think it just doesn't matter to John Q. Public...Hopefully I'm wrong.
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