I have said it before, and I will say it again- the name of the game is to eliminate nurses in as many situations as possible. They will not stop until they until there are nurses in name only, and we really do not exist.
These nurses have to do what teachers have done for ever- they need to join together, contact the media, their present and former patients, and make a BIG PUBLIC STINK. MAKE SURE THAT THE TV CAMERAS ARE THERE, THE NEWSPAPERS, AND AS MANY NEWS STATIONS THAT THEY CAN CONTACT!! Have it in a really big public place, invite the public, have balloons for kids and candy. Offer free BP checks, etc, Invite and involve the public. Hand out brochures with information on the subject!
Hospitals are counting on nurses going down without a whimper. Take a clue from teachers. They make plenty of noise when their jobs are threatened. THAT is why teachers always get their way. If they let them get away with this, it WILL get worse, and no ones job will be safe.
They are trying to "wean", the public from having nurses at their bedside, at doctors' offices, (they seem to have already accomplished this), giving flu shots in clinics, in the schools
, etc. At every turn, the nursing profession is being erased from our professional practice.
Folks, stand up and be counted!!
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW