Peggy, Have done some of those things already. I do not tell people nursing is a poor choice, but if asked I do give a picture of reality. Good and bad, the ups and the downs. Then each must choose for themselves.
I have also written to newspapers, somethings are published, some are not. I have an article coming out in the New York Times on June 24 in the womens health section that they are doing. It has to do with being an activist and what got me to that point. My one hope with the article is that other nurses will see it and will start making some noise too.
I have talked to my administration where I work, they know that I am involved with activism. My nurse managers, and case workers are behind what I do, regular administration on the other hand is a bit frightened of me. When I sought permission from corporate to have my picture taken for the Times article, the look that came across my CEOs face was absolutely priceless. It was a look of stark horror. And no I didn't get permission to do a photograph on the unit, even though the place I am currently working is a good place to be, and I told the reporter that. Did the picture anyway, just did it outside of the hospital.
Personally I don't think that administration really does want to listen, doing so gives nurses power they don't want to give up. What did I learn through this? That look of stark horror on my CEOs face said volumes to me. They are scared of nurses who are activists because they know what will happen if there are enough of us! They know and they will run away from it until they can't anymore. I have always been outspoken regarding appropriate patient care and it has upon occasion gotten me in trouble. Thing is getting in trouble only made me dig my heels in more.
I am not willing to let issues of money or some corporate type covering things up, come in front of patient care.
I have also written many times to legislators. I would wager that you have, that Julie has, that Christina has, I know Michele has, Barbara has, trick is to get more of us to do it. I'm sure there are many on this bb that has. Now we need to encourage everyone to take it to the next level. BE MORE PUBLIC! You bet the money is there to do what we need for patients, how much profit is enough profit? This is a question that has to be asked.
Anyone reading this PLEASE DO YOUR PART! Let us not focus on the various things that divide us, but the things that can bring us together. We all see things from our own perspective, but each of the 13 things(barring sharing spectrum) are things each of us can do regardless of whether we are union or not, whether we believe in unions or not, regardless of what our area of practice is.
So here we go, the next few years are going to prove interesting for nurses. Much of what we get will depend on what nurses do. So to all of you who read this, hope to see you participating in some way. It is going to make a difference if we can move the momentum our direction!