Quote from elatty
Hi everyone! I have noticed that different people in society all have very different views of nursing. Some think that nursing is a "dirty job", meaning that it involves many unpleasant tasks. Other think nurses are "overworked and underpaid." What can we do as members of the nursing profession to change these views?
The public thinks of us as blue collar trailer trash, by our lack of education, our perceived lack of autonomy, and our "learned helplessness", mentality and demeanor, and our lack of control over our profesion. We are not viewed as professionals, as are PT's, OT's and Pharmacists (who now have a doctorates as entry into practice). We lack the knowledge and expertise to run our profession, define it, and control it. Nursing is controlled like a voodoo doll by doctors, administrators, patients, and family members. And worse, we lack the initiative to change these circumstance, and educate ourselves to make it happen. We lack the self confidence to make the changes necessary to bring nursing in to the 21st century and into the world of the medical professionals.
Everyone needs to read the book, "Nursing Against the Odds", by Suzanne Gorden. She outlines and discusses what she has observed about nurses, and what they do to perpetuate this image, and disgraceful treatment that they are made to live with. I highly recommend it to EVERY NURSE, AND DEFINATELY EVERY STUDENT NURSE. READ THIS BOOK AND DISCOVER WAYS TO CHANGE NURSING.
Every thing about nursing needs to change, from our education, to our professional entrance into the world as new grads, to the way we act and react, and the way we accept this disgraceful assault on our profession. We need to find and nurture leaders to lead us to a better nursing profession. This will only come with a grassroot takeover and change of our present educational system, and the methods that are taught. The public may think that nurses are wonderful, and trustworthy, but as to the concept of respect and image? From my experience, I don't think that they think of us as being on par with the other members of the health care professionals. And we have no one to blame but ourselves.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN