Originally posted by dstout-rn
I am just throwing this out there since there has been so many discussions on here about unions, respect for other nurses and confusion with pt families and doctors. Do you think that one of the reasons nurses have such a difficult time banding together with one voice, is that there are so many voices? RN, LPN, diploma, associate and BSN as entry levels into the field? I'am not suggesting one is better or lesser than the other just what you guys think?
In answer to your question: "Do you think that one of the reasons nurses have such a difficult time banding together with one voice, is that there are so many voices?"
This might "bite" a bit, but...
IMHO, I think the reason nurses have a difficult time banding together with one voice is because the majority of nurses are "female"! Sorry, that's my humble opinion, so before the bricks are thrown my way, please be kind and wrap them in cotton first so the blows won't hurt as much!
Having worked in various job that were non nursing, whenever working with predominantly females, b----ing, back stabbing, jealousy, cat-fighting, and a need to dominate is ever so prevalent as well.
The REAL questions for us to ponder should be? (1) WHY do we, as women, have this need to behave this way? (2) How can we tone down our need to be this way so we can finally begin to "hear" what each other is saying? (3) Is it really all about the level of education, or is it about us just being women with the need to "have a voice and make our own mark in society's uppercrust of things?
Let's face it, ladies! It's not been all that long since the female revolution when we started trying to find our place in the world outside of our husband's shadow. Although we have certainly progressed over the last fifty years, we are still "babies" in the making when it comes to knowing how to work together side by side in harmony in our respective career fields without the need to "wear our educational crown" around our necks for all the world to see".
I'm not saying we shouldn't be proud of our accomplishments because we most certainly should be. I am saying that sometimes we -- more often than not -- batter each other to the ground instead of lifting one another up while trying to gain "female recognition" in a predominantly "male world" like men have had the privilege of doing since the beginning of time. We're not there yet, but we can move along a lot faster if we would just stop, think, and listen to each other's suggestions, taking into account feelings spoken - and unspoken, not knowing where or what "stage of life" each person is gathering their perspective from [ie. "generation baby boomers, generation X, and generation Y....]
Many more things besides one's educational degree play a major role in the outcome of how our careers come into play. Still pondering over this myself, so I hope you all will consider doing the same.
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