Do Nurses Finally Have a Voice?

  1. Do nurses finally have a say in the workplace issues of nurses and a voice in the profession of nursing, in your opinion?



    I'm interested in hearing what you think.
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Mar 12, '05
  2. Poll: Do Nurses Have the Power to Effect Change?

    • Yes.

      40.74% 22
    • No.

      29.63% 16
    • With some issues--please elaborate

      29.63% 16
    54 Votes
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  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Depends on the workplace. Quite a few of them, you can SAY whatever you want, the question is, are you being listened to while you do it?
  5. by   Tweety
    Yes, but it's a very slow process. Nurses have made strides in the profression and how it's practiced and taught.

    I refuse to play the helpless victim. Whether or not it does any good, I still have a voice. Even if it's stifled by apathy, policitics and economics.
  6. by   jnette
    Quote from Tweety
    Yes, but it's a very slow process. Nurses have made strides in the profression and how it's practiced and taught.

    I refuse to play the helpless victim. Whether or not it does any good, I still have a voice. Even if it's stifled by apathy, policitics and economics.
    Same here.. as long as I have a voice, I intend to USE it.
    And use it I DO !

    But I agree with Marie... whether it does any good all depends on whether anyone is LISTENING. :stone
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Seems to me in California, at least, they are finding their "voices".
  8. by   Penguinurse
    I think we're getting better at using our voices - it helps that the national nursing shortage is (finally!) getting press! But we need to become as good at advocating for ourselves as we are at advocating for our patients...my experience is that we will sacrifice ourselves too readily. Our time off, so that we can fill in on the short shifts. Our family relationships, from working too much and taking so long to "wind down" after a 16 hour shift. Our backs, feet, and cardiovascular systems, from lifting, running, and stressing too much! Let's take care of ourselves, so that we can take care of our patients! :icon_hug:
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    yes, but with some issues.
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    yes, but with issues
  11. by   leslie :-D
    i can't make a blanket statement that all nurses have a voice.
    we could if we chose to.

    speaking for myself as a nurse, i undoubtedly have a voice.
    and i am also heard, whether they like it or not.
    if it's important enough to command my attention, then i make sure that my concerns are heard.
    too many times they have tried to sweep it under the carpet.
    i would finally write my professional assessment of the situation, interventions (or lack thereof) and outcome down in the report book; often in the nurse's notes.
    every time, panic was rampant, i was heard and the patient got the care they so needed.
    i did not do anything illegal but probably politically incorrect. who cares? tptb were total idiots who cared more about $$ saved than the well being of the pt.
    so yeah, we can all have voices but there can also be repercussions (getting fired) for doing what is right.
    after alot of reflection, there is still nothing i would have done differently.
    i effected change in several situations.
    my last 'voice' got the facility and DON in alot of trouble, hence the termination.but i know however awkward, i had to speak the truth for the sake of the pts.
    ahhh, after 7 yrs, God wanted me out of there anyway.

    leslie

    leslie
  12. by   live4today
    I voted yes to that question. Yes, nurses have the power to effect change in the workplace, but having power and using that power are on opposite ends of the spectrum. What good is the power and the voice if they are not put into action?
  13. by   canoehead
    In a hospital where the RNs are still emptying trash and doing the daily commode clean outs I have a voice- we aren't doing commodes anymore, and housekeeping is going to wash the bathroom more than once a day

    Woohoo
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Each individual nurse has a voice and has a choice about whether to use it or not. I chose to use it. I have always had a voice.

    So, I couldn't vote on your poll because none of the answers exactly worked for me.

    steph

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