Quote from weetziebat
I've been in nursing a long time, and agree that I rarely encounter a nurse who is happy with their jobs. Almost all I speak with like the profession but not the way it is being run nowadays. And almost all stay only because they can't go back to school to learn a new profession, and make too much money as a nurse to actually do what we all threaten to do occasionally - be a Wal*Mart greeter.
At the moment I have found a job I love and am really content. But that doesn't mean I don't know exactly what you are talking about. And, in your post, I believe you hit the nail on the head. Nurses do not stick together - and without that, we'll never get anywhere. I think, if we can get more men into the profession perhaps that will change. Men won't put up with the crap all us 'sweet little angels of mercy' put up with, and seem to be much more willing to stick together and fight for the working conditions all nurses deserve. JMHO
The two hospitals that I have worked in here, had ALOT OF MALE NURSES AS STAFF NURSES. The trouble was, they were bigger weinies than the female nurses. The ones that weren't, either went into management, and became management wienies, or went back to school to be CRNAs.
Hospitals like to encourage nurses to leave, and go someplace else. They LIKE THE CONSTANT TURNOVER. New nurses mean that the older, experienced, troublemakers, and future pension collectors, are gone.
The talk of a "nursing shortage", "they can't find nurses anywhere", are an "academy award" winning act. The truth is that hospitals go out of there way to encourage nurses to leave. It "cleans house', and keeps nursing from sticking together. It is hard to stick together, when the individuals who you need to stick together with, are still on probation, can get fired for blowing their nose the wrong way, and don't know the issues that the older nurses are dealing with. They look at nursing through rose colored glasses.
Also, the nurses who are using their presant employment as a stepping stone, don't care what the issues are. They are headed to CRNA school, or grad school to become Nurse Practitioners, will make 6 figure salaries, and be their own bosses. They could care less.
The California Nurse Association and the NNOC, are the only nurses associations who have made a dent towards nursing unity, patient ratios, staffing, pay, benefits, and have SUCCESSFULLY fought off powerful politicians, (Arnie!), to effect change for the better. It can be done. They became experts in winning the battle by educating the public, and involving them in their protests. If only the vast numbers of "martry marys" in the nursing profession, who prevent this from happening in most other areas, would see the light, and support the nurses who are really trying to make positive changes for everyone.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Educate yourself, enroll in a paralegal program in you local community college, or enroll in Kaplans on- line Paralegal program, and take classes in Employment Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, and learn what you rights are in the workplace. Most nurses are ignorant of the laws, and are easily bullied by management and administration. I coud write a book on what I have seen management and administration has pulled.