Originally posted by Chellyse66:
<STRONG>Nurses are their own worst enemy when it comes to their profession. Just look at what the five nurses said when interviewed: They asked to remain anonymous. No positive changes in the labor movement ever happened because employees wanted to remain anonymous, but in nursing, this is the prevailing view. When it comes to improving their own working conditions, they rely on someone else to do it. </STRONG>
I have said this kind of thing many times on this bb, however, this author said it better. This article is right on. I am in the process of taking on my management for gross violations of ethics and confidentiality. I am putting my neck on the line, but as a trusted 'elder' said to me in discussing whether or not to pursue it, 'I'm the one who has to go to bed with myself every night.'
I have multitudes of evidence and witnesses to the charges I am making against management, however, only 2 of the witnesses are willing to be named and speak to management. It is so sad. When I began gathering evidence, nurses came out in droves to give their testimony. They said to me time and time again, 'somebody has got to stop her,' as apparently, this kind of blatantly unethical and unprofessional behavior has been going on for a little over a year now. I am simply the first person to stand up and fight. Why? The things my manager has done are HORRENDOUS. I have every right to SUE her, and could easily win, as could the other nurses she has done this to in the past. It simply boggles my mind that the nurses on my unit have been content to sit back with their tails between their legs and 'take it' instead of taking action against this woman.
I have always held the philosophy that if something is so bad that you b**** about it constantly, complain about how horrible something or someone is, and it is seriously affecting your life, either work to enact change, or SHUT UP. Words are so easy, yet they mean nothing. It is ACTION that moves mountains.
Part of me is terrified of what is about to happen. I am scared of personal and professional retribution. The thought of sitting face to face with this person and management to pursue disciplinary action against her is enough to make my legs feel weak. But more than anything, I feel that I cannot let her actions go unpunished. I cannot lie down and be a victim. I cannot allow such gross misconduct and abuse to continue and NOT do anything. I could never stand to look at myself in the mirror again if I didn't. Having to face myself in the mirror every day, knowing I allowed myself to be a victim without putting up a fight, is much more sickening and terrifying than facing this woman and administration could EVER be. It simply amazes me, however, that it has taken until NOW for someone to stand up and fight.
This is a major part of the problem with nurses. They are more content to sit back and allow abuse, mistreatment, and take on dangerous assignments all in the name of job security. They would rather come to work with a sick, burning feeling in the pit of their stomachs, b**** and complain the whole 8-12 hours about how horrible things are, but in the end go home with their precious paycheck and job security intact only to return the next day and do it all over again. AND FOR WHAT? It simply isn't worth it to me. If I get fired, so be it. There are a million other jobs out there, and I will most certainly have another job within a day. My job isn't what's important. My paycheck is meaningless if I know it comes without honor.
I would rather have my dignity and self-respect, thank you.