Quote from ingelein
i am burning mad!!i was listening to a local radio am talk show that broadcasts from milwaukee today.the host was discussing a local story about chronically ill children in the public school system and do not resusitate orders. he stated that teachers and/or nurses at the scene were wrong to obey the order.he said that nurses or medical people who obeyed such orders were uncaring and morally wrong-even in the clinical setting of hospital or nursing home. he went so far as to call me and several other nurses who called in part of the"kevorkian fan club"!!!. he said it scared and disturbed him greatly that we as caregivers would not go against such orders.the emt and several nurses tried to explain to him how devastating it is to a already frail body to do a full code.he also blamed parents of such children as just wanting to rid themselves of a burden.
i think he needs to hear from nurses all over the country and know he is dead wrong.the talk show host's name is kevin fisher,(who was sitting in for jay weber) the name of the program is news talk wisn-am.
the email address of the stations program director is firstname.lastname@example.org
please send your opinion as a nurse and caregiver.
i agree that placing a letter or email to kevin fisher is a waste of time, but i do believe the station manager needs to hear from nurses. i listened to the program through the internet and the station's web site. my email (pasted below) expresses my opinion on the subject.
here is the email i sent:
[color=gray]dear mr. botts,
[color=gray]i felt compelled to write you and share my thoughts on the programming your station (more specifically, kevin fisher) hosted regarding do not resuscitate (dnr) orders for children in the school system. first, allow me to preface what i am about to say by indicating that i believe, in my professional opinion, that the decision parents face when making their child a dnr is one that is very difficult. i am certain that no parent wishes to be placed in the position where they have to make a decision of this nature for a member of their family (whether it is a child or an elderly adult). no matter how people feel about the choices, it is a decision that is very difficult to make. in addition, i do not believe the school systems (i.e. teachers, etc.) are prepared to allow a child to simply die in their class room or in the school. but, for a child that is suffering a terminal illness, and where a physician has indicated that there is no probably hope of recovery, should we, as a society, tell these parents and children that it is simply too uncomfortable to die in the school? i think not. rather, we need to provide education and support to our teachers and school staff to help them understand the process of dying with dignity and without pain and suffering. it is simply the only humane way to end the suffering of a helpless child.
[color=gray]in response to the comments made by your host, kevin fisher, it saddens me that a dj would go to such lengths to get ratings. the pain and suffering of the parents, children and the school systems involved is enough. while i agree and recognize that topics like this need to be discussed and support freedom of speech, i also believe that the dialogue on this topic should be treated with a great deal of respect for differing opinions. to respond to nurses and other health care professionals that called in to express a contrary opinion and refer to the as the “kevorkian fan club, is unconscionable to say the least. in addition, to even hint that a parent wanted to get rid of a burden by agreeing to an dnr order only shows the level of ignorance that mr. fisher has on the issue. i often tell my children that when they speak and express an opinion, they need to stand from a position of knowledge, so their opinion can be counted and is credible. i am sorry to say that a radio station that would allow their dj to speak from a position of ignorance is simply shameful and hurts the very people that listen to your station.
[color=gray]it is interesting that i am writing from asheville, nc because a nurse that called your station to express an opinion contrary to that of your “host” was called a member of the kevorkian fan club. she wrote in to a nurses web site and posted your show and her comments. this has obviously sparked a number of nurses to write you and share their opinions on the topic. and, before your start ringing your hands with the idea of greed because this issue and your small town program has been featured on a national nurses web site, remember the consequences to your behavior. advertisers and the public value the opinion of nurses very, very much. i would suggest that you take a good hard look at your tactics and remember that advertisers are greatly influenced by a profession that is well over 2 million strong. consider that the next time you decide to allow your shock jocks take aim at the hearts and souls of dying children and the parents that are faced with honorific decisions.
[color=gray]i hope this email has helped you understand that there are differences of opinions and these differences should be respected and not ridiculed.
[color=gray]a concerned rn is asheville, nc