Survey: Do you think nurses are portrayed positively in the media? - page 4

This months survey Question... Do you think nurses are portrayed positively in the media? Here are the results from this survey: 85% - No 15% - Yes We encourage your comments and discussion... Read More

  1. by   Moogie
    Quote from rabbitgirrl
    I think that, like many difficult problems, there is a matrix of causes and conditions that lead to nurses’ collective lack of self-defense in the hospital hierarchy.

    Lingering feminine subservience, reinforced by the conservative nature of the demographic “helping” profession, which attracts enablers from dysfunctional families, who tend to reinforce the status-quo “victim” role
    Tendency for women and other disenfranchised groups to engage in horizontal hostility, which short-circuits attempts at organization.
    Poor comprehension on part of the public as to what nurses do.

    I think one of the important questions to ask is not so much “Why can’t nurses defend their rights”, as it is, “Why won’t nurses defend their rights?”.

    Please don’t get me wrong; I am very pro-woman and very, very pro-nurse, but nursing culture is totally whack. You are entirely correct; abusers will abuse until someone stops them, and the someone has to be us..
    Your points are well-taken, especially what you said about horizontal hostility. Could it be that the culture of health care is such that we're encouraged to attack each other rather than unite? Maybe, on some level, the powers that be would rather we waste our energy fighting with each other rather than working together to really change things.

    We nurses have more power than we think. Good post, Rabbitgirrl.