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Is the increased love for healthcare workers an irony that will fade away when things get better?

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I mean the love is good, but what happens when the dust settles? Will things improve for all healthcare workers all over the world?

Naturally Brilliant, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience.

It's not even love. It's media-driven infatuation. Real love entails sacrifice, and if American society is one thing, it's sacrifice-averse.

Most Americans will gladly tie a yellow ribbon around a friggin' tree to "support the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan". They'll also have no qualms about applauding nurses from the comfort of their own balconies after shift change. Those are slacktivist deeds which give zero meaningful support to those on the front lines.

You only get the respect you feel you deserve. That's why nurses need to organize for their interests and work conditions on a continual basis, not just during crises like the Coronavirus.

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

Amen to this. Not only will conditions not improve, but the heroic measures seen during the crisis will become the expected norm.

On another thread, travelers are currently raking in beaucoup bucks for working grueling schedules in the hot zones. So management is willing to pay.

Now is the time to start planning ahead if we want better conditions to come out of this. Nurses absolutely need to start standing together as never before. And quit being bought off by cheap empty gestures.

Daisy4RN

Specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg. Has 20 years experience.

The "increased love" you see today is probably from the same people who were screaming at you a few months ago (prior to Covid) because they, or their family, didn't get the meal they ordered, the Doctor didn't come yet, it hurt when you started that IV, they have been waiting too long etc. People will fall right back when the dust settles because they can! Admin is still fighting spending money, getting enough staff etc, and of course should have planned better to begin with. The last few years I worked in the hospital staff who could not/would not get a flu vacc were forced to wear a mask all day for the entire flu season (6mo) because of (new) p/p. Now there are a shortage of masks and some admin say staff cant even wear their own. Hypocritical and ridiculous, they won't change either!

Agree with above posters, the work environment will never change unless nurses unite. (But because this is so difficult I am afraid it will never happen).

4 hours ago, Daisy4RN said:

The last few years I worked in the hospital staff who could not/would not get a flu vacc were forced to wear a mask all day for the entire flu season (6mo) because of (new) p/p. Now there are a shortage of masks and some admin say staff cant even wear their own."

My job has the same rule. Wonder if that will change?

Daisy4RN

Specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg. Has 20 years experience.

2 minutes ago, DesiDani said:

My job has the same rule. Wonder if that will change

Not sure which mask scenario you are referring to but I sincerely hope that if you mean you still cant wear your own mask at present that will change asap, like yesterday!!

3 hours ago, DesiDani said:

I mean the love is good, but what happens when the dust settles? Will things improve for all healthcare workers all over the world?

I think if we learned anything from the Ebola scare it was how fickle the “love” is. Read back through the articles on “Ebola nurses” & you’ll find government officials lying about nurses, employers throwing nurses under the bus & public comments piling on and excoriating nurses for acts that never even happened.

Ebola was more lethal than covid, but not as infectious as covid. Look at the precautions nurses were taking during the Ebola scare and try not to laugh at the tragic comedy playing out today.

We had to get a flu shot or be fired. Unless we had written MD excuse.

Emergent, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

7 hours ago, DesiDani said:

I mean the love is good, but what happens when the dust settles? Will things improve for all healthcare workers all over the world?

Nurses now have increased licence to inform patients to decrease their unreasonable demands.

lemur00, BSN, RN

Specializes in Palliative. Has 9 years experience.

Don't confuse love and "love-bombing". People clap and post memes, meanwhile in my province we've been working without a contract for two years while we battle a pay cut and for our hard won right to determine staffing. To be fair we're better off than a lot of nurses. But it tells you how much love there is that marginally decent working conditions are considered giving us "too much".

They don't love us, they just need us to overexpend ourselves for them yet again and when the dust settles they can go back to kicking us and telling us we're greeedy for wanting decent pay and staffing. This is just manipulating us to do more with less once again and more likely it will become an expected norm as we "proved" we could do it.

There is research showing that people tend to be fine with exploiting those who do a "passion" or "calling" kind of job. This is a narrative that is pushed on us every time we are called "heroes". Well, you accept that mantle then you better act like a hero and be selfless.

I say let them prove they support us by supporting unionization, manditory ratios, raises, better safety measures, et c. Then we might believe the sappy memes.

And that I think might be the real value of the otherwise empty accolades. We may be able to leverage this good will to shame people into supporting our demands for better working conditions. But that has to come from us. As the self-help people used to say, no one is really going to love you if you don't love yourself.

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theoneandonly

Specializes in RN. Has 5 years experience.

Yes, it will fade away 100%. They are feeding you b/c they need you to take care of their loved ones. Once the crises is over, it will be back to the norm. The public expects you to risk your well-being for strangers which is idiocracy. Remember risking your life and facing potential death is not what you signed up for.

Katie82, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Tele, PH, CM. Has 39 years experience.

The love and adoration you see are coming from the general public (we have always been high on the list of most respected professions), not the administration. That will not change, ever...

1 minute ago, Katie82 said:

That will not change, ever...

Oh but it already is. Now they think we are infecting the community with Covid.

Yes they do think we're spreading it, but they are the ones out at WalMart while we are here trying against all odds to keep their mother alive and risking our own lives to do that. I don't care if they love me or not, at least temporarily we're not being accused of deliberately bringing mom red jello when she only eats the green, and what time is the doctor coming and can we call him and find out. But that's only because they can't get into the building! When we get on the other side of this I don't ever want to hear even one person say "Thank you for your service."

HandsOffMySteth

Has 3 years experience.

There is a sense of entitlement among today's people. For crying out loud, just look at all the people who work in fast food getting shot at because someone didn't like the service! There are times I wish this virus was more lethal because of what humanity is becoming. No one can just leave others alone. They have to force their opinions on others and think the world owes them something. Selfishness is the crux of the issue. What ever happened to kindness, service, and empathy? Once these ingrates get what they want, they will forget what you did for them.

Sorry about my steam, I know not everyone fits this bill.

StrwbryblndRN

Specializes in CMSRN. Has 9 years experience.

Overall I do think the general public appreciates nurses. I have had many thank me over the years. But this was giving quietly, randomly. No hoot and hollering. That will end with whatever media feels like doing next. People like to jump on the bandwagon, even nurses are guilty. We just happen to be the "It" thing right now.

OUxPhys, BSN, RN

Specializes in Cardiology. Has 4 years experience.

It's media driven. Sure, my friends and family have always cared about me and always check up on me to see how I am doing but for everyone else that is showing support it's just the in-thing to do now. Once this is contained/controlled some of these same people showing support and gratitude will be the same people to harass and demean the bedside nurse if they or a loved one is admitted.

What is funny is that my hospital has a low census, all elective surgeries and appointments have been cancelled, and yet on both night and day shift the supervisor still tells us that they dont have anyone to send (my floor being the covid MS floor). Glad to see that even in an emergency its still business as usual.

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

On 4/8/2020 at 6:38 PM, Emergent said:

Nurses now have increased licence to inform patients to decrease their unreasonable demands.

Management needs to be informed also. And when this is over, management and the public will need to be reminded repeatedly. THAT needs to be the new norm and no caving in by anyone.

I am serious. Something good has to come out of this.