Sahn 549 Views
Joined: Jun 14, '04;
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OK, as far as I see it we have gotten off topic. The issue at hand is not what we should be wearing but why. We in health care (CNA's LPN's and RN's - Those directly responsible for patient care) need to stand out, we need to be recognized for what we do and the special body of knowledge we bring.
One way of doing this is by going back to the age old idea about standard uniforms. This fits the idea of corporate America and the business hierarchy but the health care system has developed beyond and will continue to develop beyond that point. We need, we MUST develop a unique way to distinguish ourselves from the masses and other hospital auxiliaries if not for our professional development then for the safety and security of our patients.
We have discussed several things so far. We can standardize uniforms for each department but that has problems in the fact that all thought it does help it does not do enough. We have discussed hats, but those can and may cause comfort and sanitary problems for some, they do not allow for the development of male nursing, and does not allow for the acknowledgment of other primary care workers. We (or have been in other posts) proposed the redesign of name badges and punch cards so they more adequately identify the different position, well a good suggestion and one that might work until we can find a solution would require a large scale redevelopment of keeping payroll. The last thing discussed is the use of pins or patches that denote each position, of which I support (the pin) due to its ability to be easily cleaned (some even autoclaveable), the mobility it has to switch uniforms, the variety they come in, and the ability to allow the flexibility of clothing wear.
The anecdotal stories of people who think the dietary aid gave them their shot should be enough to push us forward into a research mode. We must develop and push for the distinguishment of health care professionals.
I will try not to sound bias but i have to agree with Mschriso, it appears that future (and i do believe he will be, much to my disapointment) president Kerry has gone the way of the media. He has presented himself in a "sound bite" mannar. The media, which i believe is greatly bias, has followed him in a way that has presented an inflated image (or maybe a false immage). I have to wonder just what this man is made of, what he intends to do when he does have to power to influence change in the medical feild, or influence the very path of world politics? I have to admit i am scared because i don't know the answer.
The nurses I work with told me at the community college here, they have a fairly high dropout rate, like 10 to 20 percent.
At the private school i"m going to now though, I've been told they have a VERY low drop out rate, around 1 or 2 percent. I think part of that is, the private school has tougher admisson requirements, and costs $15,000 a year as opposed to $3000 a year. Most of us figure if we're paying that kind of money, to go the distance.
In a recent show of "Scrubs" a very interesting view point was presented, that the number one priority for a doctor is the hospital. As I began to dwell on this and reflect this back to my own childhood (growing up as the son of a pastor) I began to realize something. That this attitude of "the profession is always first" is the primary reason that medical field and the pastorate are the two highest stress jobs in America; but also a primary reason for the intense burnout in the two professions. Upon realizing this I questioned several nursing students as to this view, it shocked me that they professed an attitude identical to that of the show. My question now goes to a wider audience and a group with a higher experience level. Do you, as a medical professional, consider the hospital your first priority, why or why not?
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