commentary by laurie l. mcnichol, rn, msn, gnp, cwocn
health care's "bridge" is falling down; ana's call to the profession.
j wound ostomy continence nurs. 2002 may;29(3):115-6. no abstract available.
pmid: 12011899 [pubmed - in process]
anyone else up for some bridge building???
Jul 9, '02
I just read that editorial in the link & it has nothing to do with researching but God bless nurse researchers - I could never be one. I thank them for being there because without their work, we would just be written off as a bunch of whining, complaining women. We needed the research to support & prove to the powers-that-be what we already know to be true. Researchers have given us the tools that prove the public health is at risk when nurses are abused or MIA. Nobody is sitting around doing nothing with that research - its been in all the news & legislatures & the nursing profession is using it as evidence to twist arms to get this crisis fixed. The research studies are making it possible to get things changed for the better.
But thats not even what the editorial is about. Below is an excerpt. Sounds good to me:
"Nurses can be thought of as bridges, because we bridge the gap between wellness and illness and between illness and optimal health. We are teachers, bridging helplessness and empowerment. In every practice setting, nurses are the bridge between art and science, fear and hope, patient and physician, patient and pharmacist, or payer and caregiver. Nurses bridge problems and innovation, despair and creativity, every day.
If you accept that analogy, then the "bridges" of the United States are in danger. Indeed, one of you forwarded to me an essay written by a physician in which he refers to nurses as an "endangered species." In this essay, the author expresses his fear of a health care delivery system without nurses and concludes with an honest plea for governmental involvement in the complex resolution of the problem.
Perhaps you have seen a glimpse of the advertising portion of Johnson & Johnson's $20 million campaign to attract more people to nursing and address the acute nursing shortage (which is expected to triple during the next 20 years). Yet, in general, the public is unaware of the problems that plague the "bridges" upon whom they have come to depend.
Yes, there is a crisis in the "house of nursing." The American Nurses Association (ANA) is spearheading an initiative entitled "The Call to the Nursing Profession," which is intended to bring together the collective expertise and resources of the nursing community to defend itself against common threats. The threats to our community include unsafe and dissatisfying work environments, the value and image of nursing, declining quality of patient care, patient and nurse safety issues, declining enrollments in schools of nursing, and the looming nursing shortage........"
I think its great that the ANA has brought together 70 different RN specialty groups & nursing organizations to fight all that with one loud strong voice. But until we get the job done, I cant encourage my daughters or nephews to become bedside nurses & knowingly watch them walk into a career where they will be abused for a living.
Last edit by -jt on Jul 9, '02