<your DON would be attacking you for opening your mouth and you could be out of a job.>
LOL!!! Actually, they have been doing that to me for the last 19 yrs.
Nothing new there. But if they fired me for it, Id have my job back in a flash because we just got the Nurse Whistleblowers law passed 2 weeks ago! They CANNOT retaliate against the nurse for speaking out. Anyway, my letters on the subject of short staffing & forced overtime are in 2 nursing magazines this month, I did a press conference last month & a newspaper article - my full name is in all of them. I spoke about the same things in those as I told this reporter and none of the others insisted I identify my hospital.
I did not call the NY Times. They called me. And I stopped what I was doing to answer their questions. While the plumber was in the basement trying to see what he could do with the boiler that blew up, taking my heat & hot water with it, I was on the phone with this reporter.
She said they wanted to be able to give concrete evidence from real nurses instead of just saying "a nurse said..." so I said OK. I understand that. And gave permission for my name to be used.
So ok, use my name but talk about the conditions & the incidents that are happening - the facts - not the facility. If they name the hospitals, the focus would be shifted from whats happening to us & the pts to having these hospitals take over the story by defending themselves. I wanted the focus to be on the situation & let everyone who reads it wonder if its the hospital they use, so theyll pay more attention. But then she switched it & said she wanted the name of the facility & to say "a nurse at *** Hospital said..."
That contradiction didnt make any sense to me. I felt like she was on a witch hunt for horror stories. Right after this, the Bloomberg News Corp called (the new NYC mayors company) - theyre doing a similar story on RN staffing shortages & the effects on pts & were thrilled to have the interview.
So take THAT, NY Times!