I am deeply interested in resolving the problems that face nurses today, and would love to hear your ideas of how to solve the various issues confronting nurses in the hospitals.
Please state the major issues that are important to you to resolve, and share your professional take on how to resolve said issue(s).
I am of the mindset that if I cannot make a positive difference in nursing today, I should leave the profession altogether. Just going to work everyday and doing nothing is NOT how I was raised!
I simply MUST
do something to help us nurses out.
What say you nurses?
Jul 23, '03
Our nursing issues are so similar and yet so different but here are some of my thoughts that might give a different insight into the problems facing nursing.
I. Identify the problems
a) injury - too many are lost because of personal injury from lifting - often these are the nurses who WANT to stay but can't
b) fear of litigation
c) bad press and lack of understanding of our job
d) administration driven by the dollar not the outcome
E) bullying in the workplace
2. knowledge of solutions
Too many nurses in the USA seem to be leaving because of injury. You need to look at "no lift policies"
So many threads here talk about the fear of litigation and elsewhere in the world a worker is covered by "vicarious liablity" which means that the employer is sued not the employee. It is a principle held under law that since they employed you they are responsible for your actions. The emploer can in turn sue the employee but since they are less likely to get return on this it is not often done.
Our Union here in QLD is also our professional insurer (basically because no one else would do it). We DON't have to go hunting a lawyer - you go to the union.
Talk to people around the world and see what thier solutions have been. This board is a good start
Nurses greatest failing is the ability to complain to each other without actually adressing the problem. I keep coming back to a calssic story about the ward that was converted to a day surgery unit and the terrible complaints of overwork from the staff. I went there for another issue and saw them runnign around wasting time looking for BP machines - tuens out there was only 2 for a 30 bed day surgery. when I asked why they had not petitioned for more tehy replied "mangement knows and doesn't care." Turned out management DIDN"T know and did care.
The nurses had been talking to each other and not to management it is easier to grizzle amongst ourselves than to put oout money on the table.
We also have to learn how to do this so that it becomes a win/win situation.
Last edit by gwenith on Jul 23, '03