Thanks nursemike. I agree with you, sort of. Anyway, what I hear you saying is, it's like "when the student is ready, the teacher will come" take on things. If you aren't in the market for a new car, you don't notice all the new models, if you aren't searching to buy a house, you don't notice all the for sale signs. Counseling is the same way. If it ain't broke, why fix it? But when it is apparently obvious when something is broken, it does no good to dance around it and point fingers at the many ways it could have become broken. It's one's own responsibility to fix themselves. Currently, the profession of nursing is lost in the dysfunctional conglomerate of our healthcare system. Instead of spinning wheels on trying to fix the system, go with the flow and fix how you perceive it.
The idea that this article is narrow to me is like saying that an OB-GYN forum is narrow because it doesn't focus on nephrology. Having said that, I appreciate your vote and your viewpoint.
Again, it is my expertise and that is why I feel confident in my knowledge and passionate about the life enhancing effects that nurse counseling has on the nurse. I'm not pimping out my phone number or website. I am raising awareness, and opening a discussion. I'd like to think that I have achieved this goal, as evidenced by the vast viewpoints.
While it is obvious that counseling is not the only path, when it is the optimal choice, embrace it, and do not delay!
Frankly, I took the opportunity with some perceptions and ran like hell with it. A real gift! If individuals had approached me with some sort of maturity, hell..then thanks and I value your opinion, whatever it is. Yet the tone was really ascerbic, raising my counselor antennas with a few red flags as to the avoidance dance we easily do when we are not either consciously or subconsciously aware of our behaviors. I chose to use his/her character as an example. In a way, his demeanor "gave" me permission to do so.
With your energy and candor, nursemike, I am not surprised that you have minimal issues. However, the stats show that many nurses do, and that is reflected in my practice.
Wishing you and all well!