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  1. I am not Elizabeth Warren, but I am a Democrat, and truly care about the lives of marginalized people in our society. You are making generalizations that may or may not be true. Do you know Senator Warren? If not, judge her by her Senate record. When I volunteered with Amy McGrath's House campaign, did I believe she cared about the lives of the poor, non-Whites and LGBTQ people? Yes, I did. If not, she wouldn't have received my money, time and vote.
  2. I agree. I was simply giving the behavior a label, that I have seen a lot. Suffering is suffering. There should be no contest, when it comes to abuse, racism, homophobia, etc. It certainly doesn't make me feel good, when nurses, who are in a position to effect change, instead engage in such antics, and play political games. How do we expect the general population to respond, when nurses respond with such pettiness?
  3. I am not ignorant of Senator Warren. She is an elected, US Senator, who is trying to use her position within the body which she serves, to highlight a huge problem in this country. To ignore her message, because she is the messenger, is ignorant.
  4. It's called the Your Blues Isn't Like Mine, way if thinking. Lots of people engage in it.
  5. To return to the topic of the thread, the NY Times has an article about a Swedish law, that took effect in 2012, and gives PAID leave of 30 days, to a spouse, or other caregiver, of a postpartum mom. Sweden Finds A Simple Way To Improve New Mother's Health. It Involves Fathers. The article also points out the the US, is the only rich nation, with no mandated paid leave for such caregivers.
  6. guest52816

    New Grad with Mixed Feelings

    As another poster stated, get used to patients not saying thank you, and behaving as though you are concierge at the Ritz-Carlton Resort and Spa. Keep in mind, nursing is just a job. Don't let it define you. Develope outside interests, lots of them. Engage in self-care. Try to enjoy the presence of some of your co-workers. They can't all be toxic. Form a bond with the decent co-workers. I have been a nurse for three years, and have held five different positions during that time. There are few good nursing jobs. Many a night, I have to repeat the mantra: This too will pass. Positive work relationships sustain me, during those shifts. The other night, a nurse asked: Do you all ever think about just getting a factory job, and leaving this? Several of us said: YES! Nursing is a mentally stressful job. The key, is to find ways to maintain your sanity. Good luck!
  7. guest52816

    Valuable life lessons from an ER nurse....

    Don't light a cigarette while driving.
  8. The problem is, some folks on this thread, have allowed their political biases to cloud something we should all be able to agree on: Better maternal outcomes for women. I am unabashed Liberal. But when good ideas come from across the aisle, I embrace them. A solution to a problem, a good idea, has no party line as far as I am concerned. The fact that maternal deaths in this country, is higher than other industrialized nations, should give pause to anyone who works in healthcare, is a mother, will be a mother, has a mother, has a sister, or a spouse. The messenger shouldn't matter. It is the message that is important.
  9. guest52816

    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Yes, they are. The large teaching hospital in Lexington, KY hires ADNs (they hired me), but you must earn your BSN, within five years (they help pay for it). The second-largest hospital in Lexington, will also hire ADNs, with the same stipulations, and tuition assistance. I was also hired at a rural hospital, with an ADN. In areas with a shortage of nurses willing to work at the bedside, hospitals have few choices, but to hire ADNs. And really, few want to do bedside nursing, for all the reasons highlighted on this thread.
  10. guest52816

    Is it like this everywhere now?

    Funny you bring this up. An MD, working in the VA system in KY, has been fined $5,000 and made to undergo education, as he was found to have falsified the blood pressure readings of patients. He charted 128/78, a normal reading, in order to avoid adding interventions and medications. He has put many veterans health at risk, by falsifying these readings. So yes, the problem involves doctors and nurses. The US healthcare system is broken.
  11. No one is calling nurses racist. And for the record, healthcare encompasses more than just nurses. The cause of the problem, is systemic racism. And systemic racism is all around us.
  12. I do not understand your response. Closing the gap, of racial disparities in healthcare only benefits DNP students? If there is a joke here, I am missing it.
  13. Elizabeth Warren did not look silly. Those who look silly, are those who criticize her remarks, without knowing the studies that prove what she is saying is true. If it matters to you, you can probably do a Google search to find out more on the topic. But disparities in healthcare, whether racial, or urban v rural, are very real. It shouldn't be that way because everybody is entitled to the best healthcare possible.
  14. Have you not read any of reports on racial disparities in healthcare? I was aware of the problem, long before becoming a nurse. While working as a public reporter, I produced a story about the inequalities in healthcare between Blacks and Whites back in 1999. Senator Warren is speaking Truth. Of course non-Whites can be racist. Nobody is arguing otherwise. The point is, this is a White majority culture, and the majority of healthcare providers are White. The unfortunate truth is, inequalities exist throughout the nation. Vast parts of rural America struggle to receive adequate healthcare services.
  15. You, are a nurse I would enjoy working with. Completely agree with your post.
  16. Of course, you are absolutely right. Those who believe that Senator Warren is simply "bashing" doctors and nurses, aren't informed about current statistics regarding maternal health outcomes for women of color. Actually, the stories surrounding maternal deaths, which began popping up over a year ago, on NPR, are heartbreaking. But for women color, it is much worse. We all carry implicit biases within us. Anyone who says they don't is lying. Healthcare providers are human beings. Science just seems to be catching up to the fact that pregnancy is dangerous for women. I urge those who disagree with Senator Warren, to listen to the NPR story, that told of a highly educated Black woman, a CDC employee, who was dead three months after giving birth because her symptoms were not taken seriously. Unfortunately, her story is not an outlier.

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