As a male nurse, I want to just say that this nurse uses some harsh language towards our female counterparts and in my opinion leads me to believe that he might be somewhat of a mysoginist and if he is married, he usually calls his wife a drama queen instead of taking responsibility for his actions.
I agree- nurses are apathetic when it comes to political change. Even in the unionized environemnt that I work in, some nurses are "afraid" of being fired by management.
Prior to becoming a nurse, I envisioned myself becoming a nurse manager and growing the ranks and becoming a Chief Nursing Officer. Now that I have been a nurse for a little over 3 years, I would rather die than become a nurse manager or worse a CNO. Once you join management, you immediately become the servant of the corporation. As a bedside nurse, I would rather be the healer and serve my patients needs.
Now, I am fully engaged in political action and changing nursing and bringing safe ratios to light. I am working with my union, NJSafeRatios, and legislators to change our profession. It's not JUST about getting our breaks and lunches, but it's abiut patient safety.
Starting now, let's Unite. Let's not argue over how much of a coward the O.P was for being "disgusted" by his fellow female colleagues. Let's instead focus our energy on improving our profession and improving the quality of care our patients receive.
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