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    Are We Too PC?

    Not to be too off topic but although Jefferson was a slave owner, as were many wealthy individuals living in Virginia at the time, he actually attacked slavery and desired an end to the practice. Unfortunately, the southern colony economies required slavery at the time due to labor intensive agricultural practices, so abolishing slavery would have meant there would have been no union between north and south. The hope was that in a generation or two the union would figure out a way to abolish slavery. I guess P.C. was considered even back then.
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    The Grinch of allnurses.com

    Kids have liked that kind of stuff since time immemorial. I have a personal belief that it has something to do with social boundary and personal hygiene development. Remember the Garbage Pail Kids, Ninja Turtles that live in the sewer, the Toxic Crusaders, etc?
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    Stop the Silence...Violence Against Nurses

    By personal issue I mean that your own victimhood, failure to act, and ignorance has not just allowed but encouraged any culture of acceptance that you have seen. Are you telling me you were witness to multiple violent crimes at multiple facilities? Did you call the police in these occasions? If the answer is no then you are the culture of acceptance. The hospital is an employer, they are not your mother, they are not the police, they are a company...that's it. If you are a victim of violent crime, or see someone else become a victim, then it is your duty to pick up the phone and make the call to the police. Lets wear our big girl/boy pants. Violence supersedes policy any day. Federal Law>State Law>Local Law....waaaaay down the list below the instructions on your mattress tag are facility policies.
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    Stop the Silence...Violence Against Nurses

    Honestly this sounds like a personal issue, we as healthcare professionals are certainly expected to understand but please do not confuse that with tolerate. Understand =/= Tolerate I have called the police on a patient, I have called on the behalf of my nurses, I have seen others call. I am not sure where you are getting this tolerate thing from? I think nurses tend to shrug off violence to some degree as knowing it is not worth their time (who hasn't) but I do not know about some widespread conspiracy to accept abuse just because we are nurses. I personally have let things go like being bit by someone confused simply because I got the pleasure of throwing a 4 point restraint on them...plus I had enough charting with q15min assessments and didn't want to fill out anymore paperwork...but I do not think that is what you are talking about, or is it?
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    Stop the Silence...Violence Against Nurses

    The only people who allow violence against nurses are nurses themselves. Your employer and union do not and cannot supercede state and federal laws on assault. I would be surprised if your facility did not have nearly an entire book on the matter in their P&P, you just have to read it. Even if they didn't, I cannot walk into your hospital and do whatever I want because there isn't a policy on it. Think about it logically... There is a vast difference between LAWS and employer RULES. Know the difference, it is your responsibility to.
  6. As someone who directly deals with marketing and is about to go to a marketing meeting in about 30 minutes I can tell you with confidence that the government has a great deal of control over what and how something can be marketed. The U.S. economy is more accurately described as a mixed market economy instead of a pure capitalistic economy. What I am curious about in this breastfeeding debate is how many mothers are not breastfeeding due to a knowledge deficit still and how effective the campaign was against it? No matter what educational campaign you launch there will always be a minority group that is either left out or disenfranchised by the campaign, there are always hurt feelings and inadvertent consequences. The important questions are how effective the campaign was, how important the objective is, and how bad the inadvertent consequences were? If the campaign is limited to a few bad feelings but has had a substantial health benefit to the community then it is still on course, if it is of no benefit and it is causing extreme emotional distress then it needs to be readdressed. Something tells me that there is still a large segment of the population that is still uneducated. Having to explain the benefits of car seats to my brother I would not be surprised at all.
  7. Using Facebook as a metric to determine the efficacy of healthcare messaging may be unwise. Facebook should be used for vacation photos and videos of your pets only. I have found that Facebook groups are often viscous and misguided in whatever their orientation or messaging may be. If you want to see viscious you should see my wife's knitting group. If you don't hand spin your yarn from organic, free range, hand raised angoran rabbits then you are a piece of expletive. I wish I was kidding.
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