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Why the Animosity in Nursing?

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by Nurse Beth Nurse Beth, MSN (Advice Column) Writer Innovator Expert

Nurse Beth has 30 years experience as a MSN and specializes in Med Surg, Tele, ICU, Ortho.

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Dear Nurse Beth,

With multiple degrees,...accounting, psychology, sociology,...and, of course, nursing,...why is so very difficult, to manage a career in nursing!?! I was a good student,...I did ok, in nursing school,...both academically, and clinically,...yet, there is so much animosity in this field!

Yes, I am a male! I was a U.S. Marine, and an U.S. Army officer, too! My love of my life, Jennifer, did nursing for 15 years! We get along! I do have ADHD, however. I am a caring, loving, soul!
So, what's the problem!?! I have dealt with nursing, for over 3 decades!

Dear Loving Soul,

Thank you for your service and your 3 decades in nursing. 

Without knowing the specifics of the animosity you've seen, it's hard to answer. But many of us grieve the lateral violence among other things. It's one of the things that prevents us from moving forward and gaining the respect  our profession deserves.

Our historical roots lie in the handmaiden role, which we are overcoming. We've been predominantly female, which is changing. But in many healthcare organizations, nurses are seen as a cost expenditure and given little autonomy.

I have fought for staffing ratios and pushed back against unsafe workloads. If you or any colleague can bring forward a solution, I will write about it and do everything I can.

Meanwhile, I will conduct myself professionally, advocate for nurses and patients, and promote professional development every chance I get. Change starts with each one of us.

Thank you for your letter.

Best wishes, 

Nurse Beth

Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!

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