If you all want to advocate for nurses. Use your brain and not your emotions. Enough of this already.
I’ve now officially gone through the shaking my head stage, to the disgusted stage, the the angry stage. You all can stop advocating for me. I want you doing it even less than I want the ANA advocating for me. There is a lack of common sense here. The organizations involved that are being ragged on are in a no win situation. People are complaining about the investigation, the perceived lack of response by national journals, the lack of response by the ANA, and the conspiracy by the AZ BON. Enough is Enough.
If your going to advocate for something, at least take the time to understand the parties that are involved roles are.
1. As a manager, sometimes it’s not that an employee did something wrong, it’s not being able to trust them to toe the party line, and act in the way they want you to work. That is grounds for terminating employment. It doesn’t matter that this was a nurse. This is a basic tenant of employment, no matter what the profession is. If you can’t trust your employees, you get rid of them. I’ve said it before, this is why I got fired. Not for the individual skill I performed, but because my boss now couldn’t trust me to make decisions based on the way she would like.
2. Why do people persist in the thought the BON’s are there for nurses. WRONG. Go back and read your state nurse practice act. For that matter go read your nurse practice act and see what you are and aren’t allowed to do as nurses. You might be surprised at what you find. There are a lot of things out there that you have been taking for granted that are flat out wrong.
3. The Doc was an A-hole. Yeah, a child throwing a temper tantrum, maybe. But when he did this, did you react like a professional? Did you take him aside or attempt to, and say, I thought I was working in the best interest of your patient. How can we handle this in the future to keep things like this from happening. I’ve done that, and I know others who have done that. Show YOUR professionalism and turn him into an ally. No matter what field your in, you have to put up with trolls.
4. I’m never stepping foot in a hospital again. Well I hate to say this, but after 6 years, I’m going to do what I accuse other people of doing, and make an assumption. Your education track kind of shows you didn’t have plans on spending much time working on the floors anyway. The whole post looks like a child throwing a temper tantrum.
5. You claim to have printed out a copy of the every policy at the hospital. That was a couple of reams of paper I’m sure. If your that OCD, then you’ve prob got a copy of every evaluation you’ve ever had at a nurse. Lets see them. Don’t let people who don’t know tell the world that you’ve had a stellar work record. You may have but it’s time to prove it. If you want transparency, it’s time for you to be transparent.
6. DNP(s). Sorry but that is going to be a hard one to defend. By itself, not an issue, but when you are investigating, it shows to trend and state of mind.
7. Rosa Parks? That is an insult to Rosa. It’s an insult to the nurses in Texas to compare Amanda to them. That was a criminal action, and it was pretty obvious from the start that it was criminal.
8. Go away and stop advocating for me. i don’t want you advocating for me in any shape, way or form. I remember when I had to stand up when the MD’s came into the nurses station. We had a cardex with the way each took their coffee. We got them a cup without them having to ask. I had to put up with getting cussed at by the surgeon during surgery, and wasn’t allowed to question the MD’s. Now, I can stand up to the MD if they are doing something wrong. I can talk to the MD’s as equals and in just about every hospital I’ve worked at over the past 10+ years they have sought out my opinion on patient care. I’ve been expected to be able to hold my own against interns and residents. The MD’s have sought me out to teach them things that I knew that they didn’t. That never would have happened when I started this. Heck as a nurse I’ve held command positions.
if I want someone to advocate for me. I want it to be someone who isn’t prone to emotional temper tantrum. I want it to be someone who can openly consider other points of view and defend their point with logic and evidence and not an emotional stand that can’t be supported.
Stop making this about nursing. It’s about you. You have the right to defend yourself anyway you see fit, but stop trying to make this into a global nursing issue. Your not helping. Your throwing up a lot of chaff that is obscuring the real issies.