I woke this AM and had a revelation. Nursing has it’s own “Occupy” movment, It’s the “support Amanda Trujillo” movement.
I still stand by my original statement from over a month ago, that this is a local issue, a human resource issue. Banner Del Webb may be the worst company to work for in the history of nursing. But as much as the Amanda supporters try, as long as they keep it about Amanda, it’s not going anywhere. They aren’t being censored, they are being ignored. I’ve talked to some of the professional organizations about their “lack of support” for Amanda, in their opinion; it doesn’t involve their members, so they aren’t taking a stand, if they were to make that position statement publicly, the supporters wouldn’t like it, because it wouldn’t be supportive of her.
What the Amanda Trujillo case is showing us is that there is a subset of nurses who feel like victims. The easiest thing to do is to lash out, point fingers, tear at their clothes and gnash their teeth and tell everyone how bad things are. It’s a bit harder to actually come up with possible solution. It’s a lot harder to use their voice to actually start positive chance.
Just like the Occupy Wall Street movement. After a few months of front page attention, it’s pretty much gone. Just like the Amanda Trujillo case, there were people who were and are emotional, and get their dander up when confronted in any form. There were people on both sides who went to extremes.
No one is saying that being a nurse in today’s health care environment is easy. On the contrary it’s hard, back breaking and mind numbing work. It’s a job that has ever increasing demands on it’s time, it’s has employers that put revenue before its staff, it has legislators that are passing legislation affecting our careers when they have no clue about health care. It has administrators that can only look at nurses as a line item on a budget or cost report.
But let me tell you, it’s still the best job around and I really can’t imagine doing anything else for a living.
I can tell you this, I’m NOT A VICTIM. Let me tell you about my profession of nursing. The Amanda supporters talk about all the phone calls and letters they have gotten about wrong doings against nurses. Well let me tell you about the emails and calls I’ve gotten. Let me tell you about my experience
It’s Dr Peter Pronovost at Johns Hopkins, empowering the nursing staff to stop a provider if they see a break in aseptic technique.
It’s Dr Pamela Lipsett, not only talking to nurses as equals, but expecting them to know the answers when the interns and residents didn’t.
At the University of Colorado hospital, its Dr’s Druck and Morchi, telling the residents, that it’s the nurse’s job to protect the patients from their mistakes, and that they should be thankful that the nurses are there. And then taking the time to explain a disease process to the nurses, and explain it as an equal.
In New York it’s Dr Scott Weingart who belives that critical patients, deserve the same level of care in the ED as in the ICU and then not only expects the nurses to be able to provide that care, but teaches them at the bedside and empoywers them to be critical care nurses.
It’s a family practice doctor in rural KS who recognized that the big city nurse, who ended up working in her hospital, knows more about certain things than she did, and learned from the nurse.
It’s the young nurse, who had read about this concept called Therapeutic Hypothermia, and put together a package and sold the concept to the medical staff, who a year after implementation, saved one of their own when the doc went down at church on Sunday morning.
It’s a nurse in rural GA standing in a nurse’s station, looking 3 md’s in the eye and telling them that this patient needs to be transferred now, and then proceeds to put forth a logical, science based case for her stand. It’s those MD’s coming to her the next morning and saying thank you.
It’s about thousands of critical care nurses, standing, cheering and clapping at a national conference, when they hear stories of nurses, advocating for their patients, their coworkers and themselves.
My vision of nurses is a profession, were nurses stand tall, stand together, it’s a proffesion of bold, knowledgeable individuals who know how to stand stands up for their patients.
I was told by one of the Amanda supports that he felt sorry for me, that I was in a sad state if I didn’t believe her based on her word alone. Well when my vision of nursing as a profession is so far from the picture they paint, it’s no wonder.
Again nursing is hard; it’s not perfect, there are abusive MD’s and abusive nurses, and abusive organizations.
STOP POINTING FINGERS, STOP ACTING LIKE A VICTIM. STAND TALL, BE A NURSE.
Stop telling the world had bad it is, instead, make it better.
p.s. This is the last post I’m going to make about Amanda, it’s time for me to practice what I preach. To let it die, and instead look for solutions, not to fix a problem, but to improve our profesions. I challenge and encourage any of the half a dozen people who actually read this blog, to start looking for solutions. Get involved.