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January 17, 2016

Nurses and Social Media

By | Nursing | 19 Comments


I once worked for a company that threatened to fire you if you complained about inappropriate staffing on social media. They did not threaten to solve the inappropriate staffing problem, though.

I know that you are nodding your head right now.  safe staffing

How do you think your company would feel about REAL media? Like calling your local news station and telling them the truth about your staffing situation.  Anonymously. With details.

“My Boss cannot help me because they will just fire HER! “

“I am a telemetry nurse with 8 patients”;

“I am a postpartum nurse with 5 couplets”;

“I feel like this is an unsafe situation but if I complain about it I will lose my job, and If my Boss complains about it he will lose HIS job!”

I bet they would really love that. And nothing is written down or posted to Facebook.  All within the rules. No Problem, Boss!

How about supporting a whistleblower’s act for ALL licensed healthcare providers? Especially those in LTC, where no real protection is offered, the facilities are largely for-profit, and our elders are neglected based on money-grubbing policies by greedy owners. And our healthcare staff works themselves to death to treat these people decently.  Make real guidelines that will force these owners to allow staff to take care of the elders the way they deserve to be cared for.  Not simply reporting to your state’s elder abuse hotline and being blown off because the bare minimum, inadvisable staffing level was met.

golden-whistleblowerHow about that, carers? Would you be interested? I don’t work anywhere near an inpatient environment and I am interested.

Does anyone know of such legislation that may be pending? Does anyone have experience writing legislation who would like to help?

Let me know.


If you make the rules in your state, and you feel like the systematic warehousing and neglect of our elders and disabled is the way to go, and you censor the very people who are licensed to take care of them by refusing to protect them, know this:


I am coming for you. 






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Vaccinations for Nurses and internet forums

By | Nursing | 2 Comments

While Show Me Your Stethoscope is mostly a labor of love for me, there are those days….those threads…..and those people. 🙂

Since day 2, we have asked that Abortion, and Politics not be discussed, except as related to healthcare practice, patient care, and healthcare policy. These topics are not something you are going to change anyone’s mind about during an internet debate.  Since I wanted to have Nurses gathered in unity, I did not feel that these topics were useful. I embrace the fact that we are all different, however many people are unable to do that.

It always shocks me when healthcare people are unable to understand that there are ways of living that do not agree with their philosophy. We are not here to judge, only to understand. 

I digress.heart

Hot button topic #3 is vaccination. I banned all vaccination talk from the group for the first two months, because I refuse to allow a public internet group of the most trusted profession in the world to influence someone to not vaccinate their children. The people who were vehemently anti-vaccination were screaming about it pretty loudly for the first few days, and I simply banned it to focus on unity and protect the public.

About two months ago I changed our rules to allow discussion of vaccination, but to allow only Evidence Based Practice and accepted scholarly works to be presented as facts. While I understand that there are differing opinions about vaccination even among the healthcare community, we only deal in EBP and Research here.

Any advice that a layperson needs about vaccines, including warnings about vaccine injuries are easily obtainable from their PCP.  There are package inserts available in their PCP’s office and all over the internet, and for that matter there are approximately 24 bazillion websites discussing the risks and benefits of vaccines. We are not going to allow people to assume that nurses feel like vaccinations are dangerous.  Period.  I consider it medical advice that disagrees with all accepted research.

I understand that you may disagree with me, and you are absolutely entitled to your opinion. However, we are not going to fight about it here. I am completely supportive of you discussing your opinion in an appropriate internet forum, but this is not one of those.

Also, you should join SMYS for Change to help with real nursing issues in your State and Federal Government







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