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March 22, 2016

This is so Crazy it Just might Work! – An Invitation

By | Advocacy, Healthcare Policy, Nursing, Unity | 4 Comments

Dear Every Nurse on Planet Earth:travel-nursing-jobs

I have decided that we need to talk about a few things again….so bear with me.  You know how I go on.

So we have all of these nursing organizations.  State organizations, National Organizations, Unions, Nursing Specialty Organizations…and ShowMeYourStethoscope.

And nobody works with each other or agrees on anything.  Because they want to be the biggest person in their sandbox.  Or they want to show their members how efficient they are.  Or there is one tiny thing they do not like about the plan so they walk away. nursesunite

This sounds familiar. Like when you are calling report to a floor and they refuse to take report because they are busy, and no one else can help them because they are busy, and all of the care gets delayed. And the ER is backed up and can’t get patients to the floor so they can take patients from the waiting room.  And we all think we operate in a vacuum, when we are all important components of the marvelous device that is healthcare in the United States.

And our patients are not cared for properly. And we blame ourselves because we are conscientious and caring professionals. We have tried for so long to do everything with a startlingly bad lack of resources that we are used to it.  This cannot be. Our patients deserve the best care available.  We cannot give it to them on a shoestring staffing budget.

We cannot take responsibility for the failure of healthcare organizations to staff properly.  Do you think that Nurse Executives and Nurse Managers want to see unsafe staffing? I am going to tell you that they do not.  They have no choice, because their jobs are dependant on meeting the bottom line set by their superiors. They are nurses, just like us.  They want safe care for their patients.

So we have all of these resources, and they are going to the wrong places.  They are going to emergency care instead of primary care.  They are going to fighting instead of uniting.  images (3)

Our Nursing organizations are really kind of like that. We have all of these resources and we are not using them, because it is a giant contest. There is no unity. It has to be ‘us’ who got a bill passed, not everyone, just our organization.  Getting a bill passed for safe staffing is the right thing to do.  It has nothing to do with politics, membership dues, or egos.  It has to do with lives.  Failure to unite as a profession is costing lives.  How can we be the most trusted profession on planet earth and choose our individual wants and desires over human life?

I want to make an offer to ALL professional organizations. There are a lot of nurses here. We want to unite for safe staffing.  We want to help our patients and advocate for ourselves.  So why not just show the powers-that-be our stethoscopes as nurses, not organizations? You can use my spot right here. I don’t have an ego. We can come together as equals, 1ce4aa326a2bb71485c2a83bdd7d5395and just do the right thing.

Can we be RN’s AND LPN’s and unite for Safe Staffing? Can we be MEMBERS of healthcare, no matter our discipline and unite for safe staffing?

Will you take the chance that this could be the way we succeed? And that it doesn’t have to be your organization flying solo?

There is a Rally for Nurse to Patient Ratios in Washington DC on May 12, 2016.  We would like to have Nurses from every state, and every organization gather to participate in the Rally, and show the country that we are united behind the grand tradition of Nursing.  This tradition is to do the best thing possible for our Patients. So simple, but so incredibly important.

You know how to get in touch with me, but the email is Janie.Garner@smysofficial.com


Let me know.





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