The Dangers of Advocacy, and why you shouldn’t worry.

By | Advocacy, Health, Nursing, Workplace Safety, Workplace Violence | 2 Comments

You know the stories you have heard about healthcare people getting fired because they tried to start a union, and similar things?

Here is a message from our National Director, Jalil Johnson.  I will expand on it in a moment:
We don’t anticipate anyone having any trouble with their employer because of the SMYS for Change advocacy work.

Rest assured, if any of our members have trouble over this advocacy work, we will make sure that those kinds of transgressions are publicized and media outlets all over the country will hear about it.

We want safety for nurses and better patient care. We will not be deterred.

There is no progress without struggle!

Changers, the Nurses all around the U.S.A have your back!

So, essentially…..

No employers are going to want to get on the wrong side of this thing in public, folks. Firing nurses and techs because they are involved in advocacy work with SMYS will get these employers nothing but a protest at their front door.  Do you think I won’t show up?

Please. You know better.voltaire

Look around you on Show Me Your Stethoscope.  Those are your brothers and sisters.  We are NOT going to allow a healthcare organization to fire you for doing the right thing, and then let them get away with it without publicizing their sins. We WILL let their clientele know that a member of the most trusted profession on earth was fired because he tried to keep the public safe.  

It is well established that I will tell it like it is, kids.  What do you think I am going to say when some ridiculous, lousy health care organization decides to make an example of you?

They cannot scare us, because we are united.  They cannot divide us by hurting one of us. It will only make us cling more tightly together.

Healthcare organizations need to understand that while we can go to work for a different employer, they cannot do business without us.  We will fight for safe staffing, workplace safety, and respect.wellbehaved2_5.jpg.resize.710x399

We are something that has never happened before.  Show Me Your Stethoscope has taken on a life of its own.  We are everywhere, we are united, and they cannot fight all of us.

And if you bring the rest of your coworkers in, you will be even safer.  Who wouldn’t want the chance to change nursing as we know it? Who would fail to be part of a movement to make our patients safer?

Nobody I want to work with.




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Post-Christmas Promises

By | Health | 9 Comments

 So, Christmas is over and the end of the year is nigh. Time for a useless New Years resolution or six.

Not this year. I have had the opportunity to observe a whole lot of people during the final quarter of this year. I am not going to sit down and make some ridiculous list that will become completely overwhelming in a week. I am going to do something for Janie. This is unprecedented.

I am going to change one thing. Starting today I am going to spend 30 minutes a day being active. Preferably outside. I am not going to spend money on a gym or yoga pants. I am not buying any videos or diet products. I am just going to try to raise my heart rate for 30 minutes.

Who wants to do this with me?

Nurses are a pretty unhealthy bunch sometimes. We are exhausted by the time we get home, and it appears that running around like your behind is on fire all day at work does not count as exercise. We order takeout. We work weird hours and sleep during the day.  There are cookies in the break room.

So, ONE thing. One manageable thing to be just a little healthier this year.

Even I can do this.



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