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

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.

Love,

Janie

 

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  • Marsha says:

    I am not one that is up on politics, but I am dealing with a wonderful group of mesh injured men and women and from what we have been through is hell. So my question to you about this advocating and standing up for us fellow nurses across the nation is, ” In order to really advocate as a group leader for some 700,000 Healthcare workers and their rights, so some or all don’t lose their jobs for standing up against their employer, does this mean you actually have to get someone from the group to advocate to the Congress on our behave for Changes?” Like I was stating in the beginning for our “Mesh Group” we have a few people that advocate for us. One writes letters (she is a journalist for the medical community, she can mention no names or post our post because we are private) we have a few that go to the court hearings and protest.

  • Kimberly Hall says:

    Janie.. yes!

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