When I look around at who is involved with SMYS for Change, I wonder about the people who are NOT involved. We have a ton of dynamic, intelligent, and caring people who want to impact nursing in a positive way. Where is everyone else?
You may not realize this, but hospitals are terrified of informed nurses. They want educated nurses for Magnet status. They want RN’s instead of LPN’s because of reimbursement. So, if you stay on your couch and don’t go to any nurse-centric events, you are working for them. You are staying uninformed and continuing to provide them with additional revenue while they provide you with what?
- A Job? No….you have that RN or LPN job based on your own merit. You worked your butt off for that license.
- A Calling? No, if you feel called to nursing, you will still feel that way if your hospital is properly staffed and safe.
- Self Worth? Do you think you must suffer to be worthy of caring for people? When you are an advocate for your patients and refuse to take unsafe assignments, you are the embodiment of nursing.
These are falsehoods. You do not need them at all. There are a million employers. They need you. And to clear up another myth, you are not being a team player when you take an unsafe assignment. Quite the contrary. You are perpetuating the cycle of this foolish and irresponsible behavior instead of advocating for patient and staff safety.
Are you a member of Nursing or not?
We are members of a profession. We have a responsibility to that profession to keep its reputation intact. We have a responsibility to advocate for and advance that profession. What are you doing to accomplish that today? Today, I wrote a blog to get nurses across the country to meet each other and share ideas. My team and I returned several calls and emails to engage in partnerships to advance this group, and to hopefully advance this profession. We did this because we feel as though we owe it to nursing to make it safe for nurses and patients alike. There is no personal gain involved. Heck, I am a federal employee. Any legislation that gets passed probably won’t even impact me. However, I am a passionate advocate for the profession that saved my life.
Don’t let your hospital scare you away from the grassroots revolution of healthcare. SMYS for Change is right here when you want to join. If I were you, I would make it sooner rather than later. This train is headed out of the station. Be on it.
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