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

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


Let me know.





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  • Angela Sanabria says:

    Yes! So many times yes. Let’s get out of the vaccum that we are in and unite as one team. One team, of the largest member of the healthcare team. Let us show them that we will not be taken for granted, we are not easily replaceable, and we are tired of having to chose between excellent patient care,, or excellent charting. It would also be fantastic to be able to eat lunch and have our 2 breaks that we are supposed to have, and NOT have to worry about leaving our patients with another nurse that has her own patients that she is trying to care for.
    Can we please take a United front to make a CHANGE!

    • Janie Garner says:

      This is what I feel will help us, Angela. I feel like together we are too big to fail. I am glad you feel the same. I think the answer is to get the word out to our fellow nurses, and our nursing organizations to ask them if they want to be part of the solution.

    • RGee,RN says:

      Please don’t join the blame machine regarding Nurses advocacy. Often the choice is to do it or lose the job. Then the patient is truly at a loss. We are in a worse case scenario in healthcare right now and as usual Nurses are both most trusted by patients and most abused in the workforce. YES we need to organize, YES we need to push facts, figures and make friction in Washington… YES the public needs to be informed. But Nurses need support to get thru the DAY right now. A few years ago there was a successfully campaign leveraged against the mislabelling of untrained staff as Nurses. It encouraged patients to question and demand skilled care. Those patients are not only the reason we are there they can be a powerful resource. Ask the public to ask us to show them our stethoscopes….and demand safe staffing. Make studies public, garner support, put the question on ballotsvand utilize the political process. If the mother organizations are too busy staring at their navals to be effective.. .go around them…. We are 1 in the heart, let’s keep it healthy!

  • Hi Janie!

    I thought there was an event planned for Second Victims Awareness in early April? This rally you mention above is in May. I wish I could go, but I have a schedule conflict.

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