We have a future. I cannot wait to see it.

By October 13, 2015Uncategorized

You know, I have been a little down lately.  My ‘brilliant’ idea seemed to be degenerating into a bunch of arguments about religion, vaccinations, and ‘howCanIpossiblyMakethisSomethingThatWillOffendMe?’ I know that all popular online communities go through the initial surge of memberships, the camaraderie and honeymoon phase, the marriage counseling phase, the drunken, vicious fight phase……..well, you see where this is going.

And then this post appeared:

The pic on the left was me exactly two weeks before graduating from nursing school July 2009. Dr’s told my family I would die. The pic on the right is me present day; A RN. Received my degree exactly one year after being taken off life support. Multiple organ failure, sepsis, DIC. #survivor#miraclesDOhappen.

Oh my goodness!

Oh my goodness!

So, naturally I was stunned.  The thread went on, all positive posts and talk of miracles……then this happened:

The Reveal

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So, no matter what happens from this moment forward, creating and moderating the FB group was worth it.  18/18 Admins approve.  I adore this place.  I am not sure how, but we will make a difference.  It is starting with an only moderately successful T-shirt sale to raise money for scholarships, but it can go anywhere from here.  Where would you like it to go?

We will still Show the World our Stethoscopes, battered as they may be.  The stories they have witnessed are priceless.



Ps: I may have a further post on this subject, depending on what those involved would like me to do.

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  • OrionSlaveGirl says:


  • Ali Melle says:

    Please do not get down about the petty crap on here. You are my rock and my inspiration at the end of the day. As management – I deal with nurses, CNA’s, and other departments arguing and stabbing me in the back every day! I hate it! Why are people stupid? Why can’t we all just get along? Why do some have to knock others down to feel ok? Why can’t we support each other – aren’t we all on the same team – to care for others? Anyway, I come to SMYS for support, encouragement, and the reminder of why I am a nurse. Please know how grateful I am to you for all the work you do on this site – and all the other admins. When you feel defeated – remember those of us who look to you for support. And you will get your support from us as well! Thank you for being here!

  • Karen Curtin says:

    I have really been advocating for the legislation for safe patient ratios. 800,000 members and we can’t get enough signatures on the petition! In my heart I believe this is how we begin to change healthcare. Thank you so much for creating SMYS. The posts make me laugh, cry, and most of all proud to be part of such a mighty group!

  • Shawn Johnson says:

    I would have signed the petitions had I known! I am a Rehab psych RN and firmly believe in staffing changes. We presently have a staffing ratio of 1:140+ on our night shift and I’ve been advocating for change and this far it’s working so YES I would have signed! I have 16 years of experience in ED, Ned surg, LTC, clinic….so YES I know all about staffing issues. I feel horrible I didn’t know about the petition!
    I don’t know the answer for getting the info out to all nurse (tagging all of us in a post with a link?). there is so many comments and things to sort through (and I’m not saying they are not things of interest or important post or things I wouldn’t love to read just that there are a LOT) that if I have not been to SMYS for a few days I obviously miss updates like petitions and the jaw dropping list of advertisers pulling out). If we could come up with a way for administrators to update our group members with the important issues or things like petitions that would be wonderful!

    Thanks much! Probably not the right place to post this but…it’s a start
    Shawn Johnson, RN

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