I’m just here for the cat memes

By October 28, 2015Uncategorized

When SMYS happened, I was pretty shocked.  I was so excited to unite so many healthcare providers in one virtual place! I assembled an engaged, intelligent admin team.  I started thinking about our options for advocacy, because I knew that this huge group of healthcare providers would want to do things to advance healthcare.  Most importantly, the ability to care for our patients safely, in a well-compensated position, and given the respect we deserve.

I fear that I may have been wrong.

Why do they give me so many patients and pay me nothing? Because I let them....oh.

Why do they give me so many patients and pay me nothing? Because I let them….oh.

We asked eight hundred thousand professionals to share a safe staffing petition and sign it……for their own good.  Because ANY safe staffing guidelines are way better than none.  And make no mistake, the non-union healthcare providers in this country are abused constantly in this way. We asked you to protect YOUR PATIENTS, AND YOUR LICENSE.  We couldn’t get even half of the one hundred thousand signatures required.

Because apparently, most of our audience didn’t care. We blamed the format of the Facebook page, and moved on to increased inpatient beds for psychiatric patients. We knew that the healthcare community would rise to the occasion.  Every healthcare provider knows that the homeless and mentally ill population increases daily.  They have no support system, and no resources.  They need inpatient care, so they can live in a decent way.  All people deserve their dignity.

Couldn’t get one thousand signatures.

So we decided that we would do something that everyone agrees with.  Patient Satisfaction scores are the bane of the hospital.  Everyone complains about meeting these impossible standards.  We lose money every day because mostly angry people return surveys. We cannot function as both a hospital and a 5 star hotel.  We have to concentrate on the physical and emotional well-being of our patients.  

A week, and only five thousand signatures.

So, you need to ask yourself what you would change about your job.  Then you need to consider what you are actually willing to do to change it.  At this point, I see over half a million people who are unwilling to sign a petition.  Are you willing to lobby? Are you willing to write letters? Are you willing to unite and become a strong entity that can make a difference? Are you willing to support your fellow healthcare professionals instead of picking them apart? Are you willing to stay out of discussions that upset you, and contribute your knowledge to the ones that interest you?

Or are you just here for the cat memes?

I want to show the world our stethoscopes.

Love, Janie

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  • Paul :) says:

    It’s always about the cats. Cat herding, cat memes, cats, cats, cats.

  • Angela says:

    I think it might really be the format. I never even saw the petition for the increase in in-patient psych beds. I didn’t find out about the funding petition until a few days ago, and the safe staffing one I believe was a couple weeks in.

    • Heidi says:

      I absolutely agree with you. I signed and shared all three petitions. Didn’t get any likes or shares on any of them on my personal wall and I’m friends wit all of my coworkers on FB. I work inpatient psych so I thought that one may have got some hits. I’m very upset with my fellow nurses and their lack of support.

  • Elyse says:

    I’m on Facebook daily and didn’t see any of these!

  • Diana K says:

    Janie, you have done an amazing job with the site, and now that I’ve seen it from the other side, it’s easy to see how things get missed…when the format for FB makes it darn near impossible to effectively monitor. We need to stand up for issues that affect us and impact our daily lives. We are being asked to do more with less, and take care of sicker patients, and patients that we really shouldn’t be taking care of (read: psych patients with no real medical issues but no place to send them to help with the real issue). I also think SMYS has many non medical people and even professionals who knee-jerk type responses to posts without checking to see if someone else has said that, or if there’s more to the story than the original post. When we are off, it seems some of our critical thinking skills are left behind. I don’t know what the answer is but happy to be along for the journey. –Kat

  • Kristine says:

    Janie and I feel your pain. I have the unique perspective of living in a state that has ratios, but coming from a state that does not have one. I’ve spent approximately half of my career on either side of the fence. There is no comparison of the kind of nursing that I can do here to that of what I struggle to accomplish back home. Our patients deserve so much better!

  • Doris says:

    There are so many posts that I never saw any of the petitions you mentioned until I physically spent time to go search for them and half I didn’t even know existed. I signed all I could find and them some. Maybe they should be pinned for a week and frequently advertised by all admins.

  • Andy Mendoza says:

    A lot of my nurse friends, I’d say most of them, unfollowed because SMYS was all they could see in their feed. Then how many of us are really nurses in the USA who are not disillusioned yet.

    • janiegarner says:

      There are instructions in the files section for taking care of the feed issue. And as for disillusionment, I hope we know that we have to be the change we want to see in the world. Website is coming out shortly.

  • Audra says:

    Is there anyway to bump these petitions up to the top of the page and keep them there so they’re more visible? Or some how eliminate searching through all the feeds for them?

  • Renee says:

    Janie I wish I could like this a million times!!!!!!!!!!! THAT’s why I joined this page; to make changes, to advocate, to educate myself and others, to join a group who wants to lobby for changes!!!! For a few weeks everyone was united and though…”YES, we CAN make a difference”! But, the momentum shifted and now it is a place for people to post pics of their cars, pets, children, lunch, selfies, etc. I’ve had no problem seeing the petition posts, and it baffles me that you can’t get at least 100k signatures from the 700k members of the group. While I scroll past those posts, there are so many of them that the posts relating to making changes or asking about policies or asking what sort of changes nurses want to see get lost. I have posted MANY posts asking about policies, procedures, or professional opinions on topics such as mental health reform, etc. One or two responses!!!! But a post asking what car you drive or a video of a nurse rolling her eyes while getting report gets hundreds or thousands of comments and likes! Where are all of the people that joined this group to make a REAL difference in healthcare?????? I see so much bullying and berating of people on this page it’s so disheartening!

    The memes are hysterical; but do we need many different posts? Why not just one and then post others i the comments like the one Janie started.

    I think the format is fine, and I don’t mind logging in to view the website either. Perhaps more guidance from the admins about what they want this page to be about? Where do the admins want to go from here? Is there a way to make separate folders for the memes, pics, and videos? Maybe that would reduce the traffic and more posts can be seen?

    Thank you Janie! I think you did an amazing job starting this group, and I think the potential is there do do such amazing things!

  • Karla Larson says:

    I love this page and will do whatever I can to advocate for all our health professionals! !!!

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