I just got off a major soap box in a different topic about why nurses aren't paid as well as we should be and why we don't work together. Here is the link, just in case you have insomnia and need an outraged nurse's writing to help you fall asleep! lol!
I'm Wildflower and blew a gasket about how bad other nurses treat each other and the fact that the Nursing Board doesn't make the situation better, dividing nurses according to status, LPN, ADN, BSN, and even our NAs.
We are working short because nurses that don't really have to put up with this nonsense, retire or decide to be a bartender, which pays close enough. There are a lot of licensed nurses that refuse working short, the disrespect we get, and too little on our paycheck to make up for the difference. We need to respect each other and work together and things will get better, but we don't.
The reason for a nursing shortage is obvious. We are wrapped up in some petty competition, set up by our own Nursing Board, telling us who is smart and who is not. There really is a status ladder, but we are working nurses and didn't build it. We are all intelligent women who need to utilize each other's strengths, not pick on anyone's weakness. No nurse, I couldn't care less how high up you think you are on the food chain, is all knowing. Sometimes our own NAs will know something is wrong before we do. Respect them as part of nursing also.
I think we are cutting our own throats and setting ourselves up for poor staffing and lousy working conditions, over a Nursing Board 'food chain' of who is smarter. Get real! All experienced nurses are plenty intelligent or would be before the board over incompetent behavior and no longer hold a license at all.
Nursing is complex and we all have differing strengths. Quit bitching about your co-worker and utilize her strengths. Work together, no matter how we rank, we are all nurses or nursing assistants that want the same thing, good patient care.
Please send me an application for being a Mafia Nurse. I am very interested!!!