10 Wishes of a Nurse for 2016

We have watched exciting events at both conventions, from hacked emails, to heated, public demonstrations. It’s too bad nurses don’t receive as much national attention.

We receive attention for giving a speech in scrubs and a stethoscope or when a nurse is exposed to Ebola, through no fault of her own.

If I had my way, a nursing list for 2016 would make it front and center to the promises and great speeches. Let’s face it, neither candidate is in the bloom of youth. Both have grandchildren. Both will need healthcare AND nursing care in the future.

What wish should be for a Nurse is:


1

True recognition, value, and respect for what nurses do. Nurses save lives. Nurses have the ability to make or break an institution by monitoring care, whether it be Infection Control, CAUTI’s, handwashing, mobility, LOS, patient satisfaction, etc. Physicians don’t DO the monitoring, nurses do. It’s time to give them credit where credit is due, not jump on them the minute a possible breach in protocol appears. (We did not see physicians on the news being harassed about isolation gear, Ebola precautions when nurses became ill. We saw nurses utilized as scapegoats.).


2

Make it easier for nurses to cross state lines and work. Period. Make state to state scope of care less confusing for ALL nurses. Make scope of care and policy easier, period. Nurses should know if their institution allows them to insert gastric feeding tubes before they’ve tried to insert one (oops).


3

Stop pressuring every last bedside nurse for BSN completion. Great nurses have left the bedside because they could not afford the time, financial, or personal strain to go back to school. Although I completed my degrees several years ago, I remember the pain caused by the APN who insisted I wasn’t “good enough” to write hospital policies because I hadn’t completed my BSN, MSN.


4

Encourage physicians to understand the difference between physician orders, hospital policy, and scope of practice. A physician telling a nurse to “do something” is not law. Many a new nurse has been terminated because they did not know the difference.


5

Safe staffing, safe staffing, safe staffing. It cannot be repeated enough. Ever.


6

Excellent support staff. They are the gold at any facility. Treat them well and they will not disappoint. (well, except for the one who told me to f… off when I was new…)


7

More diversity in nursing, more men.


8

Great leaders. I mean leaders, not a clinician conveniently slotted into an opening.

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Keep going, I’m sure readers have much more. We are 3 million strong, #nurses lives matter!

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