It seems that everyone loves to see a good makeover. You know those before and after pictures that show a disheveled mess magically transformed into a palace? Well it seems that is what the Committee for Pension Fairness of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association would like you to believe they are doing by placing an initiative to defund public sector workers retirement funds.
Nurses are gaining momentum for a huge revolution in health care delivery. Like our founders sought, freedom from greed and oppression is hard but a worthy cause.
At the time of the American Revolution Great Britain was a huge force of power. That didn’t stop the original thirteen American colonies from revolting and eventually winning their freedom from tyranny.
This Fourth of July take a moment to reflect how our forefathers gained independence from the strongest empire in the world.
Here’s Your Cheat Sheet to Nursing Justice:
1. Find your Voice
Nursing has the largest numbers of healthcare workers yet we have the smallest voices: we are expected to provide compassionate care, but we are forced to work under extremely stressful conditions while we are constantly under-resourced.
Our profession is fast becoming careers in which we must squeeze the actual nursing care around piles of paperwork (or computers). How many of us work through countless hours of unpaid lunches, breaks and after our shifts have finished? Despite this, studies across the nation still say that nurses don’t have enough time with patients, and have had to leave certain care undone during their shifts.
Think Boston Tea Party: What if we all banded together and refused to work through our breaks and work extra? What if oncoming shifts marched into the house supervisor’s office and demanded adequate staffing before taking report from the off-going nurses? The gaps would then become very quickly visible to employers, managers and the public. The message really got across and some action was taken.
Refuse to sip from the status quo. To this day, Americans are still largely coffee drinkers, foregoing the tastes of their oppressors.
2. Encourage communication: if we don’t demand what we need we won’t get it. No one gives up power without a fight. Huge corporations are taking over our hospitals and community healthcare systems.
Remember Paul Revere’s warning? “The British are coming!” Well mega-medical monopolies are here and we must push our congress to pass laws that protect us from tyranny. This November, California is pushing for Proposition 45 an initiative for health insurance rate hikes to be justified by the state insurance commissioner. Stay tuned.
Lastly : 3. United we stand. Work as a team. A team of experts does not make an expert team. Leadership and cohesive loyalty to the objective of Safe Patient Care goes a long way. That which honors dignity and truth will be self-evident and sustaining.
Happy Fourth of JULY!
You’ve heard the story: Once upon a time there were two cruel stepsisters and the unfair servitude enforced by an
evil stepmother who abused Cinderella in her own home.
She spent her days slaving over her mean spirited stepsisters. She dreamed of a better life.
By the end of the story, Cinderella is a princess. Her name oozes transformation — going from the dirty hearth to ruler of the kingdom.
Much like Cinderella the nursing profession needs transformation.
Think radical change only happens in kiddie stories? Cinderella’s transformation follows a series of steps that can help you transform the nursing profession if you’re willing to take the action.
They don’t even require a glass slipper or a handsome prince (although that would be nice). Simply a change in approach and the tenacity to believe that nursing can be something different beyond our present circumstances.
After all nurses are a critical component in a growing industry that needs educated caregivers, yet we would rather be relegated to the back burner. It’s time we step forward and take the credit for the awesome job we do to make and keep our communities healthy and safe.
First nurses have got to want it
Cinderella’s backstory started out just fine, but her father remarried, and her stepmother decided her blood relations took top priority.
Cinderella could have remained the victim and resigned herself to her lot, but she didn’t.
When the prince decided to invite all the women of the kingdom to his party, so he could find a wife, Cinderella did everything she could to attend.
It was a long shot. She didn’t have time off, her clothes were a mess, and she was probably having the worst-hair-day ever. How dare she try to attend the ball?
But she had grit. And determination wins the race both in business and in life.
Because change is hard. If you’re going to reinvent yourself, you’ve got to want it enough to put up with the labor pains.
If you’re not getting an embossed invitation to the party yet, do something about it. Don’t just sit there and whine. Come up with a plan.
Then you have to look the part
Her mean stepsisters and mother laughed when Cinderella suggested she’d like to go with them to the ball. She was filthy and dressed in rags.
As soon as they were gone — and with the help of a little abracadabra (after all this is a fairy tale) — Cinderella found herself wearing a spectacular gown.
Here’s the interesting part: as soon as she had the gown on, no one recognized her. Looking and acting the part changed her so completely she became like a different person.
Reality is created by your perceptions. If you don’t represent nursing as a vital profession, or worse yet, you’re invisible- what can you do to dress it up? What can you do to look and act like the esteemed professional you are?
Dressing the part means representing yourself out in the public as a health care visionary. It means writing in to voice your insight to the community. It means claiming your authority and behaving with dignity, instead of the usual whining and griping that goes on behind closed doors.
And it means being bold enough to do something like getting petitions signed, educating the public with editorials, or speaking at town hall meetings about the practicalities of funding more nursing jobs in public health and in schools.
Stand up for yourself
Cinderella made a great impression at the prince’s soiree. Everyone wanted to know who she was and where she’d come from.
But in fairy tales all magic comes with a price, and this story is no exception. At midnight Cinderella’s transformation expired, and she returned to her dirty clothes and former life. As she ran from the castle, she left behind a glass slipper.
The prince set out to look for the owner of the slipper. When he got to Cinderella’s home, her evil stepmother and sisters didn’t even want to let her out of the house.
Cinderella approached the prince anyway and asked to try the slipper on. It fit perfectly, of course.
If she hadn’t stood up for herself, she never would have arrived at her destiny. She spoke up and claimed what was hers. She was her own best advocate, and she became the royal princess.
Sometimes in order to get where you want to be, you have to be willing to defy the people around you who don’t think you can do it. And you have to be willing to tell others what you want and need. At first you will feel unpopular because you aren’t enabling those around you to take all the credit for your hard work. Others may even resent that you’ve changed. But in the end they too will get used to the fact that you are a force that is indispensible to getting the job done!
It starts with believing in yourself and your own dreams. And you may need to reaffirm that belief over and over to get where you want to go.
What’s Your Cinderella story going to be?
Are you ready to grow to professional heights higher than you’ve ever been? Do you want to make more money? Feel fulfilled and regarded in your career? It doesn’t take magic to get there.
In order to make the metamorphosis, you have to want it badly enough to put up with naysayers and haters.
You may need to defy those around you who aren’t supportive. You’ll want to dress the part, act- -as-if, and walk your talk before you’re quite “there” so others can clearly envision you in your wished-for role.
If you do these things, I can’t promise you will marry a prince (or a princess if that’s what you really want- most royalty are much too high maintenance) But our profession will have a bright well-funded legacy for healthier outcomes, and that’s worth working toward, don’t you think?
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For almost a year, the VCHCA bargaining team and many of our members have worked hard to be heard by the VC Board of Supervisors, Nursing Management and the Human Resources Department that rule over our nursing practice.
Our main issues are: Continue reading “Are Nurses getting What They Bargained For?”
This is what a recent picture on Pinterest should have been. Instead it enticed readers to check out a photo of a fireman resuscitating a cat as a tiny kitten watched in awe as skilled hands worked their magic.
As far as pictures go, it was good; damn good. I was completely taken hook, line and sinker. The look on that kitty’s face as its beloved mother was being rescued was priceless. It was an endearing shot; but let’s face it, that photo totally ruins all hope for nurses. There’s no way in hell nurses can compete with that.
From a public relations standpoint, nurses are totally screwed. Unless nurses come up with something better than rescuing cats from trees or helping lost children find their mothers, we can forget about being as venerated or exalted as the boys in yellow or blue.
No one seems to care that nurses save hundreds of lives every day and are the sheriffs, deputies and firefighters of healthcare rolled into one kick-ass classification of super hero. We man the Delivery, Emergency and Operating Rooms, across the nation. Without us, hospitals would be glorified hotels, and excuse me but I don’t want a bellhop for my chest pain, difficulty breathing or a dressing changed.
So corral your friends and family and come on down to march with the nurses at the Ventura County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 3rd. We’ll start lining up at 8 A.M. on Main St. and Catalina St. (in front of Ventura High School). The theme of the parade is Boots, Barns and Banjos so where your red scrub tops, your best cowboy boots, hats and bandanas and show Ventura County that the Nurses of our Health Care Agency are the Heroes of Healthcare.
We will have a pick-up truck with a trailer for our float, so come down and help us get it all gussied up to represent our passion for safe, quality community healthcare.
For more details or questions call: Rita Batchley The Nurses’ Nurse at 805-443-5695
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