Nursing is by and large still a women’s issue. The men who have entered have a well developed feminine aspect and are, I believe, part of the Universe’s way of helping us stand up for ourselves and own our own power.
I’m not saying we’re not in a difficult situation when we don’t stand for ourselves, but what I am saying is that if we don’t, we won’t be using our gift of service to it’s fullest capacity. In the end that will cost all of us dearly.
When we, as women, refuse to stand up for our weak, our young, our old, our disabled, how can we hope to survive as a species?
Everyone knows how dangerous female lions or tigers are when someone or something threatens their young. Are we, as humans, less fierce? Why have we allowed our care taking and nurturance to be devalued in our society-for money?
God knows that all politicians use “family values” while they refuse to help support those women who are trying to hold it all together in the mess those politicians have made of our world?
How can we, as nurses, turn away from the suffering of others? How can we act like battered spouses and stand behind and yet protect the hospitals and doctors we work with? Have we got Stockholm’s syndrome- identification with the aggressor?
Are we going to keep eating the truth we know or are we finally going to spit it out and tell the healthcare consumers what we know that endangers them so they can at least stand for themselves? If we don’t, aren’t we as guilty as those who do the damage we know about?
Let’s start by going online to places where the public already is asking for help ie. Occupy Healthcare and Americans for Healthcare and all those other consumer sites. Let’s share our knowledge even if we don’t share our names. Then let’s each of us–there are 3 million of us¬¬– mail a letter to one politician so they understand what’s going on. Most have admitted that they never really read the bills. So then let’s educate them so they can stand for us and our patients. Most have admitted that they never really read the bills. So then let’s educate them so they can stand for us and our patients. That’s something we can all do as a beginning.