Loosing Angels (Nurses) at Hospitals
Choosing to be a nurse is a career of the heart. Nurses are responsible for treating, educating, and helping patients. One of the reasons that nurses love their careers because of the level of interaction with patients. Even though there is continued training, evaluations and long hours, many times nurses serve 12 hour shifts and work with up to seven (7) to nine (9) patients at a time. This is an awesome responsibility and to ensure that nurses are professional, responsible and accountable they are evaluated and monitored.
Nurses are the first line of patient care when a person goes to the hospital, quotes like, ”Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon” D. Hammarskjold shows how immeasurably important a good nurse is. The demeaning side of a nurse’s life is that they have very limited options when harshly evaluated and judged. Nurses can be judged by professional criteria or personal criteria. The sad part of any evaluation for a nurse is when a personal evaluation goes bad and a qualified, dedicated and experienced nurse is judged so harshly and unfairly they are let go or fired for no probable cause.
The issue of health care has created such a stir that people from all age groups struggle with healthcare; my recent hospital stay has caused me to reevaluate my healthcare options as a male that is over 45 years of age. Healthcare has become so controversial it has become over the years a political issue. D. Cardillo stated about nurses and their impact on patients that, “Nurses are the heart of healthcare.”
The heart of the medical profession comes from the nurses (Angels), nurses are also the arms that comfort patients, the heart that contains the love and compassion needed to help patients, the mental toughness to decipher medical conditions and administer sufficient medication to ease pain and discomfort.
When a hospital does not value their nurses their effectiveness to have first class healthcare and caring for patients diminishes. Nurses start to fear for their jobs, patient care is affected and moral drops to the point where stress, anxiety and worry permeate the medical atmosphere. These are some of the issues affecting hospitals where the Angels (nurses) are being hurt from unwarranted disciple, unfettered judgments and maybe even bias (in my opinion) undertones in evaluations and unfair treatment.
Nursing is not like teaching where there is strong Union support, because of the lack of unionization nurses may seem to be treated like indentured servants (slaves), that supposedly was abolished over a century ago. In recent news reports nurses have been given more responsibility that even doctors are not held accountable for.
Data shows that patients trust nurses more than doctors, from my recent hospital experience I have had three doctors “advise” me on my condition (diabetes) staying only at a maximum of ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes (yes I timed them). While my nurses stayed longer making sure I was comfortable, understood my medications, and even asked about my family’s needs. This is true professionalism, the thought that these dedicated nurses both men and women who only make a fraction of what doctors make and work longer hours perform professionally and possess the hearts of Angels.
My mind shifts again to how much I or my insurance was paying a doctor who smiled, shook my hand and was eager to leave my room, I would truly prefer that money go to a nurse who I knew would reliably and efficiently be there at the allotted time with a smile, cheerful heart and good bedside manner. It seems sometimes that hospitals do not understand how vital a nurse is.
This is why as posted in “Nursing Times”(nursingtimes.net/, April, 2009, S. Payne) that poll of 1,700 people found 95% of people trust nurses ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’, whereas only 87% of respondents placed the same level of trust in doctors. The only profession that is placed above nurses are firefighters. Not teachers, law enforcement, politicians, lawyers or other valuable professions.
Nursing proudly is the largest occupation in the health care industry, over 2.6 million nurses in the United States and growing with the increase in elderly living longer. To sum up the dedication of nurses and sacrifices they make, D. Cardillo states, “Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!”
This blog is dedicated to nurses around the world, especially to those at St. Lukes Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida that are losing valuable and seasoned nurses (Angels). To all the nurses let go, fired, and terminated. The patient in the end is the one adversely affected and looses out because seasoned and experienced nurses are being fired, let go, terminated and unsupported.