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This list, from a posting at a nursing website, is NOTHING than Kool-Aid and is OFFENSIVE to say the least. Or as one commentator posted, “This sounds like an [ABUSIVE] partner begging [us] not to leave.” It’s JUST sickening! You want healthcare workers NOT to quit here are THREE things. NOT 20! JUST three!

(1) PAY THEM THEIR WORTH!

(2) RECOGNIZE THEIR CONTRIBUTION!

(3) DO NOT EXPLOIT THEIR DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS!

It really is that SIMPLE!

After reading the article here are my ANSWERS TO THE AUTHOR’S SICKENING (administrative) PLEA!

1. Patients need caring, loving nurses like you.
***NO! Patients need healthcare workers who are well trained and qualified.

2. If staffing ratios are bad, they will be even worse when you are gone.
***Put the quilt CARD away. Healthcare workers ARE not scapegoats for the poor management of healthcare by administrators. POOR staffing ratios is the fault, and ONLY the fault, of healthcare administrators. NOT the fault of healthcare workers.

3. The best way to affect change is from the inside.
***NO! 30+ years of trying to change it from the inside has NOT gotten us anywhere when those making the decisions are OUTSIDERS who could NOT care less what THOSE doing the work contribute!

4. You trained a long time to become a nurse.
***YES WE DID! WHY then is the BENEFIT OF DOUBT given to OUTSIDERS over our loyalty and commitment!?!

5. You are good at being a nurse.
***YES WE ARE! WHY then are we NOT given credit UNTIL we decide to leave!?!

6. Your skills make you valuable to your patients and your coworkers.
***EXACTLY! WHY then are we NOT given credit UNTIL we decide to leave!?!

7. Your experience at the bedside cannot be replaced.
***EXACTLY! WHY then are we NOT recognized UNTIL we decide to leave!?!

8. You really love helping people.
***EXACTLY! WHY then are we NOT recognized UNTIL we decide to leave!?!

9. Patients make you laugh.
***YES! They do. And so do administrators with their IDIOT-ologies. NEITHER reason to stay so that others can take advantage of us.

10. Making a difference in the lives of others is an important feature of nursing for you.
***EXACTLY! And the reason we chose a career in healthcare. But those like the author, drinking the Kool-Aid, have ruined that desire for us.

11. Nursing is flexible, and you can find jobs in other areas if you are creative.
***CORRECT! We are VERY flexible and talented and why we chose healthcare as our career, to HELP others, at the bedside. NOT in some office making policy from where you DO NOT see patients.

12. If you want to quit because of pain, find an area of nursing that doesn’t require you to be on your feet and perform lifts.
***That is NOT the pain that aches us. The pain that ACHES us is that healthcare, a time-honored profession, trusted and OBLIGATED with saving lives and stomping out disease has been cheapened into JUST another service industry, by any means necessary and at the cost of so much. THAT is which ACHES us and we CANNOT stomach!

13. You can explore your options in work environment or careers within nursing.
***QUIT repeating (#11 & 12) the same issue by using different words! We want to help others and we want to DO so at the bedside, where it MATTERS MOST! Not in some office organizing the next “ice cream and cookie” mixer for so-called “feel-good” recognition days (i.e. Nurses’ Day, blah, blah, blah day).

14. You are an advocate for your patients, and they need nurses like that.
***I AM A NURSE! Not only are we advocates for patients but for our PROFESSION as well. Yet, when we advocate for those TWO LOVES, healthcare workers and patients, we are labeled troublemakers or loose cannons and a risk to the organization!

15. You have insider knowledge of nursing, and you can help bring the problems to light.
***CORRECT! AGAIN, when we advocate for our TWO LOVES, healthcare workers and patient, we are labeled troublemakers or loose cannons and a risk to the organization!

16. Quitting just means passing the problem off to a new nurse who probably doesn’t realize how hard nursing can be… leading to their own burnout and eventual quitting.
***Again, put the quilt CARD away. QUIT telling us we leave because of what you have labeled as “compassion fatigue” or burnout. NO one fatigues from helping others. The reason we leave is because of the frustration with a system that treats us as doormats for others to walk all over us and wipe their feet on us as well. Again, healthcare workers ARE not scapegoats for the poor management of healthcare by administrators. Healthcare’s problems are the fault, and ONLY the fault, of healthcare administrators. NOT the fault of healthcare workers.

17. You are a great patient advocate, so be a nurse advocate in your facility and in your community instead of walking away.
***I AM A NURSE! Not only are we advocates for patients but for our PROFESSION as well. Yet, when we advocate for those TWO LOVES, healthcare workers and patients, we are labeled troublemakers or loose cannons and a risk to the organization!

18. There are aspects of nursing to love every day; focus on them, if you can.
***EXACTLY! WE do want to focus on them. Them being our healthcare worker colleagues and our patients. But administrators want US INSTEAD to focus on customer satisfaction, by any means necessary and regardless of cost, to include the cost to our healthcare worker colleagues and our patients.

19. Some people need to walk away for sanity, but take this as an opportunity to examine yourself in depth through counselling before walking away.
***This SUGGESTION is OFFENSIVE to say the least. I AM A NURSE! A member of a time-honored profession and a patient advocate responsible to care for the sick, promote health, prevent illness and injury and maintain levels of health for others. It is also our responsibility to cultivate our profession and steer it in the right direction while placing patients’ reasonable concerns ahead of our personal convenience, pleasure, profit and safety without bias, stereotype or compromising the contributions of other healthcare workers. In our profession, NO ONE is more professional than us. NO ONE!

We are not…the bellboy at your favorite resort looking for a tip…we are not the cashier at Chick-fil-A whose script it is, “My pleasure”…we are not the hospital’s CEO chasing satisfaction scores…and most DEFINITELY WE are NOT anyone’s punching bag! Not to patients. Not to family. And not to administrators either.

We are NOT burned out or are we experiencing “compassion fatigue”, as NO fatigues from helping others. Instead, we are frustrated with a system that patronizes us and exploits our desire to help others.

20. Patients are safer with more nurses staying in the profession.
#***AGAIN! Put the quilt CARD away. Healthcare workers ARE not scapegoats for the poor management of healthcare by administrators. Healthcare’s problems are the fault, and ONLY the fault, of healthcare administrators. NOT the fault of healthcare workers.

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