A COPIED POST FROM SOMEONE THAT CARES TO THE THIN BLUE LINE, 9-4-2017…
I know by now everyone has seen the Utah RN get arrested for protecting her patient’s rights. I have seen the outrage, and I agree with all of it. I will challenge you all to take your outrage one step further, and here is why.
While this visible display of disrespect, abuse of power, and physical assault is offensive and appalling, this abuse is not something unusual. We are outraged because it came from a Police Officer.
I suspect the ability to look at Nurse Wubbles and treat her this way is multifactorial. I think at the root of all of this is that Nurses, as a profession, are not looked at as respected and educated professionals. Although public opinion places the nursing profession above all others as the most respected, amongst other professionals, we are not. To corporations, we are interchangeable and replaceable. To patients we are waitresses and drug dealers. To doctors we are servants. In general, people look at nurses as though no matter how we are treated we still have to care for them. My biggest example is that our nursing services are not billable. When you are a patient, a nurse is the one providing 24 hour a day care. However, when your insurance is billed, my services are included in your ‘room charge’. They bill for everything I do, every task I perform, every med I administer, but my professional skills are included as house keeping.
A nurse assesses you, monitors you, feeds you, bathes you, comforts you, reviews your results and calls your doctors when something with you is wrong. We put in your IV, we dress your wound, we give you dignity in the time when your privacy is most vulnerable. It’s the nurse who says ‘something just isn’t right’. It’s the nurse who says ‘I know you’re busy, doctor, but this can’t wait’. It’s a nurse who says, ‘ you need to explain this procedure to your patient’. It’s a nurse who says ‘just one more round of CPR’. It’s a nurse who cleans you when you die so your family doesn’t see you like you were.
People think what we do are things that happen magically. They don’t.
In the hospital people treat us as though our whole job is to make everyone else’s job easier. It’s not. Our job is to help patients. To make patients better. To protect patients. To advocate for them.
What I will say I hope comes out of all of this outrage, aside from justice for Nurse Wubbles, is that people start to view nursing as a profession. I went to college, I took state board exams, and I save lives every day. I hope we start to respect and protect those in the medical field like we we do those in the criminal justice field.
Fight for our profession. Fight for our rights. Fight to make it safer for us to provide safe care to you.