Whenever one reviews the history of nursing and goes far back into hospital journals which frequently display pictures of teams of nurses it is very apparent that these old pictures reveal a group of different nurses. At least in the visual sense. Going way back in the Boston City Hospital and Mass General libraries we see pictures of nurses that look like they could physically do some work.
Not long ago I was watching a video of Janeen Dahn speaking at the National Council meeting about some more regulatory interests that the AZBN thought was needed. She first started out mocking new grads for depicting themselves as ‘R.N.s’ by wearing specific jewelry and vanity types of accessories that new grads like to express in their success. This mockery lead into a group of failures commonly seen by new grads. The next AZBN presenter was much of the same. More regulation and mockery. The audience seemed amused. These presenters had one thing in common, they looked like they couldn’t carry a bedpan from point A to point B without stopping at a MacDonald’s for a big mac and fries. A good amount of the audience as well look so out of shape that they couldn’t last a full shift on a busy med/surg floor. So we end up with monster regulatory agencies whose main goal is to create more regulations and make good salaries and lots of big macs and fries who have little concept of what the real warriors are doing. These new grads could use assistance and guidance in those first few critical years of nursing not mockery and more regulations from a group that wants more regulations to add more tax dollars for their appetites of more MacDonalds big macs & fries.
Peary Brown retired R.N.