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Nurse March-Ohio

Welcome to this sites first blog!

Hello Everyone,

My Name is Ashley. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2018, an LPN since 2016. (Graduated in 2012, we won't go into crazy details about what happened there today.) My mother has been in healthcare as an STNA since before I can remember and my sister is also a nurse. (an amazing one at that.)

I just wanted to give a post to explain why I am doing what I am doing. I saw the flaws in healthcare before I even thought to be a nurse. I witnesses my mother come home exhausted from another shift that was understaffed. I saw my sister do the same thing. I remember asking them why they were still where they were. "It's like this everywhere." was the reply I would get usually. (This was long before Covid-19, so we cannot let covid be an excuse.)

As a student nurse I would come across forums from healthcare workers who were voicing the same sentiments. They were mentally exhausted on top of physical exhaustion due to conditions that were set by people who have never been at bedside a day in their life. These healthcare professionals were exhibiting signs of moral injury before I knew of the phrase. They were upset that they did not have enough time in their day to provide the care that the people deserved.

I started seeing it more so when I started working as a nurse. I have spoken out at every single job I have been at about staffing (pre-covid) and have subsequently become a target at every single job. (It is easier to punch down on employees I suppose than it is to address the issues.) This isn't a movement to be an "us versus them" mentality. I would love for us to be able to find solutions to improve work conditions for us. We have had an unequal give and take across the board in medical facilities however. We do have Presidents of non-profit hospital systems making 6 and 7 figure salaries while also encouraging cost cutting measures. (like pushing for capping of staffing agencies, which subsequently cuts pay.) There is something to that to me personally, that is completely amoral and unethical . Then they have the audacity to place management in the middle of these issues rather than fess up to their cost cutting measures.

I can say, it is easier to speak out in a group. It is exhausting calling facilities out by yourself. I do believe that all of us healthcare professionals can call for change. Legislation might take a couple years to get through at the state level but it is a lot quicker to get pushed through than the federal level. We need change now.

Thanks for taking the time to read!

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