With this post, I introduce a project still in its infancy: its planning stages, really.
Nurses have long known that countless abuses and misbehaviors against us go unreported and unaddressed. Perpetrators are valued sources of revenue and prestige, and much protected. Nurses know from bitter experience: honest reports of real abuses through official channels more often result in retaliatory punishment of the nurse reporters than any accountability for perpetrators harming both nurses and patients. The only savior for such nurses has been publicity. My project aims to help nurses aim this light of day. The usual status quo severely risks patient safety and protects both fraudulent ‘care’ and malpractice. Nurses demand better! Our current path seems to lead ever deeper into such corruption, protected and encouraged by powerful interests that care only for profit, not patients. These interests have largely silenced nurses with ruthless retaliation against any who speak up. We demand change.
Corruption in health care is deep, systemic, growing, and tremendously lucrative; hence the protection offered it by powerful interests in America today. Nurses and patients, I argue, are natural allies against such abuse. We both suffer for it; we both remain divided, distracted, and thus weak and abused. Unlike physicians, managers, and owners, we don’t profit from it: we stand as its victims. We badly need to better defend ourselves, to gather and organize our numbers. Together, we represent a potentially overwhelming, unstoppable force for mutual good. Groups like the NRA have achieved tremendous power with far smaller numbers. We need only focus our demands and accept no lies, distractions or compromises. If we choose to do nothing, our lot will continue to worsen. The choice is obvious: we must make an effort.
I do not mean to argue here for or against ‘ObamaCare’ or ACA. Corruption and abuse would stay equally serious and pressing problems, regardless of ACA. Until patients and nurses take their place as equals with the powers who run health care, until we provide the transparency and accountability required, we will remain victims under any system. We can and must do better.
While this group’s contribution to this effort remains a work in progress, I thought it important to introduce it now. Details will follow as soon as possible. We eagerly seek your ideas and opinions. We need your help!
(I absolutely do NOT mean to imply any complaint with my current employer with this post. I’m lucky in that sense. Not all nurses or patients enjoy such good fortune.)