I’ve recently been trying to attract interest in nursing reform: improving our lot and better protect our patients. I call it the Sunlight Project, because I’ve focused on finding ways to give vulnerable nurses a voice and expose corruption without any undue risk of retaliation.
It’s been a learning process, but I had no illusions of quick or easy victory. I’ve attracted less interest than I’d like, but more than I expected. Nurses have every reason to feel cynical or distrustful towards some total stranger asking for trust and participation.
One of the tactics I’ve tried was to take on all the risk myself. In Send Me a Postcard, I went out on a limb and offered to tell their story if they told it to me, via untraceable snail mail. I’d burn the card. Talk about no trail! It seemed a cheap version of WikiLeaks, without the high-tech or Government secrets.
That was the idea. Aren’t ideas always a least a bit different from reality? Now I have two cards, both about nurses, which wasn’t included in my plan, vague as it was. I don’t like the idea of nurses trashing nurses in public, but I also don’t like asking people to take a chance on me, then back out.
Nurses out there, I need your wisdom.
What would YOU do?
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