A seat at the table. Psst this is a feminist issue.

I spent all day yesterday and half of today at the hospital, then the other half of today writing a paper about my profession, then came home and watched this 26 min documentary about the future of nursing. I am so thoroughly in brainwashed/in love (that’s the same thing, right?).

I’m on board with all of this nurses are the answer messaging. But the very last line hits a sour note:

“Wake up public, you vote us most trusted profession but we need your support to be all that we need to be.”

THUMBS DOWN. Don’t spend twenty minutes talking about how we are natural fixers of problems then lob the biggest one we have, our fractured image, into the lap of the public.

Wake up faculty. Teach young nurses that it is absolutely their professional obligation to speak up for their patients. Not just in the hospital. Take that noise to the press, the internet, the state house.

Wake up nurses. That trust we get from the public is sacred. Earn it by being conscientious, whip-smart, and brave. And be public about it.

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