I wish I could agree. Unfortunately, as a nobody ADN, all I can do is spout off on forums like this, send email to people, and send letters to people. Clearly, my efforts have been met with extensive success.You don't need power to make changes. I think your emphasis on education is a great avenue for making a positive impact.
In addition, another problem is the strict homogeneous nature of many nursing programmes. I think may well qualified instructors are often overlooked in favour of instructors with a strict nursing background. For example, one of the senior clinical educators I flew with put a resume in with a local ADN nursing programme. This person has been a nurse for over two decades, a paramedic for about as long, and has a doctoral in adult education with emphasis on educational technology. Not to mention years as a clinical educator for a flight company known to have highly involved physicians and progressive clinical practice guidelines, at that time. Unfortunately, she was completely ruled out as a candidate because she did not have a BS in nursing. So long as nursing continues to make crazy rules like this (IMHO), students, new nurses, other providers, and ultimately patients will continue to pay the price.
Totally understand and I have no wish to hijack your vent. Sometimes venting is healthy and allows one to decompress. My only concern was having people go overboard on the bash a nurse concept. I never thought that was your intent, however.But again, those SOME nurses will never disapear and this little venting place is dedicated to them.
A radiation safety class? I remember hearing something in chemistry about weak nuclear forces and nuclear decay. I vaguely remember something about conservation of energy and how a radioactive person would sort of violate that, being that those particles sort of pop their load so to speak upon transferring their energy to dividing cancer cells (hopefully). Clearly, a person massively contaminated with neutrons or somebody who decided to stick around an exploding nuclear reactor in order to pick up some radioactive shrapnel would be an exception. Not really a hard concept to understand. Do you think having an inservice with the nurses would be helpful?2. Calling me to ask if a patient is radioactive...seriously? I checked to see if the nurses got radiation safety training, which they did. A 2 AM phone call for this is out of line.
Sorry if I keep posting, I do like to hear how things are experienced from the other side. I think it helps me interact and communicate better.