Let’s start with the degradation and devaluation of nurses across this country.
For decades, I lived the devaluing of nurses. Daily huddles from our nurse managers, ER nurses, ICU nurses, and behavioral health nurses. Emails and huddles about downsizing. Nurse-patient ratios. Decreasing nursing staff and increasing patients. ICU nurses typically had a 2:1 ratio and, depending on the patient’s acuity, a 1:1 ratio. But as years went by, we watched our nursing world become increasingly unsafe. Decreasing our staff because we were told: “For the sake of the budget.”
我们还观看了increase in CEO salaries in the millions per year, not including their perks. The secrecy of “bonus checks” to our managers. The hospital board members receiving their financial bonus perks also. Every upper management padding their pockets as they rode on the backs of nurses.
While we worked to keep patients alive. 12 to 14 hours a day. Rarely a 30-minute break. And rarely even a 15-minute break. The “tripling up” assignments. The dangerously unsafe assignments. The badgering and micromanage of managers. No matter what we did, how long we worked, Tripling our assignments; we were bad and awful and had to do better. Better … or else we would pay the consequences. The threats. The degradation. The devaluation. Of us.
整个未来两年，我们的ICU床变得稀缺。它已成为一个恶性循环。没有ICU床。没有ICU / ER护士。备注的救护车和医护人员支持。四小时等待911呼叫。我们的医疗保健系统已被堵塞和失败。
Suddenly, an ICU/ER nurse can make $5,000 to $10,000 per week with a travel agency.
An ICU or ER staff nurse making $30 to $40 per hour standing and working next to a travel nurse making $5,000 or more per week.
And hospitals not honoring the nurses that stayed onboard but rewarding the travel nurses.
When COVID potentially winds down, will we teach CEOs, board members, upper management that we demand respect?
That we are college-educated professionals?
Will COVID change the face of nurses throughout our country?
And I stand tall for all of the nurses who demand their respect and their worth.