Why #NursesTakeDC 2018? Debbie Hickman, Travel ICU RN, 2017 Rally Speaker, @nurse_debbie #NurseUp #NationofNurses
YOUR JOB ISN’T SAFE. YOUR PATIENTS AREN’T SAFE
What is it going to take for us all to band together…
stand up together…
Make these changes happen!
How would you feel if your patient died and you could have prevented it?
Are you working in an environment that is detrimental to patients? Where they aren’t receiving the proper care? Where the care is bare minimum? Do you leave work feeling like you failed your patients and didn’t give them the care they deserve?
Don’t wait for someone else to stand up or speak out. Let me say that again. Don’t wait for someone else to do what you know needs to be done.
This must stop now. We need to stand together and say No More! We have power and strength in numbers. Harm comes to patients everyday from understaffing, too high acuity, too few inexperienced nurses and nurses working that are burned out from years of being overworked.
Your patients are your responsibility. They trust in you and are counting on you to take care of them. We are the most trusted profession for a reason! Be proactive. Stand up for your patients (present and future).
If your patient dies on your watch and you could have done something preemptively to stop it and you didn’t. Can you live with that?
Stop letting fear hold you back.
Debbie Hickman, Travel ICU RN