Rights and responsibilities

I waited to post my opinion out of respect for the dead.

I have seen what people are saying, I can’t wait anymore.

Bear with me for a sec – this is long, try to read until the very end.

Some are saying this is a “Muslim” issue. They impugn an entire religion based on the actions of one deranged individual. We saw it before in San Bernardino. Some person goes on a rampage because he hates his job and hates his coworkers. Oh, he happens to be Muslim. Ban all Muslims. Some person who hates being gay goes on a rampage in the club he frequented. Oh, he is Muslim. Ban all Muslims. Never mind that both men were American citizens born in the United States.

I wouldn’t marginalize an entire religion based on the actions of one self-hating person who shot up the club he frequented and pledged allegiance to Daesh as an afterthought. This was not “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” This was not Durka Durka Jihad. This homicidal maniac hated gay people because he was gay and was taught by his religion he was an abomination. Could have been Amish, Baptist, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Mormon, or a Scientologist.

I will defend every member of the Islamic faith from the tyranny of the majority. I will also defend every Jew, every Jehovah’s Witness, every Mormon, every Pagan, every Wiccan, every Yazidi, and every Zoroastrian.

Now hear the corollary.

We keep hearing about how this is the “worst terrorist attack.” Many agencies are attempting to modify that so instead of being an outright fabrication it is at least partially true. “Worst attack since 9/11” seems to be the preferred piece of agit-prop to get everyone riled up.

Do you remember the weapons used on 9/11? I do.

Box cutters.

Some agencies are saying it is “the worst terrorist attack since Oklahoma City”

Do you remember the weapons that killed 168 people on April 19, 1995? I do.

Fertilizer and a Ryder truck.

McVeigh still holds the record for “worst domestic terrorist attack” and he was a Christian white nationalist veteran. Sure, Stormfront have distanced themselves from McVeigh but I remember the protests against Waco and Ruby Ridge and the people that were there. My father brought me to those protests.

People screaming, “ban the Muslim,” as well as people screaming to “ban the gun,” have short memories.

Daesh is counting on that.

There are people posting articles from hate groups that only serve as inflammatory pieces of agit-prop. They are making all sorts of inferences and claims about an entire religion based on a site that is no different from Stormfront. I do not see anyone arguing with them as they argue with the people supporting the second amendment.

FYI we have ten amendments in the Bill of Rights. This argument does not just concern the first two.

The First:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

The Second:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

You eliminate one, you eliminate them all.

Including the Fourth:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

Daesh is counting on that.

And The Fifth:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Daesh is counting on that.

Let’s just do away with The Sixth as well:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence

Daesh is counting on that.

Might as well chuck the seventh:
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Daesh is counting on that.

We don’t really need the Eighth Amendment? Right?
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted

Daesh is counting on that.

They would also like us to forget The Ninth:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people

And The Tenth:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people

We are doing exactly what Daesh wants us to do. We are arguing with each other over semantics and specifics instead of focusing on the system.

You know what Daesh hates? What happened spontaneously in front of Stonewall last night. What happened in Los Angeles.

What happened in Athens, Brussels, London, Paris and Sydney.

Daesh hates it when ‪#‎LoveWins‬. You want to fight Daesh? You want to part of the solution instead of part of the problem?

Be unexpected. Jailbreak the system.

Daesh isn’t counting on that.


So I have been gone for a while because I was involved in IRL stuffs

So I have been gone for a while because I was involved in IRL stuffs.

As a result, I have become involved in various nursing advocacy groups (that are quickly becoming astroturfed, but that is another post).  I came across this gem today and just had to share the fabulous ideas promulgated by “Advisory Board” which appears to be a faceless consulting organization run by idiots with MBA’s who are desperate to pay back their student loans.

A colleague informed me that these fabulous recommendations  came from Steven Berkow.  He has a JD. It was expensive (I will be starting my own shortly, so I know how much debt I will be in) and stressful, because it took all his hair (I love bald guys. My husband is a bald guy).

Anyway, as an engaged nurse who owes $100,000 in student loans for my MSN, I thought I would provide by own scholarly perspective.  Okay in reality I just got off work and I am having a beer (hey it’s three o’clock somewhere) and got on my computer so I could actually address this *bullshit*cough* point-by-point.  In other words, TLDR warning but somebody had to say it.  I will try not to swear.  Promise

Hey – if it’s gets enough views I might make a swanky PowerPoint to make it all professional.

I see how long this is, so here is musical accompaniment.
15 best practices for improving nurse engagement

Translate Market Forces into Frontline Terms

    • Executives host unit-based, town hall forums
      • My facility does this.  Nobody attends because we actually work for a living and they are not paying us to be there. If I am not getting paid I am not getting dressed up to hear Dr. Fancypants w. Alottamoney, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, FACHE, verb nouns and noun verbs in an attempt to use jargon to obfuscate the fact that she in reality has absolutely no idea what is going on.
    • Staff nurse liaison relays information from senior leaders back to peers
      • Pray tell who is going to be hired for this position?  Nobody.  You are just going to have numerous meetings daily and force the charge nurse (who has actual work to do) to go to these meetings.  Then you will institute a “huddle” at change of shift where the charge nurse will disseminate the same information day after day to the same people who have to be at work early to clock in and sit around waiting for the charge nurse to be done doing the actual work s/he was unable to do while sitting in meetings so that s/he can read a prepared script and mispronounce all the big words.
    • Interactive exercise shows managers how adverse events affect unit budgets
      • if the managers do not know this, they need to be back on the damn floor (oops. I owe someone a quarter).
    • System identifies, addresses rumors circulating among frontline staff
      • this would be great is someone actually addressed the rumors instead of reading off prepared talking points in a disingenuous attempt to placate staff with empty reassurances and bullshit (another quarter, sorry).

Rationalize the Flow of Change OR who comes up with this horse pucky?

    • Limiting organization-wide emails helps minimize change fatigue
      • Actually, if the bloated administrative assistants would quit sending me stupid emails regarding crap that has nothing to do with my job, that would be great.  Also, I do not care what new MLM diet plan that marketing chick is selling.
      •  Get off my lawn.
    • Email color coding indicates priority level
      • no dumbass it takes up valuable bandwidth, just like you.
    • Change events calendar maximizes awareness, minimizes overlap
      • !!!!NEWSFLASH !!!!
      • We are working twelve hours a day, sometimes at night.
      •  No, I am not waking up at 0400 when I WORK NIGHTS so I can commute to a job when I am not getting paid to partake in your heart health/diabetes month/pride parade for patient safety.
      • No, this is not high school and even then I never went to pep rallies. I was behind the bleachers doing important things.

Pursue Quality Ideas Over Quantity (like “work smarter, not harder lol)

    • Structured idea submission form focuses suggestions on organizational challenges
      • WTF does this even mean?  Your organizational challenges revolve around making a profit.
      • We all know this.
      • Quit hiding it.
    • Frontline staff asked to not only identify challenges but also suggest solutions
      • Great idea!!  I tried that. I GOT FIRED.
      • Screw you meatpie I wasn’t born yesterday. I know that if good ideas do not appear to spring from my superior’s heads they will be ignored or sabotaged.
      • I also know that I should curate favor with my superiors by letting it appear they come up with all the good ideas so I can keep my job.
    • Idea progress board allows daily vetting, tracking of potential process improvements
      • This person sounds like they attempted to get one of those karate belts in LEAN and had their ass kicked by Sonny Chiba, Bruce Lee,  and Jackie Chan simultaneously.
      • I have an *EXPLETIVE* MASTERS DEGREE.  I *know* the Toyota way better than you asshole and you are screwing it up (I think I may owe y’all a dollar by now, just run me up a tab).

Build Meaningful Recognition into Leaders’ Workflow (I almost spit my beer out.  I now require another)

    • Frontline recognition kit equips managers to mail staff hand-written notes
      • If my manager gives me a hand-written note it *better* have a Starbucks card attached.
    • Special staff rewards, recognition triggered by specific performance criteria
      • See above. Also, take that Daisy BS and shove it up your ass along with all the nurse’s week crap you keep handing out.  I know that this will only happen when CMS gives the facility full reimbursement, which will *never happen* since CMS regs are *designed to prevent* them from fully reimbursing you greedy corporate whores.
    • Weekly organization-wide email recognizes individual/team achievements
      • *blinks*
      • I thought above you said we were not going to get the bullshit emails anymore.

Broaden Access to Nontraditional Development Opportunities (they do not have an appropriate emoticon for my reaction to this statement. Imagine an angry cactus that is also bewildered)

    • Have staff members build customized professional development portfolios
      • I gave you my fucking resume before you hired me.  If it wasn’t good enough then why am I here?
      • Asshole.
    • Internally train high-potential staff and backfill with new hires to reduce costs
  • I literally laughed out loud at this.”backfill with new hires” like new hires are dirt. Backfill. That’s rich.

    What exactly is a “high-potential” staff? Young, uneducated, and stupid? Or old, over educated and desperate? If the latter, sign me up. I am sick of the bedside.

    Because of crap like this.