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If you think it’s bad here in North America, click on this link entitled ‘Govt freezes salaries of student psychiatric nurses’ in Malawi.
Have you ever heard of anything so outrageous?
They obviously have a desperate need for psychiatric anything over there, and after reading the article, I think some of those hospital and govt. officials should be strenuously assessed for their mental stability!
Now they are going to just blithely knock these nurses off of their payrolls as if they never existed, and not pay them from FEBRUARY/10!!!
So from Feb. 2010 to now they’ve worked for nothing?

I just shake my head in disbelief that this can happen…they don’t have a union it’s obvious, and no one to stand up for them, as the story said the Minister of Health didn’t seem too concerned until ‘something crossed his desk’ about it…I tell you…we should be counting our blessings we don’t live there! That story just disgusts me.
I hope those nurses in Malawi get some kind of help soon…

I am so excited! I now have many more gift ideas for you to choose from for the nurses in your life, whether you are a nurse yourself, or your mother, your sister, your brother, or your grandparent even! Yes even grandparents nurse…I know because I have two grand-kids and I’m still nursing…aaaagh!
(silent scream).
I have my Zazzle store and my other store on GreetingCardUniverse of course, and now….drum roll…..tonight I’m unveiling my Amazon.com store which is geared (you guessed it) towards nurses and anyone who loves a nurse.
You will be able to find clothes, books, dvd’s, gift baskets, in fact all manner of gift ideas for the upcoming holidays. You might just want to say thank you to a special nurse, or group during Nurses Week. Or you might decide that new grad in your family deserves a “congratulations” gift on passing his/her exams. Lots to look at, from great movies and t.v. series, to scrubs, and stethescopes!
Just click on the link above entitled NurseNightingale on Amazon.com to take a peek! My other store link is also above under Nurses on Zazzle, and if you like greetings cards, try my GreetingCardUniverse link also found at the top of the page or in the bottom footer menu.

Florence Nightingale Pledge

This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

As you can see this ‘Florence Nightingale Pledge’ was not written by Florence herself, but attributed to her memory more or less.
I can remember far back in the distant mists of time, why I wanted to be a nurse.
It began as a small child, when I found a bird out of its nest, or a wounded animal to care for, I would bring it home and try my best to nurture them, feed them, comfort them…sometimes they died regardless.
At 16 when I left school (in England at that time, that was the school leaving age!)…I went to my local hospital, and applied to be a student nurse.
I can recall the long table with the “Matron” some “sisters” and I’m not sure who else, all staring at this young girl seated before them…Heaven only knows what they were thinking!
The matron finally summed it up….”We are not taking any more student nurses this year, please try again next year”.
(In retrospect, maybe I should have applied to be a Veterinarian!)

I remember commenting at the time, that I had had an offer of a job at the local shipyard, as a telephonist, and I would take that position until I could apply again. The matron raised an eyebrow, and replied, “Very philosophical of you!” or words to that effect. I think I ran home and looked up ‘philosophical’ in the dictionary…I’d been called a few things in my short life, but never that!

But…it wasn’t meant to be, at that point in time at least. I got married young (18), and emigrated to Canada, got divorced and had a young child by the time that I seriously looked at nursing, once again as a career.

I went into nursing because of a financial need, and because I had always had that yearning deep inside to take care of others.
I liked people, and I liked seeing them get well…choosing psychiatry, or actually it choosing me (more on that later)…was probably both a good choice and a bad one. The ‘getting well’ part is a bit of a three paces forward, two paces back kind of theme in mental health…and if you like seeing an end result in your practice, probably not the best choice for you!
But I digress….(that’s normal for me I might add)….I wanted to say at the start of this post that although I believe in the pledge above, nursing has changed a lot over those many years. My kind of nursing, and my current employer…well, lets just say, that working with people, which was my ideal, has now been mostly replaced with working with paperwork, lack of staffing, and no real support.
More on this and other issues later….

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