In a recent online attack on the debut release of the novel taRNished by an RN colleague from Texas, I provide a stellar response for all future attacks to come. There are going to be those who support my efforts and there are certainly going to be those who attack my efforts. What must be realized is that we ALL love Nursing as a profession or we wouldn’t be active practitioners. I have chosen a niche market to make the chances of the most pressing concerns in healthcare not only reach a broader audience but to actively engage people while we have the attention we might not otherwise get. Our profession has survived all manner of controversy since the establishment of the first general hospital in Rome by Fabiola in 380 AD and we are still THE MOST TRUSTED PROFESSION IN THE WORLD. Below is my interaction with my Texas RN colleague.
Texas Nurse: Great, just what the profession needs – another poor depiction. Thanx for nothing. Also, your synopsis mentions. “Edward Cullen, RN “. I think you mean Charles Cullen the jersey serial killer?….
Me: Yes it has been corrected in the final proofs. The culture of fear and defensiveness is usually warranted when system failures result in mismanaged care or worse…death. As a citizen in my country I don’t care so much about the positives if the negative can or will affect me or my family members in a negative way personally. It’s self preservation instinct in play that makes people gravitate to the negative stories. In my new book taRNished I focus on pathological individuals who take advantage of gross system failures. A big part of system failure is lack of an educated populace so I feel the shock value of my book taRNished awakens the public to very real threats in the system and spurs them on to want or feel the need to be educated which will supplement our efforts as care providers. If they don’t feel the need or urgency of the need to be educated then we as care providers oft times speak on deaf ears.
And truly in response to your comment the profession needs an accurate portrayal of what really goes on and not a stick your head in the sand mentality. Even though it is a small percentage and might be negligible, if it is your family it’s not so negligible. Pathological individuals will find it much easier to survive and thrive in overburdened over tasked work force in the near future. It’s going to take people acknowledging and speaking on the failures in the system in order to educate the populace and reform healthcare the way it should be reformed not this mess that they have right now.
But I thank you for your candor and hope to get your support in my endeavor . Everybody goes about it a different way this is just my take on approaching health care reform.
F.y.i stay tuned. I actually plan to use that typographical error as a way to engage young people later on during these debates. I’m going to have some sort of contest made around it. That’s a good eye you have for catching that. But during the editorial process we also caught it but I decided to leave some of them out there. Gotta use every avenue possible for marketing and promotions.