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NotMyCircus
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Not sure if any of you have heard of this event, but it will take place on May 12th this year. Beau of the Fifth Column talked about it—his wife is a nurse, so I’m sure this is a hot-button topic for him. 

Basically, there’s legislation being proposed to put a cap on travel nurses’ pay. Yes—during a pandemic when we need them most. Travel nurses just saved the life of one of my home care clients, by the way, so that he was able to come home. He was getting poor care at the hospital recently (that’s a story for another day). 

So not only are nurses dealing with severe staff shortages, lack of adequate PPE, lack of support from admins and other issues that the pandemic shined a white-hot light on—now they’re dealing with this. 

I tell you what—I’d be keeping an eye on this. As it is, I’m looking into taking some medical prep courses online, in case the healthcare system crashes entirely and accessing it becomes darn near impossible (especially if nurses take to the streets like the truckers are doing in Canada). 

ETA: I pulled a chart for the date of the march, and Jupiter has just entered Aries!  ? ? 

 

 

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Thanks for posting this NMC Smile

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@jana You’re welcome! I didn’t know if anyone would be interested I this. If this march gets as big as the freedom convoy in Canada, we may see hospital admins and CEOs filling in for nurses at bedside. Now, that would be wild….?

 

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The name of the march has now been changed to “United Nurses March”, for a number of reasons. Also, the leader of the march said in a livestream that she is “in no way affiliated with BLM” so now black nurses are going on Tiktok and saying they will not be participating in this thing. (Florence Nightingale was reportedly racist as well and the event is scheduled for her birthday—that’s another reason given for not going.)

I’m waiting for this march to be co-opted by groups and causes not even related to the original idea behind it (protesting legislation putting a cap on travel nurses’ pay). White supremacists, anti-cancers, whatever. Ever since Saturn entered Aquarius, there have a lot of protests—has anyone else noticed this? They all start out in a certain direction, then they get tainted and take on a bad reputation. Hopefully this one won’t go that way. 

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@notmycircus Oh man, that didn’t take long did it? I’m not surprised. I think some of it is genuine tribalism but some are shills placed there to undermine the cause. I’m glad you recognize it- I do too. And we can’t be the only ones. 

As far as the cause itself- I’m all for the government staying out of wage issues and letting the market determine what’s fair. 

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And THERE IT IS!!! I’ve been wondering why all these stories about nurses being criminally charged (and/or losing their license) for errors at work partially due to factors beyond their control were suddenly popping up on the news. TPTB don’t like it when We the People find our voices and stop putting up with their shit. They villainize us and try to shut us down, cow us into submission by terrifying us and turning us on each other. Look at what happened to the truckers in the recent convoys. Now nurses everywhere have to watch their backs. I’m a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and we need to do the same. 

 

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Another thing: I don’t think that the healthcare system, TPTB, politicians or the general public (to some extent that includes me) have ANY IDEA how badly PTSD is hitting some of our frontline workers who served during the pandemic. Many more of those workers have likely not even begun to process the trauma they went through in a daily basis working at bedside in the hospitals, nursing homes, etc. When they finally open the doors and allow themselves to deal with that trauma head-on….😬😳 

War veterans are probably the closest group of people they can identify with at this point. Ask a veteran about what PTSD does to a person. I had a grandfather who served in WWII as a staff sergeant and machine gun operator. After the war he drank heavily and pretty much abandoned his family for days at a time. I am certain he had undiagnosed PTSD. 

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@notmycircus Oh, they know. They just don't want to look in the mirror. There was an article in the NYT this past week, stating that PTSD affects millions who aren't veterans, and attempting to explain why symptoms get overlooked. I seriously question some experts quoted in the article, but it did note "Pandemic Trauma: Covid-19 has exacerbated mental health issues among medical workers, putting them at great risk of developing PTSD," which linked to another article about that topic specifically. (I reached my limit of free articles.) The medical community is just enormously ill-equipped. I've got stories and I'm sure you do too.

There is no limit to my compassion for people suffering from PTSD though, and that includes people who are in power and causing harm to others. Seriously. Untreated mental illness is dangerous, and getting help is hard for everyone! Even people with resources. Many doctors don't know shit, and learned helplessness is part of the condition. There is a limit to my ability to help others, so I'm reclaiming my Aries and focusing on myself for now.

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