I spent some time today reading through issues of the American Journal of Nursing. Not current issues, mind you, these were issues from the 1980’s. Here were some of the topics that caught my eye:
Nurses are leaving the hospitals.
Women make less.
Nurses should be politically active.
The government should provide more money for nursing education.
Nurses should continually evaluate their scope of practice and how it relates to the workplace.
Nurses are a valuable commodity in controlling health care costs.
Sometimes nursing students have trouble transitioning to bedside care after graduation.
Sound familiar? Some tune, different decade . . . the good news is that I think the nursing profession continually evaluates these topics in the light of a new generation. Still, it would be nice to see some of those topics disappear completely . . . not all of them, but some . . .