Why Nurses Are Not Given the Opportunity to Make Decisions
Nurses are some of the most hardworking professionals in the world, handling about 60% of the tech workforce. From medical school to professional life, they’re trained to serve patients with all their hearts. Unfortunately, they’re often not given the authority to make decisions or to speak up about their work, potential improvements, and so on.Having worked as a pediatric nurse for more than two decades and being a member of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) I have been striving to integrate nursing care into GICS programs so that they can have the authority to make decisions about healthcare services, healthcare quality, policy, and related guidelines. This work would empower nurses with the tools and opportunities they need.I know that many of my colleagues might lack the confidence to talk about these issues because they might think nothing is going to change in their environments. They think that physicians will always represent them whenever it comes to policy formulation and policy implementation. Additionally, many nurses do not speak out for fear that their salary may be reduced, or they may lose their position. But, if we don’t allow nurses to raise their hands and speak up, how can we work together? After all, it’s not a crime to be a nurse.