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Whistle Blowing in Nursing
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A nurse acts as a major pillar in today’s modern day healthcare system. A great help to a doctor and a remedy teacher to a patient. A nurse has to perform multiple functions on the job. The primary function being a caretaker for the client, providing all possible necessary needs that they might require and administer the basic rights of a patient.
An assistant to a doctor; a nurse manages and observes the patient’s progress through illness, maintains an up to date health record thus providing constant care and medical attention to a patient at all times. Furthermore, a nurse might also act as a health advisor for the patients’ future well being. The American Nursing Association (ANA) states, “nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations” (What is Nursing 2012). Despite the level of input required, the reward for this profession mostly shows up as a bully. Majority of the nurses face social demons at work such as discrimination, over exploitation and verbal or even in some cases, physical abuse. Through a survey conducted of 612 nurses, 67.5% have, at some point or the other suffered inappropriate behavior from their managers. American Nursing Association has stated that 56.9% have either been threatened or been abused verbally at work. (Malcolm 2006; Spence, Leiter, Day, & Gilin 2009; ANA 2001). ...
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