Discussing politics at work is not always a great topic of conversation. Our mothers warn us (tomorrow) that it is not polite to discuss religion, finances, or politics with our friends, neighbors, or anyone else. They told us that it was not appropriate to discuss these “taboo” topics at the dinner table, during social events, or the heavenly ban … in church or on dates of the opposite sex. So when is it good? Personally, it’s probably a good idea to discuss your political views with a future partner.
It can (or may not) change … especially if you’re on the opposite side of the fence. This may solve some of the problems. I have friends who claim that they would never be able to have a relationship with a carpenter who did not have the exact same beliefs as they did … be it a religion, money, or a mayoral candidate. Personally, I like a little “back and forth” as long as it doesn’t get too hot and really … why? As for the job, my mother never mentioned it. She was a housewife and probably thought I would spend my life there too. He was wrong. As much as I love my home and my family, I also love my nursing career. I wouldn’t be what I used to be if it weren’t for my experience as a nurse. I learned to care for patients about every step of life and to appreciate our differences. I have enjoyed working with many nurses throughout my career.
I must admit that we have had as many different personalities, tales and personal beliefs as our patients. So why does it seem that conservative beliefs against liberal beliefs in the nursing profession seem to separate the two groups so broadly? My guess is that nursing associations are freer. Nurses usually belong to trade unions. Suffice it to say … but not really. I am a member of the Nursing Association, although I consider myself a conservative because of my religious beliefs. There are certain personal laws that I consider dear to my heart. laws that cannot be morally compromised. I can appreciate and understand that other nurses can make me feel different. Some examples that lead to differences of opinion and support for termination of pregnancy are “public options” on the way to voting in the health plan. When I worked one evening as a nurse in a hospital ward, I had to intervene between two nurses who were suffering.
Both expressed different views on the current political campaign. Both wore buttons of their preferred candidate (opponents of the race), which was obviously inappropriate for the nursing department. I asked them to remove their “walking ad”, which then forced me to be a fragment of their anger for the rest of the shift. The next day, the political winds blew, as did most of them. The storms do not last! Recently, in the state of Minnesota, nurses gathered to vote on a new contract, marking the number one issue – “Safe staff for patient safety.” More than 90% of the 12,000 RNs in the state went on strike for a day when hospitals were unable to negotiate.
It was the largest nurse in US history. Negotiations and another vote to ratify the new treaty eventually led to a longer strike, but it was a perfect example for nurses who had gathered on both political lines for something that everyone passionately believed in. At this point, they continue to work together to ensure the patient’s safety. They are dedicated to the cause. Nurses are amazing, caring professionals, if I may say so myself. We may have personal beliefs that sometimes contradict each other, but history has shown that despite these differences, we have many such goals in life. We all strive for health, happiness and security for ourselves, our families and our patients. Politics, or no politics, nurses are nurses. Our mothers would be proud.