I am a nurse practitioner with 15 years of experience in the healthcare system in Manitoba! … Before I became an NP, I had 10 years of experience as a nurse. My career has been full of interesting stories and experiences as I went along… All those years I worked in unionized positions which were over-regulated, had many limiting scenarios and horrifying experiences which led me to think that being a Nurse Practitioner truly sucks. I literally started studying pre-medicine and was going to get out of being an NP. I was sick of excessive rules, being micromanaged and having red tape, bureaucracy and other crap getting in the way of quality patient care and NP job satisfaction. Where was the autonomy in all of this?? Well there was little to none!
The story in this video was a situation I went through in my own home community where I was born and raised. I was a local NP and absolutely LOVED my patients and my practice and NEVER had any intentions of leaving that practice....EVER! Well, circumstances got in the way of that and I felt totally pushed out the door.... felt horrible leaving my patients and felt angry towards the Health Authority for letting one horrible person / manager get in the way of quality health care. Every single time I re-live that story, it gives me goose-bumps and stirs up a lot of emotion. Seriously, it is unbelievable some of the things that Nurse Practitioners have been through in their experience. However, these experiences are things we can learn from to change the future of health care and for NP practice. We can choose what we tolerate as NP. We know we have unique and different ways to provide holistic and quality medical care to patients and that those patients have a true appreciation for the care we offer once they experience it. Never give up on your dreams. Don't let a bad experience taint your view of what we have to offer to patients.
==========================================This is just one of many stories about my experience as a Nurse Practitioner in the health care system in Manitoba. There are MANY more to come!
Be sure to join the movement www.npautonomy.com and experience and learn about both the good and the unbelievably bad things that happen in our public health care system that have made it what it is today!
Many NP's have great practice areas, but may nagging issues that affect job satisfaction and quality patient care. Many RHA's / employers do not know how to properly manage and look after staff in a way that makes them want to work hard and stick around...in fact, its quite the opposite in many situations!
If, as an employer, you treat staff with disrespect, box them in by micromanaging and making them do all the things they don't like to do ('just because you can"), minimizing their importance in the system, not being a true team player and using top-down authoritarian management styles...then good luck retaining staff and good luck getting those staff to feel good about what they are doing and good luck bringing the BEST quality care to your community that way.
Promoting true practitioner autonomy is a proven way to both job satisfaction and the best quality care for patients.... and so the story goes on....
Nurse Practitioner, Entrepreneur in Manitoba, Canada
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Diane Gudmundson has been an NP for over 14 years. She has a passion for the value and uniqueness of the NP role in our health care system.