It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Reliable T-Shirt That States Everyone is a Nurse Until the Health Care Reform Act is Reacted To
Everyone is a nurse until the real shows up at the end of the story. There are new stories each week about nurses that take up the healthcare debate and get everyone talking about who is or isn’t a nurse. Then there are the ongoing discussions in Congress about how many nurses to be in the field by 2021. Everyone knows that the number of nursing jobs will continue to go up or down, but the biggest debate is over which nurses are going to stay and which ones are going to leave. Is it really the dollars and cents that matter or the values that the future workforce represents?
There is an interesting trend going on about the T-Shirt that says “Everyone is a Nurse” and how that relates to the recent news about the nursing shortage. Each time there is a story about a nurse or a new one about how many nurses out of a certain number of classrooms have to be turned away for job openings, someone gets a hold of the T-Shirt and starts making posts on social media about it. “#Nurseryrescue” is one of the most popular tags right now. The tagline on the T-Shirt says “It’s time to say goodbye to the reliable T-Shirt that says “Everyone is a Nurse!” It seems that even though there is a shortage of nurses in the US, people are still willing to buy the T-Shirts because they can relate to the need for more health professionals and nurses. It isn’t that the economy is failing or anything like that, but rather that it seems that there is a belief that there is some value to the ” Nursery Rescue” T-Shirt.
Is the T-Shirt meant to be ironic, or is there a message here that is worth listening to? For some people it is a joke, and for others, it is an inspirational cry for help to get more health professionals into the classroom. If you are a nurse or someone interested in helping to fill the nursing shortage, then you may want to consider the “It’s time to say goodbye to the reliable T-Shirt that states Everyone is a Nurse!” or maybe pick up one of the “Nursery Rescue” T-Shirts and show it off at your next nursing convention. Either way, it is a funny, inspiring, and intelligent T-Shirt and you will probably be wearing it long after the dust settles from the recent healthcare reform debate.