Says Blatchford, First We Shoot All The Nurses

I actually did a double take, and my jaw dropped, slightly when I read this:

It’s why, where I used to think that before I got really old I’d get me a gun so I could shoot myself, I now wonder if I won’t instead turn the weapon on some officious hospital executive, wanker bureaucrat or brute of a nurse.

Yes, it’s Christie Blatchford in her latest National Post column, taking her Canadian-health-care-is-the-Fifth-Horseman-of-the-Apocalypse shtick to new heights. It’s pretty tiresome, and a bit tasteless, given the high rates of violence nurses experience.

One also gets impression that Blatchford’s knowledge and experience of nurses and nursing runs in a straight line from Cherry Ames, Student Nurse to Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Annie Wilkes in Stephen King’s Misery. Funny how a self-proclaimed straight-shooting iconoclast ends up reinforcing predictable cultural stereotypes.

But let’s assume Blatchford’s hostility and ignorance isn’t willful. Maybe she really knows squat about nursing. I am willing to have her shadow me for a day in my emerg, under two conditions: first, she works the entire 12 hour shift, and second, she sits when I sit. Seriously, Christie, email me.


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  1. #1 by Jenn Jilks on Monday 24 October 2011 - 1430

    I know. I know. Been in ER twice over past 3 days. You people are amazing. This woman is an idiot. Actually bragging that she has pull in the healthcare system.

  2. #2 by Rob Fraser RN on Monday 24 October 2011 - 1446

    I generally will not mention that women’s name because her columns can be so distasteful, ill-conceived, highly opinionated, and generally spiteful. Why anyone print that I do not know. There is enough bad news to read already why someone’s negative opinions of the world need to be added is beyond me.

  3. #3 by rev.paperboy on Monday 24 October 2011 - 1625

    What? Christie Blatchford wrote something stupid and hateful about not-police who work hard helping people? I’m shocked, just shocked I tell you!

  4. #4 by Edith Prickly on Tuesday 25 October 2011 - 1157

    Blatchford doesn’t deal in facts, they get in the way of her “milk every tragedy for all it’s worth” style of overblown, cliche-ridden drivel. Also, it’s hard work collecting facts.

  5. #5 by The Nerdy Nurse on Tuesday 25 October 2011 - 2329

    Yep that’s the smart thing to do.

    Take out the people who save your life.

    Genius, that one is.

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