School Nursing

The Relentless School Nurse: Can We Disagree Without Being Disagreeable?

As we get closer and closer to November 3rd, tensions are running high and so is incivility.  I have a Relentless School Nurse Facebook page where I share resources, cross-post my blog, and encourage discussions. I do not apologize for being political or taking a public stand about my support for the Biden Harris ticket. But a few weeks ago, after multiple visitors to my page crossed the line from public discourse to what felt like personal attacks, I posted this message:

My Facebook page is an extension of my blog and website. I am a private person, not an organization, not a company or a non-profit. Just as your Facebook pages reflect your personal views, so does mine. I am a firm believer in civil discourse, and am open to meaningful discussions. I will not tolerate disrespectful comments and suggest those who are looking for confrontations to take your messages elsewhere.

The supportive messages flowed freely and I felt encouraged by the community response. I recognize that my views are not universally shared, nor do they need to be to have meaningful discussions. In fact, I am open to hearing diverse views but will not accept or tolerate attacks.  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg aptly said, “we can disagree and not be disagreeable.” I don’t want to hold my breath for the next few weeks or further toughen my very tough skin, but perhaps that is what is needed in this highly charged environment.  

My respect for our profession is profound. I have one ask though, can we treat each other with the same regard we show those in our care? Nurse bullying is one of the dirty little secrets of the most “trusted profession.” I am calling it out, and hope you will too. 

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