A new nurse blog, Fighting Dinosaurs, launched recently with the tagline “Evolving Nursing Through Grassroots Voices.”
Founded by Alene Nitzky, Ph.D., RN, OCN, the site says it will offer “a safe and engaging place for working nurse narrative.”
According to the Fighting Dinosaurs website, “The voice of the bedside nurse is crucial to our healthcare system’s success, but it is currently excluded from modern dialogue. This blog aims to amplify dynamic nursing voices, help nurses infiltrate media outlets with flawless, safe copy, and fight together to establish a prominent foothold in the changing world of healthcare and to support our profession’s future.”
So far, the site’s mission seems to be squared on advocating for empowering nurses to speak out on their own behalf (and on behalf of the profession as a whole) about workers’ right and protections. The challenge laid out in one blog post, The Courage to Look in the Mirror, is for nurses to look at their own ways of dealing with things and challenge themselves to take action.
Other current posts cover nurses’ rights, reform within the nursing world, being authentic in your voice, understanding that your voice counts, workplace conditions, healthcare executives and corporations, and more.
Fighting Dinosaurs also accepts submissions and makes a call for nurses to contribute ideas and topics for the site to cover.
While invoking dinosaurs seems to symbolically suggest that the way things are and have been in nursing is archaic, there are also literally dinosaurs everywhere in the images, which is just kind of fun.
Any entity or platform that encourages nurses to make their voices heard and their professional lives better is a good step in empowering nurses. Nurses are integral to healthcare and listening to their needs, opinions, and any other feedback they can contribute is hugely important to the overall system.