Democratic Consulting Firm Teams Up With Hospital Industry to Battle Nurses Union


The Intercept has the article Democratic Consulting Firm Teams Up With Hospital Industry to Battle Nurses Union.

For Pinkham, the nurse staffing debate has been laced with sexism. “If there were 23,000 men saying, ‘Hey, look, this is unsafe,’ do you think they would make you wait over 20 years to fix it?” she asked. “They treat us like we’re just these nice girls, trying to do a nice thing, but that we don’t know what we’re talking about and can’t handle numbers.”

I found this quote to be quite ironic. Just moments before coming across this article, I had been reading a Facebook thread about the issue of Question #1.

A female nurse posted the comment:

As bedside nurses (as we claim to be) how can we possible understand what it takes to run a hospital.

Once I read a very good explanation of why things work at all given the Peter Principle. I have not been able to find any reference to that article, but The Chicago Tribune article Why Things Go Wrong: The Peter Principle... comes the closest.

“All useful work is done by those who have not yet reached their level of incompetence.”
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Peter`s Sexist Principle: Most hierarchies were established by men who monopolized the upper levels, thus depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities to achieve their own levels of incompetence.

In the article I remember reading, the author mentioned female teachers having been forced into teaching jobs by the sexism of their era. Restricting them to being teachers was a way of preventing them rising from their level of incompetence. Non-commissioned officers in the military were another group of people who were prevented from rising to their level of incompetence. I think secretaries were also mentioned as a class of people that were not allowed to rise to their level of incompetence.

It seems like nurses also fall into the class of people who have not been allowed to rise to their level of incompetence. More surprising to me was that a woman could actually think that she would be incapable of rising above her level. (She didn’t actually say that, so maybe I am over interpreting to make it a good story.)

The point of that article that I am remembering is that is that organizations worked because of the secretaries, non-commissioned officers, and teachers that were responsible for running organizations competently. Without the sexism that kept women in their positions of competency, how would the world survive?

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