National Post's Blatchford: Bring back the handmaidens

  1. June 26, 2003 -- Christie Blatchford's column "Militant angels of mercy" in the June 7 issue of Canada's National Post, mounts a bizarre attack on the modern nursing profession, as she yearns for the good old days when nurses were "kind" and "loved, if not always respected."

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  2. 88 Comments

  3. by   sanakruz
    Who is SHE anyway?
    That article is a travesty!

    ...I want my MOMMIE!!!!
    UH HUH.
  4. by   P_RN
    Ms Blatchford is an IDIOT. E-mail being composed.

    I found a reference to Christie Blatchford on Google on the Canadian Medico-Legal site.....

    http://216.239.51.104/search?q=cache...n&ie=UTF-8</a>


    They are apparently NOT fans of nurses.

    CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD

    Arguably Toronto's most popular columnist, and certainly the most devoutly read, Christie Blatchford has made a name for herself by tackling tough issues in her characteristically straightforward, no-holds-barred style. After landing her first gig at The Globe and Mail, Blatchford quickly rose through the ranks to become a sports columnist before taking a job at The Toronto Star. In 1983 she took a job as a humour columnist for the Life section of the Toronto Sun before landing her well-known page-five column. Blatchford's column now appears exclusively in the National Post several times a week.
    E-mail: cblatchford@nationalpost.com
    She's made a crusade about the death of an indiginous peoples child who died of dehydration/malnutrition.
    Last edit by P_RN on Jul 10, '03
  5. by   sanakruz
    Kiss my Grits, little girl!


    And its World Trade CENTER
  6. by   epg_pei
    Originally posted by sanakruz
    Who is SHE anyway?
    She's a nobody, writing for the number #2 (by a mile) "national" Canadian paper. Don't believe everything you read in the papers 'specially this one.
  7. by   EmeraldNYL
    Is this woman smoking crack or what??! Let's find out where she lives and go TP her house.....
  8. by   sanakruz
    I know who she thinks she is: Camille Paglia !

    LETS FLAME HER!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHH:angryfire

    (I mean is that ok shes not a member or anything )
  9. by   jnette
    Originally posted by EmeraldNYL
    Is this woman smoking crack or what??! Let's find out where she lives and go TP her house.....
    hmmmm... she better hope she doesn't get sick or need hospitalization anytime soon..... :stone Sheeesh.
  10. by   SandySummers
    We should consider avoiding making any life-threatening comments directed at her. We have more power than by violating our professional responsibilities and killing our patients. We are not as powerless as that! Let's write to her and her editor and demand an apology and encourage the editor to dispatch a reporter to Toronto's hospitals to learn about what nurses really do, so (s)he can write articles about nurses. If the reporter hears nurses threatening to kill patients who disrespect us, it's not going to look very good for the profession.

    Please email Christie Blatchford at cblatchford@nationalpost.com. Please make sure to copy the Editor of the National Post at letters@nationalpost.com and send a blind carbon copy of your letter to us at letters@nursingadvocacy.org so that we can monitor the effectiveness of this campaign. Thank you for advocating for the nursing profession.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by sanakruz
    Who is SHE anyway?
    an idiot, apparently. I am amazed any intelligent person gives her audience. Oh well, be outrageous enough and you will gain favor and attention. These types thrive on it. She means squat to me.
  12. by   lucianne
    Originally posted by SandySummers
    We should consider avoiding making any life-threatening comments directed at her. We have more power than by violating our professional responsibilities and killing our patients. We are not as powerless as that! Let's write to her and her editor and demand an apology and encourage the editor to dispatch a reporter to Toronto's hospitals to learn about what nurses really do, so (s)he can write articles about nurses. If the reporter hears nurses threatening to kill patients who disrespect us, it's not going to look very good for the profession.
    Did someone make such a threat and then delete it? Because I don't see any death threats here. Someone suggested TP'ing (toilet paper rolling) her house and flaming her (verbally trashing her on the board) and someone stated they hoped she didn't get sick or need hospitalization any time soon. I don't think that was intended as a threat against the woman's life, just that she might get an earful about what she wrote. I'm sure that most, if not all, of the nurses who would care for her in such a situation would be professional. Frankly, I find your admonitions against making threats just as insulting as Blatchford's article. She's an uninformed writer scrounging up copy that she doesn't have to do any research for to get a column out. You're a nursing Professional and should know better. If there was a death threat post and it has been removed, I apologize, and I suggest you edit your previous post and I'll delete this one.

    luci
  13. by   NICU_Nurse
    I don't totally disagree with her, I have to say. You can all stone me now.
  14. by   James Huffman
    A couple of thoughts ...

    1. Columnists have to come up with something on a regular basis. Sometimes they hit pay dirt, and other times, well, they scrape the bottom of the barrel. In other words, don't necessarily take it too seriously.

    2. Contrary to an earlier suggestion, this woman is no Camille Paglia. I've read lots of Paglia, and she's -- while controversial at times -- insightful, interesting, and fun to read. Blatchford is none of these.

    3. Most readers are not going to find her thoughts ringing true to reality. I mean, this is not what nursing is like, unless Canadian nursing is FAR different from that in the States. (I don't think it is, by the way).

    4. Mean comment from the male side of the board: this woman is certainly no looker, either ...

    Jim Huffman, RN

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    Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03

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