|Does punishment change behavior? Apparently it must since it is used in all aspects of life. Or does it? Let’s look at that from several aspects.|
|The criminal justice system comes to mind. Does punishment change criminal behavior. This, of course, is a huge debate by everyone. Some think that it does, but if punishing people, by putting them in prison, works, then why are the prisons so full of repeat offenders? It doesn’t mean that criminals that have committed horrendous acts of violence should be set free so they can continue to hurt others. Society needs to be protected from these people. However, there must be other ways to deal with lesser crimes.|
|A cousin of mine was in an accident in which there was a drunk driver driving the other car. My cousin had a severe head injury that left him with some memory deficiets. When the case went to court, he asked the judge to send him to work in a facility where people with similiar injuries are treated to let him see what it is like for the victims instead of sentencing him to jail. The judge did just that, which hopefully had more impact on him than it would have if he went to jail as punishment. There has to be other options since our current system has some flaws and recitivism is high in the criminal justice system.|
|All of this was brought to mind for me today because I had a bill that was due today and as with most bills if you don’t pay them on time you have to pay a late fee. I look at this as punishment. Does this really change behavior? Are there other ways to deal with this. I almost forgot it and yes I did run out and pay it, so I guess you can say that it changes my behavior. However, it is going to soon effect their company which I have been with for many, many years, because I am tired of the threats and will do what I need to do to get rid of them. There might be other ways for them to deal with this.|
Nursing is a very punitive system and their threats are usually quite damaging to the staff person. Now I know that nurses are dealing with lives, and facilities can not let harm come to the patients. However, I don’t think that any health care professional would do something to hurt a patient on purpose, so maybe administration needs to look at the situation and deal with it that way. That usually does not happen. Their feeling is that rules are rules.
Sooner or later nurses get tired of being treated this way and look for ways to opt out. This is probably the right choice. I have always felt that if you feel like this and feel that there is no way to change things, then it is time to move on. I am not trying to convince all nurses to leave the profession, but if all you do is complain about it and see no changes on the horizon, then try some place else. The problem is that probably the same thing will be true of a similar situation.
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