I’m sure nurses wonder how I came up with the name of this page.
A little of the backstory: Back when I was on probation in my last long term nursing position (first time I’d been on probation or anything of the like in then 35 years of nursing), I knew I had a target on my back. Termination was inevitable, and I knew it.
While I was still working and searching for documentation to support myself, including multiple emails I had written to management over the course of my employment, I mumbled to myself, “I feel like a #^&@-ing guerrilla nurse or something.”
The phrase stuck in my head.
I felt so alone. An outsider. A warrior with no army. A lone fighter against one of the largest corporations in my city.
After Alene Nitzky encouraged me to write for her website, fightingdinosaurs.com, I decided to call myself the Guerrilla Nurse. My original intention was not to use my own name, but my conscience and emotional intelligence intervened. I quickly realized my words would be meaningless if they were anonymous.
Hence, GuerillaNurse was born. Under my real name.