Two of my nursing colleagues were sitting at the nurses station the other day while having a conversation about things going on at the hospital. The first nurse said that she was frustrated about how new hospital rules are making it harder for nurses to give quality patient care. She said that she had been thinking about things, and that she’s unhappy because the new policies don’t make any sense. The second nurse quipped, “You would be a lot happier if you just stopped thinking.”

Perhaps unhappy nurses should take a lesson from the Stepford wives. Imagine a hospital filled with mindless, Stepford type nurses, blindly following hospital policies. Everyone would be happy. Nurses would gladly work double shifts, every weekend and holidays, and never request a day off. No one would use their critical thinking skills, and nurses would never protest about poor working conditions or about how patients are being shortchanged by the health care system. The creation of such a nurse would be a hospital administrator’s dream.

Maybe I should keep my mouth shut. I don’t want to give someone any ideas.