Show Me Your Stethoscope, or SMYS, was founded almost completely by accident. A couple of ill-informed comments were proffered by television personalities (who shall remain nameless); they mocked a monologue delivered by a beauty contestant who spoke of her love of nursing.
They asked, in their ignorance: “why is she wearing a doctor’s stethoscope?”
(Read the Washington Post’s opinion about this here.)
This raised the ire of health care workers globally, and ignited a social media firestorm. One nurse, Janie Harvey Garner, started a Facebook group on a lark, daring non-doctors to wield their stethoscope publicly and proudly. (For the record: we regard physicians highly as well, and more than a few joined in on the fun.) As the group gathered members, pictures and steam, members began to speak of a vision of united health care workers making large-scale changes—safer staffing, safer work environments, improved professional advocacy, public education and support for peers, co-workers and colleagues.
SMYS is based in St. Louis, Missouri. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that now seeks to engage professionals in health care to achieve those changes. We work toward those goals through public events, fundraising, community discussion and generous giving. We are currently organizing rallies and missions, and have achieved fundraising goals for members and causes that we support. SMYS has also formed an internal structure ofvolunteer leaders and contributors, taking a grassroots approach to systemic issues at the local and regional level.
We invite you to join us!
The SMYS Team