“It Will Not Go Anywhere…”

Recently a colleague had this to say about my efforts to oppose the Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)–“It will not go anywhere…” Of course he’s probably right. I catch myself thinking of a couple of posts by Kristin Barton Cuthriell:

Radical Acceptance The Snowball Effect

Accept the Things I Cannot Change The Snowball Effect

I think some people are trying to tell me to accept things as they are, to practice radical acceptance. Sometimes I think I will just quit tilting at windmills for a change. My dad used to have a little remark for situations or people he didn’t understand, was astonished by, thought weren’t being fair or trustworthy, or he was skeptical about: “Ain’t that nuthin”. He also often said it when he suspected someone was pulling the wool over his eyes, cheating him, placating him, humoring him, or lying to him.

It always seemed like a question mark should go after “ain’t that nuthin.” But he never said it like that. He sometimes laughed it, and sometimes spat it. But it was never a question.

I remember a couple of years ago when I first began the Delirium Early Detection and Prevention Quality Improvement Project at our hospital. The chief safety officer said something almost exactly like “It will not go anywhere…” Now nurses are using the Delirium Observation Screening Scale (DOSS) across the hospital.

Ain’t that nuthin.

And I remember telling myself many times that my book would never get published, telling myself all the while during the two year journey, “It will not go anywhere.”

A practical book you can use

A practical book you can use

Ain’t that nuthin.

I recall sweating blood over the physiology and biochemistry exams in medical school and being almost convinced I would end up going back to work on a land survey crew for all the headway I was making toward becoming a doctor. I said, “It will not go anywhere.”

The Feather Bestowed

The Feather Bestowed

Ain’t that nuthin.

Decades ago, when I first met the woman who would become my wife, I remember standing at the check-in desk at the YMCA where I was living then, and where she was working part time, just standing there pretending to scrutinize the local rag of a newspaper that never had anything worth reading either above or below the fold–trying to think of something clever to say. In my head, all I could think of was “It will not go anywhere.”

Happy Valentine's Day, Sena!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sena!

Ain’t that nuthin.

The Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates just forwarded my draft of a proposed resolution to oppose Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) in Iowa to the Speaker and Vice Speaker of that body. Would they invite me to the Reference Committee deliberations about the resolution if they were just going to throw rubber chickens at me? But it will not go anywhere.IMS Resolution and Petition Opposing MOL

Ain’t that nuthin.

Related background:

http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/departments/clinical-departments/psychiatry/grand-rounds/upload/01-MOC-Grand-rounds-presentation-12-7-with-additions.pdf

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