Make no mistake: I am a nurse and I write a blog; I am not a blogger writing as a Registered Nurse. There is a monumental difference. If I were to write a blog as a Registered Nurse giving you all my opinions and advice on health, food, safety issues, etc. my nursing license would be on the line all the time. I’m hyper-aware of this, which is why I always have a disclaimer at the bottom of any post that I deem could be taken as “written by a nurse” that I do not give health advice on this blog and these are my opinions. I also have a huge list of policies you can read here in which I state that very clearly too. I am a mom and a wife, and that is who I write this blog as. It’s my freedom of speech to write what I want, especially on my personal blog that I bought and paid for—it’s your choice whether or not you want to read it, and where you take it from there in your life’s decisions is up to you. Well, someone took it somewhere that I never thought it would go…
The activist claims I directly sell products that benefit my husband on this blog and that is a bold-faced lie. My husband grows wheat and canola, neither of which I have (or ever will) try to sell directly to my readers. Sure, I write about healthy whole grains and that canola oil is a healthy oil, but that is not directly selling them, so someone attempting to twist it as that is a mark of desperation in my opinion.
I have endorsed products as a mother on this blog, but (yet again I digress) never ever as a nurse. I have been approached by medical companies to promote their products but I always say no for this very reason. I also always have to legally disclose when I am being paid to write a post or endorse a product because I believe in full transparency to my readers, and also I don’t want to end up paying $11000 in a fine if I don’t. Thankfully this complaint against me was dismissed on the grounds that this is a matter of opinions and mine are protected under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I also did not, and do not, lend my credentials as an RN to endorse or sell products.
This is what activists do: they troll comments sections on multiple blogs and websites looking to disturb the discussion and keep spreading their misinformation and lies, and I’m almost certain some earn money doing so. I was told the name of the person who filed the complaint and this person has emailed me, they have commented on my own blog, on articles I have written on other websites, and many other articles that I have not written. I still cannot believe that an activist stooped so low that they tried to threaten my career and my livelihood as a nurse. Shame on you and how pathetic! What I write on this blog or any other website is essentially opinion pieces. If you take what I write as gospel, then that is how you see it. If you think I’m here to brainwash my readers into being “pro-GMO” or pro-everything-I-write, then you are sadly deluded. This particular activist seems to have chemophobia, particularly in regards to pesticides, which I have of course blogged about before but never endorsed as I was accused of.
I am damn proud to be a nurse. I went to university for four years, obtained my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and I will not be scared to call myself a nurse online or anywhere else. Under my picture on the sidebar of this blog, the first word you will see describing me is “Nurse”. My blog title Nurse Loves Farmer is there for a reason. I am proud of the career I chose, I am proud to be a farm wife, I am proud to be a boy mom, I am proud to be a believer, and I will not be bullied or threatened into calling myself otherwise. Amen.