4,000 Nurses strike for patient care. - page 5

4,000 brave women and men, RNs from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, are spending this week on the picket lines outside of Sutter Health Hospitals throughout Northern California, on a 10-day... Read More

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    Quote from Iam46yearsold
    After 8 years of Bushism, I really do not like the term militancy. unity and militancy so you can get the best wages. No where does that speak anything of doing what is good for the patients, only what is good for the nurse. This is why I will never support unions.

    Well, there it is! You just don't like unions, although in some of your previous posts, 46, you've tried to appear neutral. We've attempted to have a civil debate back and forth in the AN healthcare politics forums and you just can't seem to see beyond your anti-union bias to recognize that patients are safer when their nurse's role as a patient advocate is protected against unjust retaliation, (whether it be outright firing under the guise of an "at-will" employment clause in the employee handbook, unpaid suspension, and/or constructive discharge practices (selective schedule changes or vacation/day off denials/predatory audits/working condition changes, blackballing, etc.). Weingarten Rights and Just Cause Discipline are two of the most important non-economic benefits of union representation that are good for patients.

    On the issue of fair wages, patients suffer when hospitals fail to offer competetive salaries to attract and retain enough nurses to provide the sophisticated and complex care, (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, education, advocacy and documentation), needed by patients. When hospitals hire layers upon layers of middle managers, and offer exhorbitant salaries and compensation packages to their executives, and pay consultants and union busters millions of dollars, patients suffer because their needs are for the skill and experience of direct care Registered Nurses. When the budget serves the interests of the management, at the expense of the interests of patients, direct care nurses have a duty and should have the protected right to exercise freedom of speech, and freedom of association to collectively advocate to change those circumstances that are against the interests of patients.

    The public has a right to know. If it takes a strike, (and it rarely does), then so be it. If the nurses are on the outside, then there's something very wrong on the inside. Yes, we must engage in "elegant" militancy. When our weapons are facts, and our voice is collective, and we assert our rights as patient and professional nursing practice advocates in unity, our vision for health care is powerful. You may choose not to support unions; that's your right. As for our union, we'll continue to fight, as circumstances require, to remove any and all barriers to the ability of nurses to provide you and your loved ones, and all patients, with safe, therapeutic and effective care. To do that, we need a strong all RN union and professional association: CNA/NNOC!

    Native American wisdom: "As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist."

    Florence Nightingale: “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.” and,
    “I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results
    .”

    And, since you mentioned Bush, check this out: "Send Bush Packing"
    http://www.sendbushpacking.com/

    My discussions have all been and will continue to be civil. Is it me or is it you who can not see beyond your pro union bias. As you brought that matter up.
    Your arguments always seem to go back to one thing. Better wages for nurses. As a nurse I feel well compensated for what I have delivered over the numerous years. And you keep on describing militancy as "elegant". I really fail to understand that. When I see very good health care delivered daily without harsh words and without harsher comments. I see nurses making a good living by any standards. RNs do well in this state. We are treated well, and there is no need for militancy in any form.

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    Sendbushpacking.com is cute but hardly new or informative. Soon he will be gone, not soon enough, but soon.

    At my hospital I am known as the "Queen of Green". Long story there.
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    Quote from lindarn
    This listserve is full of threads from Texas and Oklahoma nurses who are scared for their licenses due to the deplorable working conditions in hospitals. A group of Texas nurses just organized under NNNOC due to these conditions.

    Either you are in la la land or you live in a different Texas than these nurses do. JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    A-MEN! No California nurse would accept the working conditions common in Oklahoma facilities!
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    Quote from Xbox Live Addict
    A-MEN! No California nurse would accept the working conditions common in Oklahoma facilities!
    Where I work, we've met a lot of really competent nurses from Oklahoma on travel assignment who come to visit California and work with us. They've heard about our CNA/NNOC nurses' union and the work on we've done that benefits the nursing profession and patients. They really enjoy nursing again and have experienced higher job satisfaction because they are able to give the best care possible because of our ratio law in California. I believe when they leave, they are educated and are encouraged to fight for safe staffing in their hospitals when they return home, because it's the right thing to do for our patients.
    "YES WE CAN!"
    Click the link to tell President-elect Obama that we need safe staffing ratios now, for all patients.
    http://www.nursetopatientratio.org/
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    Quote from RN4MERCY
    Where I work, we've met a lot of really competent nurses from Oklahoma on travel assignment who come to visit California and work with us. They've heard about our CNA/NNOC nurses' union and the work on we've done that benefits the nursing profession and patients. They really enjoy nursing again and have experienced higher job satisfaction because they are able to give the best care possible because of our ratio law in California. I believe when they leave, they are educated and are encouraged to fight for safe staffing in their hospitals when they return home, because it's the right thing to do for our patients.
    "YES WE CAN!"
    Click the link to tell President-elect Obama that we need safe staffing ratios now, for all patients.
    http://www.nursetopatientratio.org/
    Unfortunately, Oklahoma, with the blessing of our then-governor, passed the right-to-work law in a landslide. The governor proclaimed, "Oklahoma is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!" Yeah, maybe for minimum-wage jobs like Wal-Mart associate. Whatever. This is also one of the reddest of the Red States.
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    Quote from Xbox Live Addict
    Unfortunately, Oklahoma, with the blessing of our then-governor, passed the right-to-work law in a landslide. The governor proclaimed, "Oklahoma is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!" Yeah, maybe for minimum-wage jobs like Wal-Mart associate. Whatever. This is also one of the reddest of the Red States.
    Once again, the business interests have bought themselves a "right to abuse workers" law. And, they've framed the debate around the issue in such a way that people were hoodwinked into voting for something that is against their best interests. As if individuals, banding together collectively for job protection and advocacy is a bad thing for nurses or other workers? The corporate business community has formed a powerful union and unwitting working class people voted to support the boss man's ability to weaken the worker's ability to organize a closed-shop, "everybody in, nobody out" union.

    In the words of Mother Jones: "My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: "We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing."

    And, Frederick Douglass: "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will."
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    Quote from Xbox Live Addict
    Unfortunately, Oklahoma, with the blessing of our then-governor, passed the right-to-work law in a landslide. The governor proclaimed, "Oklahoma is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!" Yeah, maybe for minimum-wage jobs like Wal-Mart associate. Whatever. This is also one of the reddest of the Red States.

    There is a reason in Oklahoma, Why marijuana has been, and is, and will continue to be the biggest cash crop in the state.
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    Quote from Iam46yearsold
    There is a reason in Oklahoma, Why marijuana has been, and is, and will continue to be the biggest cash crop in the state.
    Ah is a ignorant Okie. Will you edgie kate me? :chuckle

    I am curious as to where this information came from, what is the reason, and what does it have to do with nursing?
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