not justa male nurse;we need a national union, that can take on all the state board of nursing to reorganize to become an agent for a national rn license.
the state boards of nursing are usually consumer protection agencies. but the nln is ready when we can have all nurses's unions work together. it would very difficult for all nurses' to belong to the same union. a union has most power to influence change at the local level, on the job imho. you may want to read more posts in this forum to see that unions have had issues with raiding other unionized nurses rather than focus on getting into non-union workplaces. the bad blood runs deep and there are battles going on right now in which nurses and other healthcare workers are trying to get power back from larger organizations. there will never be a one size fits all until we can agree to focus our efforts on getting all nurses organized even if it means they want to stay independent.
it would be awesome & more helpful if nurses would respect picket lines of those who are pushed so far to the limit, they must strike.
cna should be the first state union to act like a union and set up retirement and health care options for it's rn members who have dedicated a life time of caring for others.if the other unions: police,fire,plumbers,electricians dry wall hangers, bakers, assembly line workers are provided that type service why aren't we?
local leaders work benefits out in contract negotiation. alot of union nurses have these benefits along with 401k, health savings accounts, and health insurance.
there needs to be national rn meeting in every state set on the same date and time,it needs to be heavly advertized, maybe we could get bill gates or steve jobs to help set up a vertural webcast availible for everyone including the public tohave all the state boards to put ratio's in their nurse practice act, as a standard of care. the public knows we have their back, we need them to have ours
i agree! let's go.
speaking of backs, we need lift teams, transporters,unit clerks! hey that sounds like job creation to me.lets get president obama to call a meeting of every ceo of every hospital in the us to meet with him and a national rn union president and elected regional vice presidents to put universal healthcare for all hospital employees.
many nurses don't agree with universal healthcare. i agree there are many jobs out there that are just not in place. some hospitals do have these positions, but are eliminating them because of the cost of labor as well as this idea that ratios mean we can place more work on the nurses. sucks, but at least in unionized workplaces we can file workload grievances. others are not so lucky.
lets make california the first state to have every rn and every healthcare provider and everyone else who makes a living taking care of others have a union based retirement,low cost healthcare coverage.it is embarassing when patients learn a working nurse doesn't have the healthcare that they are providing others..,or after a life time of care for others we don't have a union sponsored health plan when we retire until medicare kicks in at age 65.
agreed!if every nurse was unionized we would see higher community wages and other benefits.
so what do you think? do you think young bright people might see nursing and other healthcare careers as a option.we are going to be" hurtin for certin" if we don't get more students in the pipeline.we need financial aid to pay the 10k it take to go from rn to bsn so nurses can move into teaching and make our career theirs!
there is money in healthcare reform for nurses who want to go back to school. i always thought another motivator would be for the states to offer nurses the "nurse next door" program for nurses like they do teachers & police officers. we do need more investment in outreach to students, but more important we need to work on ways to get specialty training programs for experienced nurses and new grads who want to get into areas like ambulatory care, labor & delivery, and or.
awesome post! if you are not already, you would make a good steward! we need passionate smart people like you to lead nurses to unity.