How powerful are hospital unions? - page 4

Just curious.... I start my first job as a GN at a large hospital that is unionized in August. During my interview, I was told that the staffing on the floor I will work on (telemetry) is 4:1. Based on your experiences,... Read More

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    Let's see, is NNU in any way connected with the union that opposed the compact, cuz practice was so different in different states? I guess not. Unions are great. I should know the horse in Animal Farm is my cousin.

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    i don’t think the state can take action against the actual out of state license regardless of the impact on patient safety. for instance the statistically successful diversion programs many states have to help impaired nurses regain their licenses after treatment could only be used in the actual state of licensure. the only possible action to protect the public would be for the state where the offense occurred to attempt to revoke the compact license altogether.

    also in my state rns have the obligation and the right to advocate in the best interest of the patient. i some states nurses are expected to put the budget of the employer before what is best for patient care.
    troubled nurses skip from state to state under compact
    nurse craig peske was fired from a hospital in wausau, wis., in 2007 after stealing the powerful painkiller dilaudid “whenever the opportunity arose,” [color=#2262cc]state records say [2]. in one three-month period, he signed out 245 syringes full of the drug — nine times the average of his fellow nurses.

    hospital officials reported him to wisconsin nursing regulators and alerted police.
    six months later, peske was charged with six felony counts of narcotic possession. but by that time, he had used a special “multistate” license to get a job as a traveling nurse at a hospital 1,200 miles away in new bern, n.c.

    “when i went to go for the job in north carolina, i looked at the status of my license and it was still active,” said peske, 36, who was later convicted of two felony drug charges. “that kind of surprised me, so i figured i would take it.”

    the ease of peske’s move illustrates significant gaps in regulatory efforts nationwide to keep nurses from avoiding the consequences of misconduct by hopping across state lines. ...
    troubled nurses skip from state to state under compact - propublica
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    Quote from herring_rn
    i don’t think the state can take action against the actual out of state license regardless of the impact on patient safety. for instance the statistically successful diversion programs many states have to help impaired nurses regain their licenses after treatment could only be used in the actual state of licensure. the only possible action to protect the public would be for the state where the offense occurred to attempt to revoke the compact license altogether.

    also in my state rns have the obligation and the right to advocate in the best interest of the patient. i some states nurses are expected to put the budget of the employer before what is best for patient care.
    and i feel guilty for being "off topic."
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    I am a compact RN with multiple license....We are finger printed, back ground check, credit check, child support check...on and on with our CHECKS. Sure some must fall fall thru the crack, but whose fault is that?
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    Quote from RN Zeke
    I am a compact RN with multiple license....We are finger printed, back ground check, credit check, child support check...on and on with our CHECKS. Sure some must fall fall thru the crack, but whose fault is that?
    Well, historically, it's because the NNU was not supported enough to oppose the compact. Most of us know the NNU as CNA opposed the compact. Since the union is always right, it must be because we have not participated enough to meet the union agenda. Too bad the patient suffers.
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    This post needs to be moved to a different thread. Responding and not having knowledge of compact requirements and union requirements should not happen. Good Bye!
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    This is the power of a labor union............... Sutter Tracy RNs Vote to Join CA Nurses Association | National Nurses United
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    Quote from laborer
    this is the power of a labor union............... sutter tracy rns vote to join ca nurses association | national nurses united
    "these include meal and break relief nurse positions to ensure that patients are safely cared for at all times," these are the type of things i would like to hear about unions. those things that actually help regular clinical nurses. the other issues listed in that article are less important to me.
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