New national nurses union forms - page 20

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A new national union of up to 154,000 registered nurses was created in Phoenix today, replacing one of the most aggressive nurse unions in the industry and combining its membership with two other nurse-only labor groups to form... Read More


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    I'm just wondering if there is any direct care RN left out there who might be unsure about the benefits of belonging to the largest all RN union and professional association in the country? The formation of National Nurses United is really positive and significant news for the profession of nursing and the patients we serve. NNU was founded by RN organizations throughout the country who want to pursue to pursue a more powerful agenda of collective patient advocacy that promotes the interests of patients, direct care nurses, and RN professional practice.

    Of course we advocate for our patients everyday at the bedside, but in these times it's really important that our strong, collective and unified voice as advocates is heard in the state and federal legislatures. Together we will be working to secure passage of state and national legislation for RN staffing ratios and other basic protections for RNs and patients, and meaningful healthcare reform based on a single excellent standard of care for all. Also we will stand united to expose and block hospital industry efforts to undermine RN professional practice in legislatures, regulatory agencies, boards of nursing and at the bedside.

    In a nutshell that means we're fighting for "RATIOS, RIGHTS, AND REPRESENTATION". It's not a dream, it's legislation that was introduced last May by Senator Barbara Boxer: S1031 "The National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act". Nurses can read all about it here.
    Legislative Purpose

    To address the nationwide shortage of hospital direct-care registered nurses; provide minimum safe patient protection standards — such as safe staffing ratios — for short-term and long-term acute-care hospitals in the United States; protect direct care registered nurse as patient advocate, create registered nurse education grants, and living stipends to recruit and retain direct-care registered nurses.

    To create a hospital nursing service environment that will immediately attract new RNs and provide the foundation for ultimate restoration of the hospital direct RN workforce; and

    To establish clearly defined, legally protected and enforceable duties and rights to direct-care registered nurses as advocates exclusively for the interests of patients.
    Whistleblower protections that encourage patients, RNs and other healthcare workers to notify government and private accreditation entities of suspected unsafe patient conditions that will greatly enhance the health, welfare, and safety of patients.

    The essential principles of staffing in the acute-care hospital settings must be based on patient’s individual acuity and needs; severity of conditions; services needed; and complexity surrounding those services.
    It's a beautiful thing, and it's about time!
    Last edit by XB9S on Jan 8, '10 : Reason: Removing reference to deleted post
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    lets cut the personal fingerpointing out....

    surely as professionals we can discuss topics without namecalling and divisive posting ---best debaters never loose their cool......


    nor violate our terms of service .


    thread closed for review after i get some shuteye.
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    i started the nursing activism/ healthcare politics forum in 2001 to help empower nurses in the political process. understand/negotiate workplace issues along with promoting professional growth.





    please read our terms of service. reopening thread after removal of several posts...further deteioration will result in thread closure....not what we want with such an important topic.


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    [color=#333333]helen thomas honored at nnu staff nurse assembly:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozuxq...ext=1&index=63
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    Quote from RN4MERCY
    I'm just wondering if there is any direct care RN left out there who might be unsure about the benefits of belonging to the largest all RN union and professional association in the country? The formation of National Nurses United is really positive and significant news for the profession of nursing and the patients we serve. NNU was founded by RN organizations throughout the country who want to pursue to pursue a more powerful agenda of collective patient advocacy that promotes the interests of patients, direct care nurses, and RN professional practice.

    Of course we advocate for our patients everyday at the bedside, but in these times it's really important that our strong, collective and unified voice as advocates is heard in the state and federal legislatures. Together we will be working to secure passage of state and national legislation for RN staffing ratios and other basic protections for RNs and patients, and meaningful healthcare reform based on a single excellent standard of care for all. Also we will stand united to expose and block hospital industry efforts to undermine RN professional practice in legislatures, regulatory agencies, boards of nursing and at the bedside.

    In a nutshell that means we're fighting for "RATIOS, RIGHTS, AND REPRESENTATION". It's not a dream, it's legislation that was introduced last May by Senator Barbara Boxer: S1031 "The National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act". Nurses can read all about it here.
    It's a beautiful thing, and it's about time!
    Direct care RN here who is fairly well convinced that the national union, is not a very good idea. Since any rational discussion which is anti-union will be edited or deleted, that is all I have to say.
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    Quote from Woodenpug
    Direct care RN here who is fairly well convinced that the national union, is not a very good idea. Since any rational discussion which is anti-union will be edited or deleted, that is all I have to say.
    I have found that all discussion has been allowed to carry on within the TOS , so if past contributions have been effected as you describe , then look in the mirror you will see the cause of the edits / deletions .The moderators try not to get in the way of discussion upon these threads .If this forum had a overt bias it would have failed long ago .
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    Was surfing around this site and found this- it would be interesting to get some up dated opinnions on 2 yr old thread. The NNU seems to have pick up some power and made some strides.
    The NNU was a very bold and brave step.
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    Short form update: both on the organizing front and on the political/social movement front, NNU has been pretty active. More members in more states, including places like Texas and Florida that have hardly been hotbeds of union activity. Making substantial inroads into some of the big for-profit hospital chains, which is important, both because they are widespread and because they tend to oppress their nurses pretty badly.
    I'd say the biggest disappointment is that the progress toward true unity and integration have come a little slower than I might have hoped. While we are unified in many ways, there is still an understanable reluctance of some states to give up autonomy and move toward true integration. It will come, but not as fast as some of us might have dreamed.
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    I think National Nurses United is a great idea! Nurses across the country see how smart it is to have nurse to patient ratios that are based on nursing judgement not the hospital's bottom line. I work in CA and have had so many travelers tell me that they won't go back to 8 or more to 1 on the floors or 4 or more to 1 on step down or 3 to 1 in the ICU. They get that safe staffing saves lives and saves our sanity and RN licenses. Pushing for proper nurse to patient ratios is just one thing NNU does. And you can see that they have been successful by looking at the contract the HCA Florida RNs just got.
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