Nurses at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla., Joins NNU - Page 4Register Today!
- Nov 21, '10 by OsceolaRNIn my case I had made it abundantly clear to the union punks that I did not wish to have anyone visit my home under any circumstances. Given that I live in a gated community, if someone would have knocked at my door and refused to leave IMMEDIATELY when asked to do so, the castle law would apply.
Our nurse tech was personally visited by one of the punks, and woke up only 30 minutes after falling asleep. When she asked through the door who was there she was told it was someone from the union at the hospital. She opened the door and told them she had just gone to bed and was not interested in talking. The punk put his foot in the door and said it would only take a few minutes to talk. Again, she said that she was not interested, and yet again he asked for a few minutes. When he finally moved his foot from the door she closed it, and the AH said through the closed door that he would be back on Thursday. Yeah...nothing threatening or intimidating about that!
Ask Ken Gladney how violent the SEIU can be.
- Nov 24, '10 by nicurn001Have watched the video , it does not show the beating of anybody , as in most cases like this only the aftermath of an alleged incident is shown .
From my searches I have been unable to find any details of the actual court case re. this incident and until or unless the charges are addressed in court we will not have a clear picture of what happened .
Simply for an opposing view of this event I provide this link http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/8/10/165718/484
- Dec 4, '10 by herring_RNmore florida nurses join nnu
the 250 registered nurses at fawcett memorial hospital in port charlotte, fla., voted earlier this week to join the national nurses organizing committee-florida, an affiliate of national nurses united ([color=#dd0011]nnu).
this the fourth group of florida rns working at a facility owned by the hospital corporation of america (hca) hospital system to join nnu in the past two weeks. rns at community hospital in new port richey, [color=#dd0011]central florida regional hospital, and [color=#dd0011]osceola regional medical center in kissimmee also voted for union representation.
at all four hospitals, the rns say they are seeking a stronger voice for better nurse-to-patient ratios, improved procedures for floating assignment of rns beyond their areas of clinical expertise and experience and improved economic standards, including better retirement security in pensions and medical coverage….
- Dec 4, '10 by Chico David RNAnd One More!
On Thursday, the nurses at Largo-Indian Rocks Medical Center voted to join NNU. That makes 5 Florida hospitals in this run. There's one more election to come next week and then more to follow in the next few months. I had to good fortune to spend the last few days of the campaign at Largo and there are some truly impressive nurse leaders there. The growth in Florida is truly exciting and will build the kind of legislative strength that will make it possible to pass a ratio law and other protections for nurses and patients in the years to come.
- Dec 15, '10 by Chico David RNQuote from freetopayattentionI know there are some, but don't know about the second part - I visited a couple of the hospitals there during the organizing process, but this union is an all-RN union so I did not get into real deep discussions with the LPNs.Are there LPN's working at these newly unionized facilities in Acute Care/Med-Surg etc? and how has their job duties changed over the last few years?
- Dec 16, '10 by RN4MERCYQuote from Chico David RNI did happen to engage in some meaningful discussions with some of the LVNs at two of the facilities that were organizing. They sure recognized the value of union representation, especially because they've faced situations where their employers have tried to have them work outside of their scope of practice! They realized that they were being asked to do the work and the tasks that are within the RNs' job accountability and responsibility, but they weren't being compensated fairly. Not only is this a wage equity issue, but it's a threat to patient safety and puts the LVN and RN license at risk.I know there are some, but don't know about the second part - I visited a couple of the hospitals there during the organizing process, but this union is an all-RN union so I did not get into real deep discussions with the LPNs.
LVNs are a valuable part of the nursing team and they contribute basic skills and services that promote patient well-being and comfort. However, hospitals try to substitute policies for practices that have no basis of support in the law. In other words, just because you "can" do something, doesn't mean that you're "licensed" under the law to do it. Conversely, just because you have a "license" doesn't necessarily mean you're "competent" to do certain tasks.
Hospitals like to promote "shared governance" and "we're-all-on-the-same team" schemes to fragment care. They use coercive power and threaten discipline or use subjective evaluations to compel compliance with policies that often constitute insulting and dangerous workarounds of staffing laws to obscure professional roles and accountability. Sharing and teamwork sounds like a good idea, but all the warm and fuzzy implications of that tend to disappear when a patient is harmed. Short of malpractice, when the "patient safety is everyone's business" scheme is unmasked, it's the RN who's held ultimately accountable for nursing care...not the housekeeper, the guest services coordinator or the CEO. Deliberate short-staffing is dangerous.
In response to longer hours, higher healthcare premiums, and more work for the same pay, a new generation of workers is seeking unions. Employees want a voice on the job to create new workplace standards that realize America’s image as 'the land of opportunity.' When unscrupulous employers fail to uphold labor standards for certain groups of workers, patients suffer the consequences. By driving down labor standards to the lowest common denominator, it becomes harder to enforce laws and standards.
That's why the freedom of workers to organize unions and bargain collectively with employers should be guaranteed and promoted. Unions are the very model of democracy in action and they provide job protection. Why should we have to fear for our jobs if we speak against or refuse to participate in legally questionable and unsafe hospital policies? Why should we be derided, singled out and targeted for not being "team players" or "champions" of coercive and shady management practices that put our careers and our patients at risk?
Work shouldn't hurt!