Nursing Unions...what are the downsides? - page 3

The hospital that I am interested in working at after graduation has a nurse's union. When I happened to mention it to a friend of mine who is currently an RN at a different hospital, she said she would never work where there is... Read More

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    Quote from tyvin
    $40 a week making the monthly dues $160 ten years ago............I've worked in 3 states and been a union member in all of them and the highest dues I paid is what I'm paying now which is $48 a month. What state is this that the nursing union is able to charge that much?

    As far as dues is concerned I don't mind paying to support my union. With the wage they've been able to negotiate for me the dues is a drop in the bucket.

    FYI; nursing unions are not patient advocates; they are advocates for the nurse who is the member.
    I would only disagree with that last part. The biggest reason that my union has been as successful as we have is that we are constantly aware that advocating for the nurse and advocating for the patient should be the same thing. Looked at broadly what is good for the nurse is good for the patient and vice versa. If we ever find ourselves thinking the interest of the nurse is different and that we need to subordinate the patient well being to advocate for the nurse then it's time to think again
    Jarnaes, lindarn, and herring_RN like this.

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    Quote from Chico David RN
    I would only disagree with that last part. The biggest reason that my union has been as successful as we have is that we are constantly aware that advocating for the nurse and advocating for the patient should be the same thing. Looked at broadly what is good for the nurse is good for the patient and vice versa. If we ever find ourselves thinking the interest of the nurse is different and that we need to subordinate the patient well being to advocate for the nurse then it's time to think again
    This is true; if one is happy so shall be etc... I believe you took my statement literally; which it was not meant to be. I could have taken the other statement literally as well; oh well..........I argree completely.
    Chico David RN likes this.


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