I'm been a staff nurse for 5 years. The hospital I work for has been unionized since I stated my career there. At this point, our union contract has expired and is currently being negotiated, which it has been for the past few months. In the middle of these negotiations, a new "independent" union has been formed by a handful of nurses at my hospital. There is an upcoming election allowing the nurses at our hospital to vote for our old union, this "independent" union or no union at all.
I'm still fairly inexperienced and I don't know the difference between working as a non-unionized nurse vs. the opposite. I know I don't want to risk working without representation because I can foresee the possible abuse hat a non-unionized nurse may go through.
I'm not going to ask this forum who to choose. I understand that's a decision I have to make for myself. I just want to know if there is anyone out there who has been through a similar situation and is willing to share that experience here with me.
Apr 27, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Years ago I would not have been so sure about a union.
Today......DON'T DUMP THE UNION.
Without knowing who represents you, it is difficult as to whether to go with the established Union or the new inexperienced nurses that might get eaten alive by administration. Is your present union run by nurses? If not have you asked a local nurses union to represent you? Have you checked with any national nurses unions like the NNU (National NUrses United). http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/
Last edit by Esme12 on Apr 27, '12