Nurses have never used the power of public opinion to help them out. Teachers have done it since the beginning of time, and they always get what they want.
Research has finally been done, that proves that understaffing kills patients, and/or, leaves them with bad outcomes.
Why have nurses not printed up leaflets, stood in the front of the hospital, and educated the public about this? The public thinks that nurses are just whiny women (sorry guys!), and all we do is fluff pillow, and hand out water pitchers.
Nurses need to join together with the NNOC, and become a power to be reckoned with.
There is NO doubt in my mind, that hospitals are terrified of that very scenario ever coming about. They are terrified of the nurses finally taking control of our profession. It is the same actions, that was used in the South to keep the slaves under their control. Keep them uneducated, so they are trapped in the job they are in, with no reasonable chance to break away.
That is why hospitals do not want to pay nurses more for a BSN. If everyone got their BSN, we would ask for more money, like PT and OT did. In years past, when the norm was for nurses to be educated in a hospital diploma program, nurses were trapped. The only jobs available were hospitals, doctors offices, clinics, and schools
. Diploma nursing classes were not transferrable to a college, because they were not college credits. If a nurse wanted to go back to school for a BSN, they had to start with Nursing science 1A.
Nurses rarely went back to school with these impediments put in front of them. So nurses remaine, "barefoot and pregnant", being the lowest educated health care professionals in the hospitals. And that is the way hospitals want to keep it.
We need to beat them at their own game, by organizing en masse with the NNOC, and put ourselves in the front of health care.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Somewhere in the PACNW