Strike nursing - page 2

by trulefty

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Just wanted to get some info on how some nurses only work strike positions. Are there enough out there to make a fairly routine salary? I currently work as a traveler and have thrown in a few strikes. Would like to do more,... Read More


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    I might get a scab if I trip, owwwchee!!!!
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    Wow, this is an interesting topic, though I am disappointed that it isn't more constructive in a place like this.
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    Ok, what is the alternative to strike nurses? If the nurses that are hired to take care of the patients are on strike, who do you suggest take care of the patients ? Shouldnt patient care be the top priority? Or do you think patients should be left to care for themselves during the strike? Confused here.
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    Quote from Carlyb
    Ok, what is the alternative to strike nurses? If the nurses that are hired to take care of the patients are on strike, who do you suggest take care of the patients ? Shouldnt patient care be the top priority? Or do you think patients should be left to care for themselves during the strike? Confused here.
    The first and best alternative is for the hospital to deal rationally with the nurses in bargaining so the strike never needs to happen. Without nurses willing to cross picket lines and the agencies that provide them, management might have to be reasonable. In all the recent strikes here the issue has been about management with very healthy bottom lines demanding cuts in workers' benefits - not workers making unreasonable demands.
    In the days before these scab agencies existed, hospitals would cancel elective procedures for several days before the strike, trnsfer patients who could be transferred and care for the remainder with managers and other non-union nursing staff. Also, the union in California - and likely other nurse unions too - always lets management know that if they have a patient they can't care for with the staff on hand they only have to ask and the union will send in a nurse to provide the needed care.
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    Quote from Chico David RN
    "lost their effectiveness"? Not my union. We've not only won major legal protections for nurses, but the best pay and benefits in the world.
    Interesting side bar: Today I was doing my insanely long commute home and heard an ad from Anthem (boo, hiss...) for their advice nurse line and it included the tag along the lines of "paying union comparable wages" -- they may be but only for so long as they have strong unions to oppose them... if the Reeps keep getting their union-busting ways (I personally boycott all things Wisconsin), watch compensation and working conditions spiral...
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    trulefty-I think if you supported your nursing colleages- in celebrating their gains for their contract and strength in solidarity., You wouldn't even be asking your original question, nor would you be bouncing around the country HOPING for your next paycheck and figuring out how to weather the dry spells of unemployement. If nursing stood together and KEPT their nose in other nurses job politics; there wouldn't be uphill battles trying to hold on to salaries, benefits, retirements, safety standards of practice and staffing regulations. There might even be a narrower bridge in salary range from state to state, in stead of nurses in the south making $15-20/ $30,000- $40,000/yr and Calif @$100,000/yr. With the number of nurses in this country- if we all stood with each other instead of some against - corporate healthcare would not have gained it's abusive power. This upper hand is dangerous to nursing practice- as we have all come to see with this strike in Sutter. Corporate healthcare IS controlling our practice through staffing numbers and disciplinary actions. This upper handed bullying cost a patient their life because an multimillion dollar BOOB/Ass++++ with no nursing knowledge, no Nursing or medical license gave the OK to hire a new inexperienced nurse( I'm sure this was not the only one on this assignment) from a nursing agency that he didn't check out for creditiblity,and didn't have a clue how to go about checking competency or even what the competencies were or should be - just "get me "x" # of nurses fast, the cheaper the better" and as a result, his poor judgement, poor leadership, lack of nursing knowledge and expertise caused a sentinel event that he will worm his way out of. He too is in way over his head. These MBA's( if he is even that) DO NOT belong in healthcare. This insident is a perfect example.
    If nurses stood together there would be no exploitation of a licensed inexperienced nurse(s) Shows all right there how corporate healthcare devalues the license of a nurse. This exploitation has happened more than with this strike. Look at all the complaints and posts here on this site of new grads and older nurses being terminated/fired for going to lunch, not reporting off, clocking out issues, not documenting in 300 places, and any other 'crack head charges' these ding-a-lings can think of. There wouldn't be so much job dissatisfaction. The patient/nurse ratios wouldn't be stretched to the limit. Nursing management would be held accountable for thier hiding in their office while these practice and staffing issues were occuring. Nurses wouldn't be handed early retirement packages at the ripe old age of 50(yes, I said 50 not 65). Corporate healthcare is ignoring the federal Labor laws (not just collective bargaining agreements but Federal Government Labor Laws). They are making this country unrecognizable, setting it back decades for their own personal greed and arrogance- they want to play God. Couldn't make it in med schoolor nursing so they are going to take the patient care decision making power away from those of us who did.
    Nursing would be treated like licensed professionals instead of "a dime a dozen" and we may even be able to get rid of the multi million dollar CEO and his board of mistrustee and board of dicktaters that are sucking the healthcare system's funds dry. Hospitals might not have to close due to lack of funds. One employee might not be collecting millions in a salary each year and that money could be put back into the healthcare sysytem. There may even be access to care when people have the begininning stages of illness instead of waiting for disease to progress to 'can't ignore' level. Your looking for strike work keeps feeding a very diseased greedy machine at a lot of peoples expense.
    The answer to this- Maybe MR CEO should learn how to get along with his co-workers(his nurses) and be a team player.
    No, Mr Fry, I don't live in California- I live on the opposite coast. We have your kind over here too - so fire me!!!!!!!!!! I work for the federal government- Mr Obama is my boss.
    Last edit by kcmylorn on Oct 2, '11
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    No. And for good reasons. Many many options have been exhausted to get to a strike. The nurses at these hospitals have struggled with their administration to ensure safe ratios and a voice in patient care. To maintain a professional environment to work that is based on evidence not just monetary factors.
    Those nurses had to tell their families they would not go to work and sacrificed that day's pay because they stood up for their profession. It is a difficult position and not easily made.
    In an ideal world all nurses would empathize with the solemn occasion of a strike.
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    It has been pretty consistent here in California for the strikes so I currently halted my travel assignments and currently only schedule myself for registry or master booking work that way I'm available to do them. They have been consistently striking every month so work is available.
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    ... your nose is growing
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    I work in a union LTC state facility. The CNAs and LPNs are in a union. Our CNAs start out at 14.50 and we LPNs start out at 22.50. We have a pension and the best benefits I've ever seen. In a 700+ bed facility, I've never once seen a ward run short nurses or aides. Not for a single shift. Ever. Paid holidays include veterans day, election day thanksgiving AND the day after, new years eve AND new years day, MLK day, presidents day plus more. If you work a holiday you get time and a half AND you can comp 12 hrs PTO into your bank. You better believe I'll strike and fight tooth and nail to defend every benefit I have! SHAME on any scabs who would try to cross a picket line. If we ever go on strike here, any aide or nurse who betrays us better watch their back.... They will reap what they sow.
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