Quote from Rodoon
I lived and worked in a right to work state. Unions did try to organize and every single RN that went to the meetings were fired. All of them had to move out of the area in a greater than 200 mile radius to get a job. We worked low pay and higher patient loads as the norm and basically had no voice. If it ever got to a vote, I still don't think it would fly. Another poster suggested neocons would fight if from pulpits-true, but RN's somehow believe being in a union is UNPROFESSIONAL. I can't tell you the number of talks we had about it. (Notice I said talks not arguments) The number one thing I heard was--I went to college--or I'm not a blue collar worker, or if nurses were suppossed to be unionized the JCAHO would mandate it. Seriously, I envied the unionized nurses.
Teachers are almost 100% unionized. They ALL have at LEAST a Bachelors Degree, if not a Masters. If it is not professional for teachers to be unionized, and they amost are, why would it not be professional for nurses to be unionzed?
The diference is in the individuals who are attracted to teaching, and the individuals who are attracted to nursing. Potential nurses seem to have a universal, pathological, need to be needed. The difference is also is the philosphy between nursing and teaching.
Teachers are supported by each other and their governing bodies, and union organizers. New teachers are supported and nurtured in their early years. Nurses are thrown under the bus when they are beginning practitioners, and if they exhibit qualities of questioning authority, feelings of self worth, and the belief of self worth and of not allowing others to stamp all over them. That is the difference
Nurses are also fed the anti union nonsense from the get go. And they buy it hook line and sinker.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN,CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW