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Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation Questions 1)RN, LPN, or CNA? 2)Years as a nurse? 3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south... Read More

  1. by   buck227
    I am waiting for 100 replies or 30 days and I will compile all of the Data. Thanks to all who are participating. Anytime you get a group of people to work together, you accomplish wonderful things.
  2. by   GingerJ
    Questions
    1)RN
    2)Years as a nurse?-5yrs
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)-Alaska
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?-who couldn't use more?
    5)with your benefits?-yes
    6)your hours?-yes
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?-some supervisors no, my manager yes
    8)Do you trust your employer?-most of the time
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?-we have a nursing education dept.
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?-yes
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?-yes
    12)How often do you get a break at work?-most of the time
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?-days
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?-1
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?-for, we have an excellent union
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?-none it would be the nurses and managements job to see that it doesn't come to that
    17)any other comments

  3. by   Suzerrn
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN
    2)3
    3)Midwest
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay? NO!!
    5)with your benefits? NO!!
    6)your hours? Yes
    7)My supervisor just resigned...Motherless..again!
    8)Do you trust your employer? NO
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept Yes...excellent
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse? Definately
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime? Yes
    12)How often do you get... a WHAT?
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate? Days
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year? Every other, plus whatever else I can
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area? Unsure
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down? Yes.
    17)any other comments..Shortage has got me real worried!

    Please respond on this thread. I think it is important for us to understand each others work situation as nurses and to get a feel for what is going on in other areas of the country and world. Thanks to all for your time,

    buck
  4. by   -jt
    Originally posted by buck227:
    [ We do not do work slow-downs.
    That is illegal.
    By slow downs I mean intentionally staying late to finish paperwork or prolonging report. Anything to increase the cost to the company. It is a dirty trick, but it hits them in the pocket book. I would never suggest any tactic that would harm a patient. I believe that the patient always deserves your best efforts regardless of how you feel about your employer. It is the patient we are truely serving, not the company. At the end of everyday you should reflect on what you did to make someones life better. :-)
    buck
    [/QUOTE]


    ok but Still no to a work slow-down....theyd never even feel the hr OT & I'd just be making myself suffer by not getting out on time...I'd rather picket - a picket costs them more in public relations alone & that has a far more reaching effect than an hr ot paid out. And if worse comes to worse, theres always the cost associated with a strike - Much more effective than a slow down. A slow down just prolongs the agony & the inevitable. But I'd do any other kind of labor activity from rallies, marches, talking to reporters etc, to increase the pressure & try to make them move without having to strike to do it...but if push comes to shove...out the door, baby.
  5. by   challis
    1 - Enrolled Nurse but studying to be a Registered Nurse

    2 - 6 years

    3 - Work in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia

    4 - Could always be better

    5 - We dont really get "benefits" as such like you guys in the USA.

    6 - I work 8 hour shifts

    7 - My immediate superviser - yes.

    8 - No

    9 - Yes

    10 - sometimes

    11 - no

    12 - Try and take my breaks but sometimes shortages of staff dont allow us to have our breaks. Management just seems to accept this as mandatory work practice even if we complain. Even though we dont get paid for our 1/2 hour meal break, the hospital just expects up to work through it whenever it suits them.

    13 - I work rotating shifts

    14 - Not many. I usually choose to work the holidays as I need the extra money that the shift penalties bring. Its no excuse for notspending time with my family, but I need the money to pay for my university education.....

    15 - We have a nurses union here in my state, The NSW Nurses Association, which is pretty weak but its good to know its there if I need the legal help.

    16 - Ive always been a union member.

  6. by   buck227
    This is going great, keep going!
  7. by   sonnie

    1)RN
    2)13
    3)Pacific North West
    4)yes
    5)pretty much
    6)yes
    7)exceptionally
    8)yes
    9)yep, that would be me
    10)yes very much
    11)No
    12)a 30 minute lunch and 1-2 15 minute breaks
    13)nights, but because of my other jobs can be found at work at any time
    14)we get every other holiday off and try to give staff either the night before christmas and new years if they have to work the "holiday"
    15)against
    16)no I feel it is unethical to hold patients hostage like the teachers hold our children hostage with their strikes
    17) Since I am a working nursing supervisor it is my job to make sure people take their breaks, but that is the problem, sometimes people won't take a break.

  8. by   lsmo
    1)RN
    2)16
    3). North East/MICHIGAN
    4) NO
    6)SOMEWHAT
    7)SOMEWHAT
    8)RARELY
    9)BARELY/DRASTIC CUTS
    10)LOVE IT WHEN I CAN DO IT PROPERLY/REASONABLY
    11)YES, SADLY
    12)OCCASIONALLY
    13)THREE 12 HOUR DAYS/WEEK
    14)3
    15)FOR
    16)YES IF NECESSARY
    17) LIVING IN TODAY'S WORLD, I BELIEVE IF ALL NURSES BELONGED TO A UNION. WE COULD DEFINITELY IMPROVE OUR TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT AND WORKING CONDITIONS COLLECTIVELY. HOWEVER, MY ULTIMATE IDEAL WOULD BE TO SEE US FORM OUR OWN BUSINESSES, THAT WOULD CONTRACT NURSING SERVICES TO THE HOSPITALS. FOR EXAMPLE, ALL OBSTETRICAL SERVICES WOULD BE PROVIDED BY THE NURSE-OWNED BUSINESS.. IF A PROFIT WAS MADE, THE NURSES WHO STAFFED THE UNIT VIA THE CONTRACT WOULD RECEIVE THE CASH. AS AN INDEPENDENT GROUP, NURSES COULD COMMAND SOME HEALTHY BENEFIT PACKAGES AND DO A BETTER JOB OF MANAGING THEIR UNITS...WHEN WE ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE INSTITUTIONS WE SERVE--WE STRUGGLE TO HAVE THE NEEDED CONTROL OF OUR PRACTICE AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT.

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    L.Smo RN

    [This message has been edited by lsmo (edited March 29, 2001).]
  9. by   ornurse2001
    Originally posted by buck227:
    Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA?
    2)Years as a nurse?
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location)
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay?
    5)with your benefits?
    6)your hours?
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job?
    8)Do you trust your employer?
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently?
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse?
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime?
    12)How often do you get a break at work?
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate?
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year?
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    17)any other comments

    Please respond on this thread. I think it is important for us to understand each others work situation as nurses and to get a feel for what is going on in other areas of the country and world. Thanks to all for your time,

    buck
    1&2)LPN/12 years - RN/6mos.
    3)Misery; also known as Missouri
    4)pay is OK, would welcome more of course
    5)lousy insurance,otherwise OK
    6)8 hr shifts/mon-fri-6am to 2:30pm, but may switch to 10 hr shifts 4 days/week-no week-ends
    7)no
    8)sometimes
    9)yes, but inservice education for employess is nil right now-small community supported hospital-much community education going on-poor medicaid/medicare reimbursement, you know......
    10)love being a nurse
    11)OT discouraged
    12)sometimes too many
    13 & 14)I work Mon-Fri.6am-2:30pm-about 10-12 days of 24 hour surgery call per month-don't usually work holidays unless an emergency surgery while on-call
    15 & 16) no desire for a union here, but understand why other places may need one
    17)In reading these other posts, I think I will delay that prospective job change !

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  10. by   psychnurse991
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by buck227:
    [B]Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RPN
    2)2.5 years
    3)Northern Ontario Canada
    4)Job#1 yes I'm satisfied with my pay but Job #2 only pays half of Job#1
    5)benefits? what are benefits?
    6)yes my hours are fine
    7)Job#1 a monkey with an arm tied behind his back could do better, Jbb#2 she's great
    8)Job#1-it's the government...need I say more? Job#2yes I do
    9)Job#1 has one but job#2 doesn't
    10)yes I do but it has it's moments
    11)no mandatory overtime...no mandatory number of shifts I work either
    12)I take 2 union designated breaks and lunch and supper
    13)rotate
    14) All of them
    15)Job#1 has a union but I don't feel they do much for me...I support them however.
    16)Work slow down or picket maybe but not to strike...patients are the ones who suffer cause of the union
    17)nope

  11. by   cmggriff
    1)RN
    2)17
    3)US NW
    4)No
    5)yes
    6)Full time
    7)Yes
    8)somewhat
    9)No
    10)yes
    11)No
    12)I work in ER. Breaks occur or not according to patient demands.
    13)Nights
    14)All of them
    15)I am for and am in a union.
    16)Unequivically.
    17)I have done a lot of things over the years to earn a living. I have never enjoyed anything as much as nursing. But I have never felt we were paid appropriately for what we do.
  12. by   Charles S. Smith, RN, MS
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by buck227:
    [B]Please respond to this on this thread so we can all learn about each others situation

    Questions
    1)RN, LPN, or CNA? RN
    2)Years as a nurse? 32 years in healthcare, 26 as RN
    3)Area (i.e. U.S. NE, N central, NW, Se, S central, south west, Arkansas, or other country or location) Virginia
    4) Are you satisfied with your pay? Absolutely, I create my own
    5)with your benefits? Absolutely, I create my own
    6)your hours? The best...I choose my hours to perform clinical nursing
    7)Do you believe your supervisor is competent at his or her job? I am my supervisor, so, yes...
    8)Do you trust your employer? Again, yes, I am self employed
    9)Does your institution have a nursing education Dept, or has it been cut recently? Our company has a strong education component
    10)Do you enjoy being a nurse? The best decision I ever made
    11)Does your employer have mandatory overtime? Nope, I work as many or as few hours as i choose
    12)How often do you get a break at work? As work permits
    13)Do you work Days, nights, or rotate? Nights
    14) How many Holidays did you spend with your family or signifigant other over the last year? I am single with no family so I choose to work holidays to give others opportunity to celebrate with their children, families
    15)Are you for or against the idea of a nurses union in your area?
    16)If you were in a union, would you be willing to strike,picket,or have a work slow down?
    17)any other comments

    I will compress 15, 16, 17 into one comment.
    There has been a need for collective bargaining in certain areas of the country with specific population demographics. I do not discount the historical need for collective bargaining. I challenge the mindset, however, that there must be a legislated, adversarial relationship between management and staff. Nurses have traditionally been directed in most all aspects of their careers and have taken directions well. It is time now for nurses to begin enacting a more self directed approach to individual and collective nursing careers. Nurses must move from the employee role to a more professional model...independent and group practices. I founded such a group in Richmond, VA and it is successful. Based on expert practice and the collective stellar reputations of our group partners, we enjoy a level of success unknown to any of us previously. Most importantly, though, we are moving forward and testing waters that are new, exciting, innovative and creative. We are stretching ourselves to learn new things, experiment, grow and are enjoying the personal and group challenges and the success that comes with the challenges. We are entrepreneurial. In my view, the only real change our nursing profession should make and sustain is to change the work mode for professional nurses...move into entrepreneurial professional practice groups. If you want more information, contact me directly via our website or my email listed under my profile above.
    regards to all
    chas

  13. by   buck227
    Thats great

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