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  1. 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
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  2. 76 Comments

  3. by   buck227
    1)RN
    2)5
    3)South Central US
    4)not totally dissatisfied with pay, but wish it was about twice what I make now
    5)Benefits satisfactory.
    6)12 hour shifts are too long.
    7)Supervisor marginally competent at best
    8)I do not trust my employer
    9)We have a education Dept but it is understaffed and does not provide any teaching above the bare minimum
    10)I love being a nurse
    11)Mandatory overtime every other week. 3-12s one week, 4 the next
    12)Rarely get breaks, occasionally get to go on 30 minute lunch break in 12 hour period.
    13)Nights
    14)1- Thanksgiving. Worked Christmas and New Years
    15)for unions
    16)Against strikeing because it could hurt patients, but I would be willing to take other actions such as picket or work slowdown.
    17)
  4. by   kelligirl
    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
  5. by   JennieBSN
    1.RN
    2. four
    3. southeast
    4. no
    5. yes
    6. yes
    7. no
    8. NO!
    9. yes
    10. most definitely
    11. nope
    12. what's a break?
    13. half of them
    14. against...and please, y'all, don't argue with me about this.
    15. no
    16. don't know
    17. I love my job, love my co-workers (for the most part), but find my managers ineffective, clueless boobs.
  6. by   LLDPaRN
    1) RN
    2) 6.5 years
    3) Northeastern US
    4) Could be better
    5) Went per diem so no benefits
    6) Yes--total control of my schedule
    7) Not really
    8) No, not by a long shot!
    9) We have clinical educators who are overworked
    10) Yes!
    11) Yes but they only use it as a last resort (so they claim)
    12) Recently have been getting lunch breaks
    13) Days
    14) Worked Thanksgiving, off Xmas and NY
    15) For..I think they could give us more leverage
    16) Not sure about a strike...would consider other measures as long as the patients would be taken care of
    17) I'm in an NP program and looking forward to moving into advanced practice. I like being a nurse but would not stay in it as a bedside nurse
  7. by   kewlnurse
    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. RN
    2. 3
    3. North east, aka. hell
    4. NO
    5. marginally
    6. NO I wnat 12 hour shift, working 5 days a week sucks
    7. Very competent, can't say that about other managers though
    8. Never trust "The Man"
    9. yes
    10. Love it
    11. no
    12. occasionally
    13. evenings
    14. Family gatherings are nauseating and end in arguments, try to work most major holidays
    15. In a union now and it sux,
    16. no
    17. uhhh, hello?

  8. by   adellisrn
    1, RN
    2, 1yr
    3, Ontario, CA
    4, yes
    5, yes
    6, most times
    7, NO
    8, NO
    9, We do and it is OK
    10, I LOVE IT
    11, no
    12, on a 12 hr shift 3 breaks
    13, rotate
    14, 1
    15, For most times
    16, I do not know it I would strike, it would depend on what it is for.
  9. by   Jacci59
    1. RN
    2. 40 yrs
    3. South East
    4. could be better
    5. Have none, am part time
    6. Too many short days. Would prefer long days and less of them.
    7. NO !!
    8. NO !!
    9. No
    10. Yes, Love it !!!
    11. No
    12. Rarely
    13. Days
    14. All of them
    15. no opinion
    16. No
    17. I work part time in home health. There are many days that I work only 4 or 5 hrs. Would like to see more organization sothat I could do a full days work 2-3 days a week, instead of 4 to 5 days a week just a few hrs a day.
  10. by   mlvogt
    1. cna and nursing student
    2. five years as a cna
    3. pacific northwest
    4. yes
    5. yes
    6. yes
    7. yes
    8. no they are nothing but liars
    9. yes, but being cut back
    10.yes, I love my work
    11.no mandatory ot but lots of voluntary ot with plenty of guilt trips
    12.usually one break in 8 hours
    13.swing shift
    14.had two holidays off in one year
    15.against the union
    16 no
    17.the management at the hospital i work at generally suck. All they care about is how they look on paper. forget real life and staffing issues.
  11. by   Sunshine55
    1) LPN
    2) 13 years
    3) Was upstate New York; now residing in Florida
    4) Okay. Unhappy everytime I made a career move experience counted for nothing. I always started at the bottom of the pay scale. This does not happen in the corporate world.
    5) Good benefits with the county and state
    6) Would always prefer days, Monday-Friday.
    7) Most of my supervisors have been excellent.
    8) Very leary.
    9) County and state did.
    10) Yes.
    11) There have been times; but, it usually rotated amongst the staff.
    12) Most of the time I received breaks.
    13) I've worked every shift except rotation.
    14) Worked most holidays
    15) Belonged to CSEA...better with than without.
    16) Slow down
    17) Once a co-worker and I voluntarily scheduled to work 2 - 16 hour shifts with 8 hours off in between. All staff called in on our off shift. We were unable to find replacements and were required to remain. We worked in a group home for developmentally and physically disabled children and young adults. Security staff arrived at the home to allow us to sleep and periodically woke us up to make rounds and pass meds. Replacement staff was found for what would have been our 4th shift.
  12. by   nurs4kids
    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. RN
    2. 6
    3. Southeast
    4. Who is?
    5. Yes
    6. No
    7. Yes, very
    8. Not exactly
    9. Yes, we have one
    10. I love it!
    11. No, but I fear it's coming.
    12. Pretty regular
    13. Nights
    14. About half of them
    15. Not sure
    16. Absolutely would not strike and leave my patients w/o proper care.
    17. After reading the posts by others, I conclude that we've got it pretty good here

  13. by   2ndCareerRN
    1. RN
    2. 8
    3. South Central
    4. Does a pig fly?
    5. Don't have benefits (my choice)
    6. Yes
    7. Yea right, not on her best day!
    8. See question 4
    9. Of course it does, does nothing.
    10.More than you can imagine
    11.No
    12.What is this break thing?
    13.Weekend days.
    14.Off Thanksgiving, worked others.
    15.For
    16.Would strike only as a last resort.
    17.Do I get my prize now?
  14. by   bestblondRN
    1. RN
    2. 18 as RN, 5 as NA
    3. North Central
    4. somewhat
    5. not entirely
    6. yes
    7. she's new, so the jury is still out
    8. not really--very "corporate"
    9. yes, but not very productive
    10. yes--I love it
    11. it's a written policy, but never used
    12. erratically--sometimes I feel like I need a foley and a leg bag!
    13. every weekend 7a-7p, and 2 evening shifts a week (my choice)
    14. 2/6
    15. I would be pro-union if it were created for the purpose of improving patient care and working conditions for staff
    16. tough question--I think it would be ethically difficult for me to strike as long as there were patients that required care. On the other hand, I think nursing has to do something to make administrators, legislators and the general public wake up and smell the coffee!
    17. This is a great thread--glad someone took the time to ask these questions

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