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  1. Visit  -jt profile page
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by wildtime88:
    [B]yes jt. the people who authorize the checks we cash. the people who make the ultimate decisions on how much money we are really worth.

    if they say no to our demands then we let them continue to run the institutions 24 hours a day under a worse staffing situation than we left with. just how long do you think it would be before the physicians started crying out from working under those conditions.[quote]


    lets see... last year in Nyack, NY they kept it going for 151 days, in Worcester, MA it was about 7 weeks, in Stanford, CA & Flint, Michigan about 8 weeks, & Washinton DC a little more than 7 weeks. You just described a strike. And for the record, the MDs & hospitals were not crying. They had wonderful PR & media coverage about how great everything was going & it was all business as usual even without their own staff RNs. They paid exorbitant fees to hire scabs RNs from out of state who didnt care one bit about their profession or what their fellow nurses were doing to advance themselves...they only saw $$$$$ & happily sabotaged the RNs effort for as long as it took... & were paid handsomely for it. 3 strikes occurred at the same time in different parts of the country & there were RNs on waiting lists to get a scab assignment at them. There were plenty of scabs to go around. Its true that after it was all over, the striking RNs did win increases in salary & benefits, restrictions on mandatory ot, & staffing guidelines and/or ratios put in place. It took long strikes, with public pressure on the hospitals & the involvment of elected officials pressuring the hospitals to get agreements on those issues & end the strikes. At most places, just the threat of a strike is enough to come to an agreement on these things. But my point is dont think that just because we walk out for a day that will change anything nationwide. Its impossible to get all nurses to do it, others will be ready to jump up & grab the cash to stab you in the back & reduce the effect you have, & the hospitals can very easily sustain the effort. Just ask the NY RNs at a small rural community hospital who were on strike for 6 months last year.

    Are you aware that nurses all over Poland were on strike enmass & all the nurses in Ireland from coast to coast walked out last year & still that only got them a parlimentary hearing (theyre employer is the government)?

    I dont see anything different with your suggestion. Its still dependent on what others will do for us.... ie: your employer being responsive. And if he isnt, you just stay out on strike & wait? Doing nothing because you dont want to ask others for help????? I'd rather take that power away from my employer & put it into the hands of myself & my legislator who is working with me to create the laws that we need to prevent my employer from abusing us.
  2. Visit  rncountry profile page
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    And that is what the Million Nurse March is all about.
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    I wanted to post this that was written by Lavinia Dock, one of the nurses from our early history. She worked tirelessly for nursing and for womens rights. I believe I would have liked working with her.

    One of the differences between NAWSA and the Woman's Party lay in the way the members of each saw themselves. NAWSA women believed in being solid,knowledgeable, highly organized and diplomatic. Woman's Party members were more inclined to see themselves as warriors. Lavinia L. Dock of Pennsylvania, 60 years old, was an often-arrested member of the Woman's Party. She was a trained nurse, and had worked at the Henry Street Settlement in New York. In all, she served forty-three days in prison for her suffrage activities. Her article, reprinted here from the Woman's Party newspaper, gives a good sense of how many Woman's Party members saw themselves.


    The Young Are At The Gates


    If any one says to me: "Why the picketing for Suffrage?" I should say in reply, "Why the fearless spirit of youth? Why does it exist and make itself manifest?" Is it not really that our whole social world would be likely to harden and toughen into a dreary mass of conventional negations and forbiddances--into hopeless layers of conformity and caste, did not the irrepressible energy and animation of youth, when joined to the clear-eyed sham-hating intelligence of the young, break up the dull masses and set a new pace for laggards to follow?


    What is the potent spirit of youth? Is it not the spirit of revolt, of rebellion against senseless and useless and deadening things? Most of all, against injustice, which is of all stupid things the stupidest?


    Such thoughts come to one in looking over the field of the Suffrage campaign and watching the pickets at the White House and at the Capitol, where sit the men who complacently enjoy the rights they deny to the women at their gates. Surely, nothing but the creeping paralysis of mental old age can account for the phenomenon of American men, law-makers, officials,administrators, and guardians of the peace, who can see nothing in the intrepid young pickets with their banners, asking for bare justice but common obstructors of traffic, nagger'-nuisances that are to be abolished by passing stupid laws forbidding and repressing to add to the old junk-heap of laws which forbid and repress? Can it be possible that any brain cells not totally crystallized could imagine that giving a stone instead of bread would answer conclusively the demand of the women who, because they are young, fearless, eager, and rebellious, are fighting and winning a cause for all women--even for those who are timid, conventional, and inert?


    A fatal error--a losing fight. The old stiff minds must give way. The old selfish minds must go. Obstructive reactionaries must move on. The young are at the gates!


    LAVINIA DOCK
  4. Visit  rncountry profile page
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    what questions? I have thought I have answered what you are looking for, but obviously I haven't. Tell me again, and I will attempt to answer what you want. As far as the past wildtime, I do look to the past to learn its lessons. Both good and bad.
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    I post a challenge to all nurses that are unhappy with the nursing situation as it is.

    Quit working at the hospital you currently work at. Immediately sign on with an agency where you can work when you want, get paid excellent wages, and be happy...works for all of us...what would the hospitals and docs do then?
  6. Visit  Tim-GNP profile page
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    There is also a dark side to agency work, though. "We'll call you when we have work available." Which really means, on a Saturday afternoon, they call you at 2:20 p.m. to find out if you could be in "B.F.Egypt" for a 3-11 shift! The ones I have worked for don't deduct taxes [which really muddies water at the end of the year], and NONE of them, that I know of, give health benefits.

    Then, there is the mentality of the nursing staff at the facility you are placed at: "He's the agency nurse... he's making $36.00/hour... let him figure it out..." Heck with the fact that it could mean a patient not getting the care and services he/she needs.

    Some people love agency work [my friend Sue does it- makes a small fortune at it], but she is also married and her husband's insurance covers them both. Moral of the story, it isn't right for everyone.
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    Originally posted by Tim-GNP:
    There is also a dark side to agency work, though. "We'll call you when we have work available." Which really means, on a Saturday afternoon, they call you at 2:20 p.m. to find out if you could be in "B.F.Egypt" for a 3-11 shift! The ones I have worked for don't deduct taxes [which really muddies water at the end of the year], and NONE of them, that I know of, give health benefits.

    Then, there is the mentality of the nursing staff at the facility you are placed at: "He's the agency nurse... he's making $36.00/hour... let him figure it out..." Heck with the fact that it could mean a patient not getting the care and services he/she needs.

    Some people love agency work [my friend Sue does it- makes a small fortune at it], but she is also married and her husband's insurance covers them both. Moral of the story, it isn't right for everyone.
  8. Visit  Charles S. Smith, RN, MS profile page
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    Originally posted by Tim-GNP:
    There is also a dark side to agency work, though. "We'll call you when we have work available." Which really means, on a Saturday afternoon, they call you at 2:20 p.m. to find out if you could be in "B.F.Egypt" for a 3-11 shift! The ones I have worked for don't deduct taxes [which really muddies water at the end of the year], and NONE of them, that I know of, give health benefits.

    Then, there is the mentality of the nursing staff at the facility you are placed at: "He's the agency nurse... he's making $36.00/hour... let him figure it out..." Heck with the fact that it could mean a patient not getting the care and services he/she needs.

    Some people love agency work [my friend Sue does it- makes a small fortune at it], but she is also married and her husband's insurance covers them both. Moral of the story, it isn't right for everyone.
    agreed Tim..it is always best to research all the specifics about agencies, the work they do, the contract stipulations, the clients they have, what they expect, etc. etc. The caveat is "buyer beware". It is possible to have a very fulfilling bedside career as a supplemental staffer. The individual personality of the nurse plays a big role on success or failure too. I will be hosting a teleclass in the near future to address some of these key issues..Should be fun and interesting.

    regards
    chas
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    Originally posted by rncountry:
    [B] Woman's Party members were more inclined to see themselves as warriors. Lavinia L. Dock of Pennsylvania, 60 years old, was an often-arrested member of the Woman's Party. She was a trained nurse, and had worked at the Henry Street Settlement in New York. In all, she served forty-three days in prison for her suffrage activities. Her article, reprinted here from the Woman's Party newspaper, gives a good sense of how many Woman's Party members saw themselves:

    The Young Are At The Gates

    If any one says to me: "Why the picketing for Suffrage?" I should say in reply, "Why the fearless spirit of youth? Why does it exist and make itself manifest?" Is it not really that our whole social world would be likely to harden and toughen into a dreary mass of conventional negations and forbiddances--into hopeless layers of conformity and caste, did not the irrepressible energy and animation of youth, when joined to the clear-eyed sham-hating intelligence of the young, break up the dull masses and set a new pace for laggards to follow?
    What is the potent spirit of youth? Is it not the spirit of revolt, of rebellion against senseless and useless and deadening things? Most of all, against injustice, which is of all stupid things the stupidest?
    LAVINIA DOCK

    YES!! Lavinia Dock an outstanding nurse leader - and just one more feisty NY RN making a difference.

    " Miss Dock was active in the development of the American Nurses Association. In 1893, she became secretary of the American Society of Superintnedents of Training Schools for Nurses - which later became the
    American Nurses Association (ANA). She also functioned as an editor for the
    American Journal of Nursing. She was also involved in the development of
    the International Council of Nursing.

    Additional information can be obtained from a number of published
    biographical dictionaries.

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  10. Visit  Nacoya profile page
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    I'm all for joining nurses nationwide for creating change and believe we all need to join together as change agents in order for this to occur. It saddens me however, that the very reason we need to fight for change, oppression, continues even among our own, as evidence by some of the oppressive and negative comments read in a few of the responses. Interestingly, they are generally made by males! So I must say, if you don't want to join us please do step aside because there are some nurses who truly believe they are worth more than they get credit for. Instead of criticism, offer support or if your views or values differ, offer suggestions. Who knows, you may just have something worthwhile to say!

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