Million Nurse March Information - page 4

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Information about the Million Nurse March Board of Directors Michele Jansen RN Florida Helen Cook RN Michigan Cheryl Worden LPN Arkansas Ron Phelps RN BSN Virginia The MNM came into being as a discussion on a... Read More


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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?
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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.
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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.

    Library
    New York State Nurses Association
    11 Cornell Road
    Latham, NY 12110
    (518) 782-9400 x266
    (518) 782-9532 (fax)

    Join us in New York City for NYSNA's 100th Anniversary Celebration Nov 1 - 4, 2001
    and our 2001 Annual Convention to celebrate New York nurses from our past & present... NY nurses who made a difference for all and continue to do so... NY nurses like Miss Lavinia Dock..."


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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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