Nurses crossing picket lines?? - page 6

My friend, who is an experienced travel RN, is thinking about taking a job where she will make $5,000 a week pay, but she has to go to another state and cross a picket line to get to work. I know a... Read More

  1. by   nightingale
    ----for the Enlightened man is capable of perceiving both unity and multiplicity without the least contradiction between them-----
    Last edit by nightingale on Jul 10, '04 : Reason: to lighten up
  2. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from zenman
    Do hospitals carry strike insurance? If so, they may not lose by much.
    The hospitals in CA do have strike insurance.
  3. by   rnjeffrey
    I beleve that crossing the picket lines is justified at times. Sorry, I have worked in ERs for over 8 years. I took an oath to help out my fellow humans. So if I am working in my ER and do not cross that picket line, am I not endangering possible patients. What will happen to that patient who will go to another hospital and now that they are out of the timeframe to treat a stroke.

    However, if I was a clinic nurse- I would support a picket line then.

    Everything is gray since I grew up, no more black and white. Jusy MHO
  4. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from DC2RN
    This attitude is a real life changer. It makes you immune to a lot of crap. If things get bad or abusive, you LEAVE! Just make sure you have something lined up before you go. It is the hottest nursing market in years and projected to get better. You will NOT have a problem getting another job. I always work with one foot out the door of the facility where I work.

    My attitude shift occured after my first job. I had a miserable tyrant for a boss. I tried so hard to please everyone, and in the end I ended up downsized after an office reorganization. You know what? The sun came up the next day! I found another job. And soon after I reallized the layoff was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was ashamed that I allowed myself to be treated that way.

    I don't understand why nurses put up with so much nonsense from management, when a great job is just up the street. You are a free agent in a sellers market. You have the power! If more nurses would put up with less crap, management would not dare try to dish it out!

    I took this approach when I lived in an area where nursing jobs were plentiful. However, I now live in a n area where it is really hard to get a job- there is a surplus of nurses in my area. We moved here becaue my dh got a fantastic life-changing job offer, or we wouldn't be here.

    Employers here can get away w/ treating nurses very badly. I have lived here for two years, and am at my 5th job. I have quit four nursing jobs because of illegal and unethical treatment of nurses. By illegal, I mean refusal to pay for overtime if it was not pre-approved, refusal to pay for treatment for on the job injuries, firing of pregnant staff, because they were pregnant, firing of injured employees, and totally dangerous and inrealistic pt loads. I live in a right-to-work state. I have contacted the DOL and a lawyer over treatment I received from one employer here, but employers have carte blanche to pretty much do whatever they want to here.

    I would kill to have a nurses' union to join.
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Jul 10, '04
  5. by   teeituptom
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    I took this approach when I lived in an area where nursing jobs were plentiful. However, I now live in a n area where it is really hard to get a job- there is a surplus of nurses in my area. We moved here becaue my dh got a fantastic life-changing job offer, or we wouldn't be here.

    Employers here can get away w/ treating nurses very badly. I have lived here for two years, and am at my 5th job. I have quit four nursing jobs because of illegal and unethical treatment of nurses. By illegal, I mean refusal to pay for overtime if it was not pre-approved, refusal to pay for treatment for on the job injuries, firing of pregnant staff, because they were pregnant, firing of injured employees, and totally dangerous and inrealistic pt loads. I live in a right-to-work state. I have contacted the DOL and a lawyer over treatment I received from one employer here, but employers have carte blanche to pretty much do whatever they want to here.

    I would kill to have a nurses' union to join.

    Nursing unions

    an active exercise in the dictatorship of mediocrity
  6. by   husker-nurse
    The thoughts expressed in the many posts to this thread prove one thing; that there are many Nurses out there fueled with passion. Some are quite eloquent with words and some only expressing their views, whichever they may be. We appear to be in our profession for the good of the patient, and not for the almighty $$$! Do you see how strong we could be if we put our collective intelligence together for the greater good? Let the hospitals who employ us see that what we ask for is for the good of our patients; for the most part, a HAPPY Nurse is a GOOD Nurse!
  7. by   teeituptom
    I certainly agree with the above with one exception


    A well paid Nurse is a happy nurse


    And I am very Happy


    and I love strike pay
  8. by   husker-nurse
    Unless I am mistaken, Tom, you have probably never recieved strike pay, which is a union-issued weekly check that is paid to striking members of a union..........
  9. by   teeituptom
    Quote from husker-nurse
    Unless I am mistaken, Tom, you have probably never recieved strike pay, which is a union-issued weekly check that is paid to striking members of a union..........

    Too me stike pay is that big money I get for crossing the strike lines, just depends on your point of view, I guess.
  10. by   DC2RN
    Quote from teeituptom
    Too me stike pay is that big money I get for crossing the strike lines, just depends on your point of view, I guess.
    Yes, but a nurse crossing the strike lines is a working nurse, and a working nurse is not a nurse playing golf, and a nurse not playing golf is an unhappy nurse.

    Therefore, a nurse crossing the picket line is an unhappy nurse.

    Sometimes you need to use the tools of logic and reason to figure some of this stuff out!!!
  11. by   husker-nurse
    DC2RN, your logic is hillarious! You might consider teaching a course in "Thinking Outside the Box"!
  12. by   zenman
    Posted by DC2RN: Yes, but a nurse crossing the strike lines is a working nurse, and a working nurse is not a nurse playing golf, and a nurse not playing golf is an unhappy nurse.

    Therefore, a nurse crossing the picket line is an unhappy nurse.

    Sometimes you need to use the tools of logic and reason to figure some of this stuff out!!!
    It's logical that a nurse going to work is unhappy...I'm off tonight...therefore I'm happy!
  13. by   eddy
    Old topic, new flames, same result.... nothing. :chuckle

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