I'm wondering if there are certain states that have union nursing...or is it by region, metropolitan area, or what. I've googled it but can't find a website that has info on it.
It seems from many of the posts that for purposes of salary and job security...union is the way to go.
Some of the threads have been about nurses making (what appear to be)bogus, malicious, and otherwise false complaints to BONs or managements. I've looked at some of the laws governing nurses in various states, and it doesn't appear that there is much recourse for the accused. I can't imagine working in a profession in which I always have to be concerned about this.
I've really become somewhat concerned. This profession seems to be one in which people are really out to get you. Am I correct?? And if so, a union comes in handy.??
I have worked hard for the past few years...working and going to school for my pre-reqs. I'm really beginning to wonder about the people in this profession. I certainly don't want to work in a consistently hostile environment!!!
Life is too short!!
If you're looking for a union state, California is the best place to be. The California Nurses' Association is probably the biggest nurses' union but, there are others as well.
From what I can tell, unions used to be more prevalent in the northern part of the state, especially the Bay Area but, there's lots of hospitals in Southern California that have gone union in just the last five years. Union hospitals actually outnumber non-union hospitals in my area but, that wasn't the case five years ago.
IMO, unions won't prevent hostile environments but, they do help protect your job in the event that the environment is or becomes hostile.
Last edit by Sheri257 on Jan 24, '07