Curious about the impending strike - page 2

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    My husband (not a nurse) has worked for union and non-union shops...so I definitely know the issues and I would not cross a picket line for the reasons stated above. However, I am very curious as to who actually cares for the patients during a strike? Administrators? Doctors? Nursing Assistants? Just curious.

    And another question...how long do nursing strikes generally last?
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    Strike lengths vary. I have heard of strikes lasting a month. To those lasting over a year.

    As to who takes care of the patients, most of the time, traveling nurses come in to care for the patients while the strike is going on. This is especially important in the critical care, ER areas, etc, where it is vital that an actual nurse, with experience in these areas care for the patients. On the general floors, while they do get some travel nurses to fill in, I have seen the administrators take to the floor to do the work. This is not always ideal since many of them have not worked at the bedside for many years, but unfortunately it is necessary.

    Nursing assistants are not usually involved in the same strike as the nurses, so they can continue doing their job as usual. Physicians are also usually not affected, except for the fact that they have to do less surgeries, etc, since there are not as many people, or experienced people, to care for their patients.
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    Strike lengths vary. I have heard of strikes lasting a month. To those lasting over a year.

    As to who takes care of the patients, most of the time, traveling nurses come in to care for the patients while the strike is going on. This is especially important in the critical care, ER areas, etc, where it is vital that an actual nurse, with experience in these areas care for the patients. On the general floors, while they do get some travel nurses to fill in, I have seen the administrators take to the floor to do the work. This is not always ideal since many of them have not worked at the bedside for many years, but unfortunately it is necessary.

    Nursing assistants are not usually involved in the same strike as the nurses, so they can continue doing their job as usual. Physicians are also usually not affected, except for the fact that they have to do less surgeries, etc, since there are not as many people, or experienced people, to care for their patients.


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