Anti-nurse Editorial

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    Editorial from the "National Post", a Canadian right wing newspaper. The current exchange rate for the Canadian dollar is 65.4 US cents. So the $32 per hour rate quoted in the editorial works out to $20.93 per hour in US dollars.

    I expect US nurse recruiters will have a field day in Canada if this advice is followed.

    http://www.nationalpost.com/commenta...31/632600.html



    Call nurses' bluff

    National Post

    The union representing 23,000 of British Columbia's 30,000 nurses claims to have letters of resignation on hand from more than 5,000 of its members, letters it will submit should the new B.C. Liberal government under Premier Gordon Campbell legislate a settlement in the nurses' ongoing wage negotiations. The prospect of so many highly paid nurses being suddenly out of work does not seem to trouble Debra McPherson, president of the British Columbia Nurses Union, though. On the weekend, Ms. McPherson told reporters she had recently been in a submarine sandwich shop that had lots of job openings. "We're all educated people with transferable skills," she said. "We will find other jobs."

    It is doubtful many of her members actually share Ms. McPherson's enthusiasm for abandoning a $32-per-hour career in favour of $7-per-hour jobs assembling cold-cut combos. So Mr. Campbell should call the BCNU's bluff and threaten to fire the belligerent nurses -- in the same way Ronald Reagan, then U.S. president, fired more than 11,000 members of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization in August of 1981. Otherwise, the Premier and his agenda will be hostage to B.C.'s powerful public-sector unions for the next four years.

    If (sic) would be unnecessary to fire all 23,000 BCNU members, or even all of the 5,000 militant members who have signed threatening letters. Mr. Campbell and his health minister, Colin Hansen, would need to fire only those who refused to rescind their letters by some reasonable deadline -- say, Aug. 8, when a provincially imposed 60-day cooling off period expires. After that, any nurse still intent on resignation should quickly find herself or himself repeating the line, "Would you like fries with that, sir?"

    The nurses have been offered a raise to nearly $33 per hour over three years -- the highest nursing pay in Canada. Yet they are demanding $35 per hour over two years, or nearly 10% more than any other nurses in the country. The stakes are high. If Mr. Campbell caves in to their threat, he can expect his sensible plans to right the B.C. economy and cut government to be resisted at every turn by entrenched union interests.
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    I expect US nurse recruiters will have a field day in Canada if this advice is followed.
    And Ontario nurses will follow with their BC sisters/brothers, I hope!!

    I'm with ONA, and while there have been local level problems, overall, I believe in the union structure.

    I do feel for the patients and future patients in the BC system... but I also care for the nurses involved. Too long have we been held hostage because of our emotions and caring natures.
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    We had a similar editorial in our small town's paper. In it the writer pointed out that nurses who would let the phone ring rather than answer it to be asked to work overtime "have lost site of what their profession is about". Well I just about lost it!! Maybe we would just like to work a reasonable amount of time each week rather than being treated like slave labor! Maybe we don't answer the phone because we deserve to have a life outside of the hospital. I would like to ask her how many night shifts, 12+ hour shifts, weekend shifts, holliday shifts and plain ol' OT shifts she works.

    She also said that BC residents have always been supportive of nurses, but they might just get fed up and say "Fine, quit and go elsewhere". Has she got her head up her ass? We are talking about a quarter of the nurses in the province. Who does she think is going to care for the patients if they go? I can't wait till she's in the hospital.

    Then she said that 22% is an excellent raise for a public sector job (despite the fact we haven't had a real raise in like 10 years), and that we should try working in the private sector to see what raises are like there. I think she really doesn't understand that a lot of nurses will be doing just that- outside of BC.
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    >I would like to ask her how many
    night shifts, 12+ hour shifts, weekend shifts, holliday shifts and plain ol' OT shifts
    she works.<

    Fergus51, you've can ask her that as a letter to the editor! Invite her to shadow you for a week and let see what she says then (and answer your phone and work every extra shift you can during that week)! Don't just vent here, do it!
    Sorry, I know I'm not Canadian, but Canada and Minnesota are neighbors, and I hope you don't mind my reading your posts.
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    Originally posted by fergus51
    Then she said that 22% is an excellent raise for a public sector job (despite the fact we haven't had a real raise in like 10 years), and that we should try working in the private sector to see what raises are like there. I think she really doesn't understand that a lot of nurses will be doing just that- outside of BC.
    Do you suppose Texas could absorb 5,000 BC nurses?

    This is from an online discussion in Ontario: Here is a posting for what is essentially an experienced staff nurse position with the University of Texas Medical Branch. This is the kind of competition Canada is facing in order to attract and retain Registered Nurses.
    http://www2.utmb.edu/jobline/License...1051&B1=Submit

    It shows a start base salary (in US dollars) of $35,154 up to $58,125 for the senior nurse.

    The US dollar is worth $1.53 at the time I write this. That translates into a range of $53,785 to start with a top base rate of $88,931 when converted to Canadian dollars.

    This is an example of what I mean when I say the major competition for nurses comes from the USA. And Canadian nurses are welcomed with open arms because of their high skill level, common language and similar culture.
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    Originally posted by Jenny P
    Sorry, I know I'm not Canadian, but Canada and Minnesota are neighbors, and I hope you don't mind my reading your posts.
    Hello Jenny P,

    Thank you for your words of support - and feel free to read in or contribute anytime you wish.

    I can't get over how incredibly stupid and short-sighted the editorial is. They seem to think the resignations are just a joke and that nurses are desperate to hold onto their jobs.

    I think they're in for a big shock. The editorial writer(s) assume that the nurses' only other employment option is to sling burgers or similar work. I think that recruiters from the USA will not allow an opportunity to get a large pool of nurses like this to go by untouched...
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    Just a friendly reminder from the moderator:

    Comparing wages, etc. between the U.S. and Canada is okay according to the rules of this board.

    However, any attempts to advertise for or recruit nurses is not, and any such posts will have to be removed.

    Anyone wishing to go to the States will have no trouble finding recruiters without help from this board! I attended a nursing job fair 8 months ago, and am STILL getting recruitment letters from far away places.

    Re. the editorial: The Canadian Government has no one but itself
    to blame for the nursing shortage. Let's continue to try to make the public and our elected officials aware that it's far more than money that's an issue here. Nurses will stay in Canada if and when working conditions change: more full time jobs, no mandatory overtime AND decent pay in line with what other positions with similar education requirements offer. It's hard to hold your head up when your garbage collector and plumber make more money than you do!
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    Hi Jay-Jay,

    Sorry, I was not trying to infringe the rules, nor was I trying to engage in any sort of recruitment.

    I posted the url to demonstrate that the supposedly "outrageous" demands by the BC nurses are not at all outrageous.

    The url given works out to a rate of $42.75 per hour (40 hours/week) in Canadian funds at the current exchange rate - well above the supposedly unreasonable $35 rate the BC nurses want.

    I'm sure a lot of other such URLs could have been found to make the point.

    The point is that I find it ironic that a neoconservative publication like the National Post would advocate something other than paying market rates.
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    Our hospital has already had a reporter shadow a nurse on a medical floor and the reporters article was very favourable to nurses. However, the hospitl is not likely to allow another one as they want the nurses to settle the dispute now. And they certainly wouldn't allow one for a week.

    I, along with quite a few other nurses have responded to letters like this. One was titled "nurses should get real" My response was titled "the public should wake up". People don't seem to know that there are care aides who take a 4 month course making more than new nurses. Or that within 4 years 25% of our grads leave the province. Or that we only graduate about 1/2 the number of nurses we need. People just don't get it. The shortage isn't some way off possibility. It is a reality.

    Cdn Psych
    I was thinking more about going back to Washington or trying California for a bit. The signing bonus alone is more than 2 months of my wages here.
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    I do not find it to be "anti-nurse" but
    "anti-union".
    Statement by the person in such a position
    (position of trust and respect) that sounds
    like childish threat ( if we do not get what
    we want we will all go to work for "Subway")
    will not get us ANY trust and respect.
    In 21 Century and such a power in numbers( not to
    mention "perfect timing" - nurses are listened to)
    we(RN's) could have better and more respectable
    action plan!


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