Quote from baby&mommynurse
Exactly what do you mean by this? Have you had any experience with SEIU? Quite a few LVNs I work with are Pro-Union, while I stand indifferent about the whole thing. I'm just trying to get other people's opinions before I decide. I have to add that I live/work in California and our RNs are part of the CNA, so you can see how this may affect all other health care workers in our facility that are non-union. Even our secretaries, housekeepers and nurse assistants are part of a union.
I worked at a University Hosp where the RNs had their own union and the LPNs were in the union with most of the other staff, all of which were non-licensed personel!
The needs of those personel who are not professionals, who are not licensed, are very different from licensed nurses, resp tx, physical tx, etc. It was a nightmare for LPNs when the hospital decided to phase out LPns in favor of an all RN staff. Nobody cared! The union did not understand the light of LPNs as they never dealt with licensed professionals before. The LPNs lost and were phased out.
This is one of our biggest problems, it's not that we are not capable of working in acute care, (few nurses are right out of school, that's why RNs enjoy preceptor programs of up to 6 months duration!) we have no representation! We need to join together as a separate entity if the RNs in the facility do not want you to join their union. We do not need to lump ourselves into a group of non-licensed personel who can not understand our needs as far as compensation packages, job security, advancement ops, etc.
Like I said have before, an LPN can never be an RN without additional formal education, but there is no reason why we can not build our own professional organization and ensure our advancement through certifications, etc. We need to be treated as entry level professionals, not ancillary personel!