This is going to continue, until we, as nurses, RNs and LPN/LVNs, go public with this. Teachers aren't being replaced with unlicensed teaching assistants, are they? Why not? Because teachers are almost universally unionzed, with strong, and politically powerful unions. That is why. And furthermore, no one ever died because they could not do long division, or diagram a sentence, have they? And when/if, schools try anything that lessens, or removes the teachers' control over his/her classroom, they go right to the parents. They have public rallies with the parents, in very public places, with the news and TV stations in attendance, to make sure that it lands on the front page on the local paper and is on the 6:00 and 11:00 news reports.
Whine all you want about unions, being unionzed, blah, blah, but unions are what give workers power and control over their work and professional practice.
There is nothing unprofessional about being unionzed, just like there is nothing professional about being overworked, forced to work out of your scope of practice, forced to give up your professional practice to nothing more than HS dropouts.
Why haven't nurses gone to the public about this? Probably because most nursing homes or ALFs are not unionized, and you would be fired, and probabaly reported to the BON by the administration, on some trumped up allegation.
Nurses have no one to blame but themselves. Period. Our professional practice is being given away like it was the door prize. With our permission.
JMHO and my NY $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
Somewhere in the PACNW