Anyone have info on this? I received a postcard probably a month ago regarding safe patient/nurse ratios and how working with the NNOC/California Nurses Association would help Maine nurses have safer patient care and more tolerable working conditions. see http://sev.prnewswire.com/health-car...2102006-1.html
I've also heard that this is NOT such a great idea, that the CNA is famous for union busting and actually making things WORSE for nurses.
Any thoughts/ideas? To be honest I don't know much about it - I don't even know where to begin. Thanks!
Feb 22, '09
I am assigned to California and don't anticipate coming to Maine anytime soon. Your winters are much too cold for me! LOL We do however have at least one labor representative that I know of assigned to Maine. CNA has over 250 staff and since I'm relatively new, I don't know everyone yet and don't know who else is assigned to Maine.
Regarding low census...contracts differ in how they handle low census days. A couple of strategies that I have seen used in contracts are:
Winning language that provides for nurses to be cross trained within their cluster so that nurses can float to more areas during times of low census. This language usually also includes provisions that the employer will also utilize nurses to do chart reviews, develop protocols, design or attend in-service, orientation, or cross training programs during times of low census.
Some contracts have established low census banks where the employer provides a large bank of paid hours that nurses can utilize during times of low census.
Other contracts simply limit the amount of time that a nurse can be placed on low census.
To win any of these things nurses have to be organized. All of these strategies cost the employer money and I have never seen a non-union hospital voluntarily implement these types of strategies. The only advise I could offer in your current situation is, you might want think about signing up with some nurse temp agencies to see if you can pick up extra hours or after you have completed your probationary period. Best wishes!
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