I am curious, now that I will be coming up on my 3rd year as an RN in February and can take a breath and look around (man, they are not joking when they tell you in school you are considered a "novice" RN for two years because it really does take that long to feel confident-at least it did for me) I am wondering about unionization in Maryland. The hospital I work for the largest private employer in the state and it seems weird to me that there is no union in Maryland for RN's.
There are so many misconceptions about unions and I wonder if those are partly to blame for the absence of them in our State. I believe that the School RN's have a union but that is partly because they are part of the school system which is nationally unionized. There would be so many benefits to being unionized if there was support.
Traditionally the State Board of Nursing has used its platform to call for nursing reform and improvements which there have been many. The Compact States, the streamlining of NP contracts/legal doctuments come to mind immediately but what else can we do as Nurses?
What can we do for ourselves to better serve our patient populations? How better can we be organized to support one another?
I am most interested to hear all perspectives on this topic-pro and con!