franknurse 759 Views
Joined Jan 20, '06.
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As I've stated in other posts, I feel it's so important for nurses to organize. Management only looks out for themselves and the bottom line.
Also I've been represented by good reps in 2 different unions with good results at both facilities. At my present facility, the leadership with the help of of our rep just got a member her job back after being wrongly accused of abuse. All I know is I don't want to work in a facility today without union protection!!!!!!
I also agree. It would be a real shame to see another nurse bite the dust due to burnout. I'm sure that a good counselor or therapist could help you sort out your feelings and figure out what is best for you.I have had only a short dealing with an EAP a long time ago and they wanted me to seek therapy which I have and now i am in a much better place.
You know it never ceases to amaze me how the times have changed in the world. Used to be you got a job in a facility and you could count on staying there for your entire career. Guess having coldhearted non- compassionate business people instead of caring nurses run things has changed all that. Looking at all these posts and being actively involved in The Nurse Alliance of SEIU has really awakened me . I really want to be able to go to work and just do my job, it would be a miracle if I could, but the way a typical day goes for me as my local president, that rarely happens.
I know Unions are very politically minded but there are many times when a connection to politics is needed in order for necessary laws to be passed that affect all of us in our working environments. SEIU's involvement in my state has helped us get safe needle and ban on mandatory overtime legislature passed. I think that's some pretty important stuff regarding all of us.
I have also spoken to nurses from all over the country in person and on the phone and realize that we all face the same or very similar problems and know that the only way to solve them is to organize and fight for what is important to us.
I know I have a tendency to run off at the mouth but I also see a need here . We have to remember that the old days are over and no one is going to look out for us but US.
Finally able to get myself logged in so I can post. Just wanted to introduce myself to the board. My name is frank, I'm 46 from Reading, Pa. I work in long term care at my local county nursing home where I hold a day shift charge position. I've been an RN since 1992, was a CNA before that. I went into nursing after helping to care for a grandmother with Alzheimers as a teenager and volunteering a a local hospital after that. Nursing was what I always wanted to do and I still feel pleased about this career choice.
I get so much satisfaction out of caring for my residents, it is almost worth the hassel I get from management and supervisors (I said almost). Hope to be a part of many good discussions with fellow nurses in the future. Frank
I gotta tell you, the e-way is much easier. Big old procrastinator me was always putting the app aside for later and then forgetting where I put it. At least now I can get it faster than before and that always helps. Frank
Amen jt. I have seen nothing but good come from union involvement in my facility. I know that those who work in management don't see it that way. Why would management want the staff having any say in what would or could make the hospital a better workplace. I just think that having a contract that ensures better benefits and working conditions and a chance to work things out with management when problems arise is a good thing for all.
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