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Joined Apr 30, '08.
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First of all, I have been a critical-care RN for 19 yrs in CA. We have CNA (CA Nurses Association) it consists of only RN's. In my past the union leaders were a godsent, giving up time, family, and many times food and sleep. They were not narcistic or out for themselves at all. A Great Union is a Great Family. We vote and talk about issues as 1, our main concern has always been the Safety of our pts. Sure at times they ask for pay increases (cost of living raises) , increased staffing=increased nurset ratio=increased pt safety, increased vacation time, who wants a burntout RN? There are many different issues that need to be looked at but, hopefully mgmt and RN's can negotiate in a caring manner with the pt's best interest at heart. At times I have Known upper mgmt to worship the allmighty dollar and forget about the little people. Hopefully, we all will get stronger, wiser, and open our eyes to a brighter world!
Mary Larbre, RN
Thank you, sister!! I appreciate you to take the time to hopefully educate. We need to explain to the young generation "Where would the middle class of America" be today without unions? Would there be an 8-hr day with overtime, minimum wage, Labor Day; I could go on and on with all the human rights we have?! To those who are offended, please do not respond before you educate or research Unions! I don't doubt there are fabulous hospitals in which the RN's and the management have a great working relationship without unions but, it's mainly the directors or managers with whom care. It is the higher kings: the CEO, the CNO that have never provided bed-side nursing. In this hospital, we had a fantastic CEO and CNO for 23 yrs who worked and negotiated with the union in a professional manner. I believe this is unheard of anymore, it's very sad that we all can't think of the pt first and care for the pt, not the all mighty dollar!! Sisters, Don't ever stop caring!!
......... Gee, I hope that you trip over the line........ scab!
I don't know how long you have been an RN or if you are involved with any organizations or are in contact with any "Union" RN's! I have been a union RN for 20 yrs, yes, we have great pay, great medical insurance, pension, and working conditions that are "Safe". The term "Scabs" has been around since the 1920's or before for ALL people who cross the picket line for any type of union worker, not just RN's. I was an ICU RN for years, we have in California, either 2:1 or 1:1 nurseatient ratio. This state law was initiated by California Nurses Association, one of the best unions for RN's, the law also expands to All RN's in all departments for "Patient Safety" the nurseatient ratio. We have now expanded to numerous other states, Thank God! Unions are there to save people's lives. The thousands of union workers have developed a bond as brothers and sisters to care for our patient in a safe and professional manner. We all went too long and hard studying to graduate with a degree to be the best RN we could be. By sitting back and allowing management, who has never been at the bedside, dictate to us how to care for our patients according to their budget, we will not stand for that! So before becoming a "Scab", research what a RN union is all about! Scabs are working for management, "Not" your brothers and sisters whose heart is where it should be, with the patient.
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