I believe we need to arise and specify and list the abuse of nurses by management. AND draft a Bill of Rights . Hopefully , and I say hopefully . (nurses can be somewhat uncohesive) we can then sign on and one by one professionally demand that it be honored by management. Not all hospitals will not ever unionize , nursing leadership have not subscribed and demanded attention to this issue, nursing educators are collectively educating us on this Soooo....what do we do when there should be a bill of rights, code of professional conduct ? If I am unaware , please shout at me but I have had enough of beating up of nurses by their own and hospital managements. Who is going to take care of these patients??? nurses are in shortage , there are more patients, baby boomers are coming on , hospitals are thinking pts are consumers ..Hahahahahaha. Oh I am having a heart attack well lets see where should I go ??? Oh the nurse got attacked , ohhh that's not good. Oh the nurse never gets her "break" ahhh that is a lunch, which in most cases is 30 min of unpaid time. Oh well we are letting the nurses donate 30 min of their pay everyday they work . They can eat snacks out of their pocket or something similar. Some hosp have a rule NO food or drink , not even bottled water, in the work area . This hosp did not offer coverage to assignments for nurse to get a food water time when busy. So am I to think they want a nurse to follow the rules and have a nurse work at a rapid pace for 12.5 hrs without food or water.....Hmmmmmm. I am an old nurse and I am sick of managers demanding and not providing , in other words NOT MANAGING. I have never seen the likes of whit I am seeing and believe me , I used to donate time , sleep in PACU to do uncoverable situations and a huge number of other things for a caring struggling hospital that was not top heavy in consumer, blah blah.. managers. There is an ASPCA?? for the prevention of cruelty to animals , elder abuse spousal abuse , child abuse and a host of others . why not a Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Nurses. We need national attention for these abuses.
I'm generally anti-union, however I do see a benefit to nurses being unionized, as long as the overall goal is better patient outcomes.
In my short 16 years in nursing I've observed many nurses who become competely spineless when "abused" by management. By spineless I mean they completely give in and fail to make the slightest effort to defend themselves or assert themselves. Then what happens is they go behind the managers back an complain up a storm. When I make a suggestion as to what they could do, the reply is just more complaining. It is as though the person complaining dosn't want a soloution or is afraid to be part of the soultion. I have seen this often enough that I think it is a real problem in nursing and part of the reason why nurses are treated as they are. Granted it might just be a cultural thing in the part of the country I live in.
One thing to consider regarding staffing is the fact that the money just isn't there to pay for the extra staff we may feel we need. We can make demands but in the end we might just be out of luck until the overall industry changes.
This is where I think the focus of unions should be, in lobbying politicians and other power brokers to change the system. I don't believe changing the system means punishing those who profit either, it means changing the way we do business. Healthcare is a buisness, like it or not, and profit is a huge incentive for getting things done.
Maybe we need to make people realize more that nurses contribute hugely to the bottom line, not take from it.
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