Quote from Sherwood
What this means is that Registered Nurses are one step closer to being legally recognized as the professionals we are. Nurses do supervise, direct and make managerial decisions every day. Not just Charge Nurses either, any of us who works with an LVN, nurses aid or patient care tech supervise and direct the care they give to our patients. The feedback we provide is directly used in their reviews.
What about those of us who precept? New grads or experienced Nurses, we are part of the process in deciding if they keep their job, need further orientation or if they must be let go.
This is not a threat to Nursing professionals, this is only a threat to the unions bottom line. As for getting paid to be the professionals we really are, maybe if more of us accepted more responsiblity for ourselves, our actions and our profession we would get paid more. So many want to play the blame game. We complain and moan but unless the "union" says it's right we do not serve on committees, we do not volunteer at health fairs or other nursing/hospital community service. You let the union choose the politicians you vote for and the propositions you vote for or against. Not because it's right for you, your profession or your community but because the "union" says it's so it must be true.
Sherwood, RN, CCRN
How do you account for the fact that TEACHERS are also professionals, and have been unionized since the year of the flood. Teachers also make more money that nurses do, have far better pensions than nurses do, which by the way, also include medical and dental benefits for life. And have far better workplace protections, than nurses do. I don't recall any attempts by any school districts, to attempt to "promote" the janitors, to teach Kindergarten, or First Grade. There has been no attempt to "de-skill" the teachng profession, by replacing them with unlicensed "teaching aides, or assistants". Why is that? Because teachers have strong union, which give them workplace security, which provides them the with ability to speak out publicly to parents, and the community, without fear of losing their job.
How do you explain away these indisputable facts? Nurses are in the sad position that we are in because of the fact that, for years, and even still today, nurses have fought unionizing. Which, by the way, would have given nurses, if nothing else, the workplace protection that we so badly needed. When the hospitals came up with the lie, known as "care redesign", nurses who did not agree with the overworking and de- skilling of their profession, and made a fuss, they where rewarded with a retaliatory discharge, and blacklisted. In other words, any and all attempt to notify the public about what was happening to their health care, was quickly squelched, for fear of being fired.
Hospitals are quick to denigrate unions, which they are quick to inform nurses, makes them look "unprofessional", preying on their insecurities, and their need to validate thier self worth and self inportance. Much of which stems from their lack of a college degree as entry into practice. Which, by the way, is another thing that hospitals continue to tell nurses that they don't need, and refuse to reward those who earned a BSN. Which pushed them away from the bedside. Consider the source. While they reward others on the same health care team, who have earned higher degrees, with a higher salary, such as Pts, OTs, Pharmacists, Dieticians.
You have been hoodwinked, and brainwashed, big time. I don't know where your antiunion mentality, comes from. But in the face of the obvious, your constant "unionbusting", flies in the face of reality.
You can remain a part of nursing when, after this ruling passes, can continue to work in bedside nursing, and will probably be earning $8.00 an hour. Sadly, with no protection, for either you, or your patients. JMHO, and my $0.02.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN