One more thing. Our system just made the 100 best companies to work for.
I guess the vision--my vision--our vision is that the patient is important...teamwork is essential...and you feel that being the most productive in all ways, including budgeting properly, shared governance, being RESPONSIBLE for your work and your unit...that's why we don't need the union. We treat our place of work like we would our own family. Something to care for, and be cared for. Not to be taken for granted, not to be dismissed.
It's a very respectful place. We have our issues. But people work, and they work hard. And pay is comparable--exactly the same as non-union. Difference? We don't pay dues.
Our pay is excellent, and we pick the cream of the crop as far as nurses and people in general. We evaluate people who add positivity to where we work, and not the opposite.
Physicians are NOT allowed to speak derogatively to us, and we are NOT permitted to degrade each other. HR holds EVERYONE in the same way--no more--no less....
My workplace is like a family, and I enjoy what I do.
No matter what crazy family or patient goes through, I do not need anyone to speak FoR ME. I speak for myself.
So, yeah...Non-union...TOTALLY doable...just ask the union nurses when they come for elective surgeries...