New Grad Seeking Job - Union or Non-Union?

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    I am a new grad. I have recently interviewed for a position that is nonunion. This is my dream field of nursing and if offered a position I will be over the moon. However, I am worried about merit-based raises, having less protection for my license, etc. Is it the end of the world?

    Dear Union or Non-Union,

    Congrats on graduating and your interview!

    It's not the end of the world whatsoever! The end of the world is not landing a job at all, union or otherwise.

    Reputable organizations follow labor laws and have fair HR policies in place. They must offer like compensation in order to remain competitive in the community.

    I have worked both union and non-union and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. All union hospitals are not equal. Even within union hospitals, some have far better contracts than others. Likewise, there is a wide spectrum of working conditions in non-union hospitals.

    If the hospital is reputable, and it's your dream job, I would not decline the offer because it is not union.

    Best wishes,

    Nurse Beth