Some very determined nurses have apparently been on strike since early October. Some nurses who chose to cross the line have had some terrible things happen to them.
Some day these facilities will get the hint that the ratios are hurting not only the nurses but the patients as well. Very, very sad indeed.
Nov 24, '07
Quote from joeld311
I'm from the South and we, for the most part, are raised being taught that unions are NOT GOOD. Unions have ruined the auto industry as well as many others, and "hardcore" union members are typically quite liberal politically. As in, they believe that "the man" is down on them, and believe in raising taxes and free healthcare, etc. I'm not sure about the hospital's view on the situation but hospitals ARE a business. If you have a problem with that then you should work for a non-profit charity hospital. I believe that the real culprit here is insurance companies. The hospitals have to remain at least breaking even or they will close down and you WON'T HAVE A JOB THERE AT ALL!! If anyone is interested enough, why don't some of you take a look at the recent history of stock quotes on some of the companies that own hospitals... they really aren't going up. I'm assuming that these nurses are striking for better pay. I have a question for these striking nurses and that is, why don't you find a different hospital to work at?!?! There are plenty of hospitals out there paying a lot of money for nurses. And when the hospital runs out of nurses completely they will start raising pay again. And it's not like the entire United States doesn't have literally thousands of nursing jobs available people. Come on! Get with it. Stop trying to make other people pay for you to live in a fantasy land that doesn't exist to begin with.
I hope you don't have to worry about working in the only hospital in a rural area. You assumed wrongly that these nurses are fighting for better pay. They're fighting for better ratios. Work as a nurse before you start making snide remarks about nurses who are fighting for better ratios- during the holiday season, no less. Maybe then, you'll understand why ratios are so important.
I would also like to suggest you take a history in nursing course in your program. We have a long, rich history of having to fight for everything we need in order to do our jobs effectively. From hospital reform, to womens' right to vote and affect public policy, to fighting for community programs that benefit society- nurses have always been there on the forefront.
Sorry guys, but it drives me bonkers when a nursing student comes on here with the intention to 'teach' us something about our profession when they haven't even joined it yet. (No offense to the rest of the wonderful students here.) We don't have a skewed perspective- we know all about the insurance companies and managed care, and the liberal vs conservative debate has no place in this thread.
Last edit by BBFRN on Jan 20, '08
Nov 24, '07
As nurses we have to think for ourselves.
Somw were taught "unions are not good"
Some think a menthol ointment rubbed on the chest is the way to treat pulmonary edema/CHF.
With education and critical thinking skills we can attempt to discern the facts.
Many nurses stay to improve the health of their communities. Some do leave. I meet them all the time here in California where we have the only ratio law (so far!)
But the support their colleagues who are struggling to improve healthcare in their home community.
Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Nov 24, '07