I read somewhere on here about nursing strikes and nursing unions. My husband also said he saw something about nursing unions in the south. Well, first of all, I've never heard of one here in the south. (not that means alot
). And if so where? The other thing, when nurses strike, doesn't that constitute as patient abandoment? How do they get around it? I'm not judging anyone, just curious. Does it work? Does it help w/ bennies and pay?
Sep 8, '02
I am in Canada and each province has a nurses union. Nurses can not practice here unless they join. When we have a strike it is usually after job actions in which we refuse to do OT or non-nursing duties and hasn't happened here in my province, in years. In the event of a strike we maintain mandatory staffing levels for emergency and urgent cases only. You would be surprised at how a hospital slows down when ALL of its elective and non-urgent cases are not treated. So, it's effective in putting pressure on admin, but emergencies are still treated. Our pay is pretty good IMHO, but there are those that would disagree with me. Benes are really good if you qualify. Unfortunately our new Premier took away our right to strike with new legislation and is butchering our health care system to the point that I have decided to go back to the US next spring.
Last edit by fergus51 on Sep 8, '02