State Issue 2

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    I’m surprised that no one has posted about this topic that comes up for a vote in a few weeks. Ohio is no different than most states in that these are hard times. I’m sure that most of you have been saturated we TV ads both pro and con, but one thing in particular has bothered me. We nurses are looked upon with high regard by the public in several polls I have seen. It seems this hard earned reputation is being used by the opponents of Issue 2 to imply in ads and their website that nurses per sec will be affected by this law:

    http://action.weareohio.com/page/s/issue2primer

    “Issue 2 will make our nursing shortage worse. It makes it illegal for nurses, hospital and clinic workers to demand reasonable and safe staffing levels—so nurses will juggle more patients while their salaries and benefits are cut.”

    Here we go again-“our nursing shortage worse”. When will we stop hearing this falsehood? Furthermore the website states the law makes it “illegal for nurses, hospital and clinic workers” again not true because it only prohibits public employees. Last time I checked, most nurses are not public employees.


    “Teachers, nurses, firefighters are not the reason Ohio’s budget is in trouble. Big corporations, their high-paid lobbyists and the politicians they fund are blaming middle class Ohioans for a problem they caused.”


    Again, the collective use of the word nurses, to imply that the law affects all nurses. Thus, capitalizing on the great reputation that nurses enjoy.

    I realize there are two sides to this topic and I hope both will be put forward so we can make an informed decision on November 8th. My only point is don’t propagate the myth of a “Nursing shortage” when so many GN go for months with no job offers and so many hospital are hiring so few experienced nurses. Also, be honest and state this law will only apply to nurses that are public employees and not to the vast majority of nurses that work in non-public hospitals, veterans hospitals, military hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics.
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    sounds awful! November 8th is quickly approaching, too...
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    The public doesn't realize that the majority of the hospitals in Ohio are non-unionized, therefore it really does not affect us. I work for the county, we have staffing ratios that are in line with all the others in the area. What they also don't realize is that there is not a nursing shortage, but the employers have frozen all open slots and therefore we are short because of that.

    I will vote no, but that is because I support the firefighters, etc. Not because of the nursing issue they put forth falsely.
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    Quote from lyela
    Furthermore the website states the law makes it “illegal for nurses, hospital and clinic workers” again not true because it only prohibits public employees. Last time I checked, most nurses are not public employees.
    Except those few who work at those little hospitals. You know the ones. OSU Medical Center, Ross Heart Hospital, The James Cancer Center, Harding Hospital, OSU-East, Dodd Rehabilitation Center. Not to mention ALL of the ambulatory centers and clinics. Nope, not too many nurses will be affected at all.
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    Unfortunately, so many people bought into the propaganda. Most of it is very untrue. Voting YES will actually help out the fire fighters, nurses, policemen, etc. Too bad no one took the time to actually read for themselves

    (and this coming from an OSUMC employee who is in a relationship with a medic/fire fighter in Columbus)


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