"Scabs" - page 4

Why do nurses take these assignments???? Especially in this day and age when most strikes are about benefit levels, staffing ratios, working conditions???... Read More

  1. by   LadyNASDAQ
    <amy only work strikes out of town and local agency otherwise. They also make 6 figures. I have 28 yrs. as a Nurse. I work no strikes but given my years in this, don't have to and won't but many feel the money is available if they want to look away.
  2. by   MarySunshine
    I find this confusing. I would think that it would help the striking nurses' cause to force the hospital to pay travelers high salaries. In that sense, the traveling nurses are remaining loyal to the cause, helping the patients, not to mention making good money.

    This is a confusing topic to me.
  3. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from MarySunshine
    I find this confusing. I would think that it would help the striking nurses' cause to force the hospital to pay travelers high salaries. In that sense, the traveling nurses are remaining loyal to the cause, helping the patients, not to mention making good money.

    This is a confusing topic to me.
    When emotions take over, logic goes out the window. That's just being human.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  4. by   MarySunshine
    To be honest, I'm considering putting myself on my travel nursing companies' list of nurses willing to work during strikes. I would NEVER do something that I thought hurt the cause of nursing. I just honestly don't see how this hurts it. If someone can explain it to me, I'm more than willing to listen and be receptive.
  5. by   LadyNASDAQ
    I have a friend who lives in TX. He's a night shift ICU Nurse and does as many stikes as possible and fills in with travel and some local agency during the Holidays. He makes over 6 figs and is doing quite well. He says he could care less about any of the red tape because he claims these are the hospitals that HAVE to go on strike and he does feel that he is supporting the Nurses who walked off of the job. I am quite leery of agency nursing like that but still curious about it. US Nursing calls me all the time to work them but I always say NO because I'm not sure about personal safety.
  6. by   caroladybelle
    I really don't care for the rep of US Nursing.

    I have met some strikebreak nurses, and was really not impressed with what I heard, the behavior, the skills/attitude etc. While I am sure that there are some wonderful nurses that work that division, I was just very put off.

    I do not work with agencies that do that. I don't want my good work to benefit that sort of agency, nor do I want to receive my pay from that sort of organization, even if I did not earn it by strikebreaking.
  7. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from caroladybelle
    I really don't care for the rep of US Nursing.

    I have met some strikebreak nurses, and was really not impressed with what I heard, the behavior, the skills/attitude etc. While I am sure that there are some wonderful nurses that work that division, I was just very put off.

    I do not work with agencies that do that. I don't want my good work to benefit that sort of agency, nor do I want to receive my pay from that sort of organization, even if I did not earn it by strikebreaking.
    I just can't see it as strike breaking. It's strike enabling. It's the hospitals that are in a bind. They MUST keep as much of their doors open as possible; serving the community is their claim to fame. So they must pay the exorbitant fees; fees that would make a sane person reconsider what it would take to settle a strike.

    In any case, without nurses willing to cross the line, the hospitals could claim that they have no choice but to completely close. AT THAT MOMENT, if a hospital actually were to close, then the strike is over and the hospital wins.

    Why?

    The hospital can wait out a closure longer than staff. They have millions to do so and no real loss for doing so. Their claim to fame is normally location and they will STILL be where they are when they open back up: no real loss of market share. What other business has that advantage during a strike?

    No. Replacement workers are strike ENABLERS. Without the constant administrative concern for both the cost of replacement workers and the safety issues of not having a full complement of staff, a hospital could outwait any strike.

    Replacement workers bring pressure to bear on management to settle.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  8. by   MarySunshine
    Timothy,
    You're making sense to me. Thanks for the viewpoint.

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