Quote from gcupid
There's no need to rationalize working a strike.
So I'll bite, why then are you spending so much time making up rationalizations in your post? Could it be you know it is undermining fellow nurses fighting for better patient care and improved working conditions?
You do know that notice is required by federal law before a strike? This would allow time to stop admissions and go down to a census of zero. More time than a hurricane. All I did was point out that if hospitals who are impacted in a huge disaster area can cope with sudden shutdown, increase in patient load (many from nursing homes), during a decrease in staffing from staff dealing with their own emergencies at home, it is not so difficult to imagine a single hospital on strike dealing with patients without scabs.
Of course, a hospital with nurses on strike going to a zero census would be a death knell for the hospital to remain in business. In the absence of strike workers, hospital management would thus be forced to negotiate with the union.
"What about infection control?" Seriously? Admit to yourself you work strikes for the money (you don't volunteer for free, right?) and stop sounding silly. We will all be happy with that and actually respect your motivations.