Survey: Would you cross a picket line when RNs were striking? - page 9

This months survey question: Would you cross a picket line when RNs were striking (at your own hospital or another)? Yes or No? FYI: Here are the results from this survey: Q: Would you... Read More

  1. by   sandigapeachlpn
    yes i would cross a picket line as a nurse. definately not as a rn as the original survey asks. i am bound by my ethics as a licensed practical nurse. my priority is care. i could not live with myself if a patient died because of substitute nurses that were not properly trained and if i ever get to the point that i would change my mind...... then i will get out of nursing.
  2. by   SusieQ1243
    Don't even start that about "What about the patients?" Pleeeease.... Anyone who would cross a picket line is only thinking about how much $$money$$ they can make. I'm sure you're sitting at home thinking "I need to travel halfway across the country because... what about the patients?" It is short-sighted and you are cutting off your nose to spite your face!

    Guess what... the patients go to a different hospital and the strike hospital either makes some obviously much needed changes to the benefit of the nurses AND the patients or it doesn't.

    You people just don't get IT. IF nurses don't stand up and support other nurses during a strike, IF nurses as a whole don't demand changes within a crumbling system, in the very near future there will be no such thing as QUALITY care for your beloved patient. Try, just try, to see the BIG picture! Get your head out of the sand and then... get a clue! The health care system is falling apart and for too many years nurses have been the first ones to be crucified.... the only people who can solve this are nurses.

    "The sky is falling, the sky is falling..." You bet it is.
    Last edit by SusieQ1243 on Jul 17, '01
  3. by   tiger
    susieq----u go girl!!!!!!!!
  4. by   pabamick
    As an RN for 27 years in critical care, I have stood by as my profession has been taken over by people telling me how to do my job who have never done my job or haven't done my job in so long that they don't know what my job is. It's time to take back our profession and be responsible for it. The only way I have found to do that is through the union. Nurses need to have a voice in nursing decisions reguarding their patients and their care. My hospital has just gone through a lengthly union battle with millions being spent on busting the union and we still won. Now we are in the middle of trying to win our first contract and it also hasn't been easy. The hospital is going to push up to at least take a strike vote. Not only will I strike to help save my profession but I will never feel the same about others, from travelors to my peers who would undermind our ability to try to improve our working conditions for the present and for the future. Wake up nurses the cheap female labor pool has dried up, its time to become marketable in the job force, it we want the nurses of the future to be the brightest and the best.
  5. by   betts
    To All Caregivers,

    Here you are debating an issue of great importance but, whom but caregivers are reading them or posting replies? Not the general public or your elected officials; the very ones that need to hear this is them! How many have contacted their local paper or sent emails to their elected officials? How about local commissioner meetings where you have the right to express an opinion or open a forum where members of the local media's are present? Starting a petition drive is easy and gets signatures or additional emails sent to officials. Your elected officials WORK FOR YOU!!! Here's a link where you can get every elected officials email addy:

    If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past, present, or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system.

    If nurses in Canada can do it, why can't we.
  6. by   Jay Levan
    I have been a R.N. for many years (You might refer to me as "Fossil", after so many years of nurses doing nothing about their plight, it is refreshing to see Nurses Standing Up and being heard In my opinion, anyone of us that crosses these lines is self deprocating, self defeating, and sado-masochistic. Yes I know all the standard excuses, "Who's going to take care of the patients if we don't?" etc. etc. What I feel is not understood, or even ignored, is the fact that Hospital Administration considers us "Cash Vacuums" and forces these situations on us with their Hardline tactics. When they force us to stand together, we must without hesitation or Lofty Platitudes, we must go bare knuckles to bare knuckles with them. After all they have no compunction about taking this position with us as their adversary, so why then should we?
  7. by   KatWright
    When my kids were toddlers, I was newly divorced, had a mortgage, child care costs were high and I worked weekend alternative.
    I crossed the line. I'm a money worrier, always have been although now that my kids are on their own I seem to have more money than ever
    At the time I felt that it was my only choice, I honestly couldn't see any other way.
    I repected the staff that walked and they respected me.
    I never felt any animosity to or from them.
    Now???? I don't know. I have been at the place that I work for nearly 25 years, if I walked, could they find me replaceable? I am more expensive. I don't know.
    But I do know that I would STILL respect any one that walks and I would expect the same in return.
  8. by   Jay Levan
    Kat, please do not misunderstand, I am completely aware of "Hardtimes". However in the context of most conversations that I have been involved with, Hardtimes is not the issue being discussed, Hard Cash is the main theme and in that context, I stand my ground firmly Now to a question why does anyone elses opinion have to have anything to do with disrespect of you personally? I am not offended by your opinion, nor do I feel disrespected, we simply differ in our opinions. I wish you well.
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  10. by   -jt
    <<I was newly divorced, had a mortgage, child care costs were high and I worked weekend alternative.
    I crossed the line.>>

    Interesting. Im sure that all the divorced, single parents, other nurses with mortgages, and child care costs who were out there fighting for better wages and working conditions were very grateful to the strikebusters who helped the hospital keep them out on strike even longer.

    I doubt very much the striking nurses "respected" any of them.
  11. by   -jt
    Telling it like it is:

    "Scabs betray nursing profession and patients"
  12. by   canoehead
    I think my first action if I needed the money and nurses at my hospital were on strike would be to look for a perdiem job elsewhere, or to start waiting tables. Crossing the line would be my last resort (the VERY LAST).

    Considering the picketing nurses were also worrying about mortgage payments etc, I think walking by them to work would be the greatest insult you could give.
  13. by   KatWright
    Well, I certainly feel the love.........

    All I can say is walk a mile in my moccasins.........

    I did the best that I could at the time.

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