Quote from pmcd8243
This is where the rubber meets the road and all of those who slam strike replacement nurses do not think it through. Without"scabs" nurses would not be able to strike. Its 0700 on Monday and the strike is called. All of the union night shifters are on the job. The Monday day shift is a no show. Now what?
No strike nurses and the night shift can not leave. They have to report off to someone or stay until replaced. If they walk out without reporting off to a qualified replacement then they should just tear up the licinses on the way out and prepare for felony abandonment charges. In short, no scabs no strike.
I'm only familiar with the standards in my own state, but my BON definition and discussion of "abandonment" specifically states that if your shift is completed and there is no one to report off to and replace you, you are only obligated to remain some reasonable amount of time (not specified/defined, but I have been told verbally that that means not more than a few hours) to give management a chance to find someone to replace you, and then you are free to leave -- it is the responsibility of management
to find staff to replace you. So, in your scenario, in my (Southern, right-to-work) state, the night shift staff would only need to remain a few hours into the day shift, and no one would need to tear up her/his license on the way out of the building ...
Heartwarming to know, though, that there are people out there willing to defend scabs and the vital role they play in improving working conditions for nurses.