Originally posted by sjoe
Youda--exactly right. all this business about "how can we get the suits to see how valuable we are?" (which is just another way of saying "How can we get them to like us?") is usually a complete waste of time and completely misses the point.
And the point?
POWER, and power alone.
-------> Youda stepping onto her soapbox.
Nurses MUST start understanding that these corporations have huge, huge "liability accounts." What this means is that they expect, and plan, to be sued and fined by regulatory agencies (JHACO, and DOA's).
The corporations have managed to legislate caps on lawsuits. So, they know just how much they are going to have to pay out in lawsuits each year. So, lawsuits and fines HAVE NO EFFECT on their PROFITS.
Nurses MUST start to understand that they DO NOT CARE about your burn-out, if patients die, your staffing ratios, the patient care, and your lack of sufficient supplies and equipment. They are NOT going to give you more wages, benefits, time off, or staff. They aren't going to do it BECAUSE THEY DON'T NEED TO.
There is no competition, because every corporation is run the same identical way. So, the hospital on the other side of town, or the LTC down the street, WILL HAVE THE EXACT SAME PRACTICES AND PHILOSOPHY.
The ONLY way this is ever going to change is to change the LAWS that protect them. And the ONLY way that's going to happen is by aggressive lobbying BY NURSES and significant contributions to polititians, because that's what the corporations are doing, and that's how they get laws to protect themselves from this!!! Your whinning, care, love of your patients, your advocacy, MAKES NO DIFFERENCE.
They understand, exactly, what you're saying about patient care. That's why they have the huge "liability accounts." They KNOW they are substandard, and they DO NOT CARE! They just stockpile money so they can pay their way out of it. When you start to understand that, then you can start o understand the problems of nurses!
Join your state nurse's association. You MUST. If you don't agree with the ANA's policies, then JOIN anyway. Because this is the ONLY organized body of nurses to fight for you and your patients. If you aren't there to help make the changes, then quit griping and understand that this is your fate.
Nurses MUST start getting more sophisticated in their understanding of their employers!!
Youda stepping off her soapbox now <------------