Quote from BethAn
The service workers (environmental, food service, etc) of our hospital are possibly going to go on strike next month. The hospital policy is to use us, (the nurses) to cover their shifts while they are on strikes. That means that I am required to sign up for additional shifts to come in and clean the unit, answer phones, and work in the cafeteria.
I think this is grossly unfair and goes against everything I have learned in nursing school about perpetuating the idea that nurses are to be perceived as professionals. In addition, it's mandatory overtime.
Everyone I work with seems rather complacent about it. I was wondering if anyone else out there had an opinion on the matter.
I'm generally not pro-union and even I think it would be seriously wrong for the nurses to 'cross' the line by doing this work.
I wouldn't do it. It treats you unprofessionally to expect this of you. More important, it serves to undermine those strikers. You have to seriously wonder how TPTB truly view nurses if this is their solution to a strike. Really, don't you?
I would refuse to the point of losing my job. Under those circumstances, it would not be worth keeping in any case. If only 20% of the nurses refuse, there would be too much at stake to make it a matter of termination to insist.
Some things are worth taking a stand. This is one of them. If you let TPTB calculate that this is the level of respect you deserve, it will be the level of respect you receive. And, it is not cool to undermine your co-workers thusly. Nurses pay lots of lipservice to the concept of 'team'. Well, if we really believe that, then is it OK to backstab your team members, just because its convenient of management to ask you to?