Quote from ingelein
This is the nature of the sub acute unit beast.Understaffed, overworked= UNSAFE .We can change staffing ratios if we have a VOICE,ONCE AGAIN, I am singing the UNIONIZE song!How else can we affect CHANGE? Any suggestions?
I was in a union at the hospital where I worked, and while, initially, they helped me, in the end, they were worthless. And I found out later that my union rep was figuratively 'in bed' with the manager who was causing all the problems. Don't know what they did with her - no longer care.
I agree that health care needs a good strong VOICE, but some unions, the way they are set up, do more to hurt than help.
If there was a union in the LTC that I just left, then the couple of CNA's who do the most harm (most of the ones there are wonderful) would be there forever.
I don't have any answers, either, so I guess the current union system is the best we've got. But it seemed like at the hospital when the contract came up, it was always about MONEY. Well, I already felt that I made a very good hourly wage - I wanted them to concentrate on the stinking staffing! But that always seemed to get pushed by the wayside in favor of more money. I finally realized that all the money in the world wasn't worth working under those conditions!!