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If BON protects the PUBLIC, who protects the NURSES?

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BON takes money from nurses for license applications, renewals and everything else. They protect the public and go hard against nurses but who protects the nurses?
Faith? Fate? Destiny?

Or are we just super SCREWED 

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Unions, when they function correctly and when they exist. Otherwise its every man for himself.

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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Agree with @Nurse SMS.

In theory, legislation can also protect nurses (i.e. mandated staffing ratios). However, you need a collective group of pushy, enthusiastic nurses to move something like that through (for instance a large nursing organization like the ANA, or perhaps BONs themselves).

This reminds me of a recent post by a member who was upset about the CA BON's poor service (waiting on hold for several hours just to be hung up on by her rude customer service rep). The CA BON is notorious for terrible service--high licensing fees, ridiculously slow license processing times, several hours long hold times on the phone. This member was trying to get a group of nurses to protest.

But seriously, even if you get the people together, how do you protest a BON? They don't answer to anyone else--they manage and police themselves. Do you protest by just not working in California? That isn't a feasible solution to most people, and it's not like that will make a bit of difference. It's like trying to protest the DMV--everybody knows it sucks, but you just have to set very low expectations, and just sit there and take it because that's the cost of doing business.

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22 hours ago, Peterpan said:

BON takes money from nurses for license applications, renewals and everything else. They protect the public and go hard against nurses but who protects the nurses?
Faith? Fate? Destiny?

Or are we just super SCREWED 

Lawyers.

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scribblz has 3 years experience.

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And that's why it's wise to buy your own insurance! Your institution will protect you only as long as it benefits them and not a second longer.

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