Quote from WestCoastSunRN
That's interesting. I don't work for a unionized system, but I sort of feel like our nurses benefit from the union hospitals in our area without having to be in the union. If that makes sense.
I've heard that, too, particularly from a friend of mine who worked in LA. It may just be that my region has notoriously pitiful unions, lol.
There was a huge push for Magnet status in the area of NC where I worked, which may have played a role in my experience. In addition to patient satisfaction, the hospitals were invested in nursing satisfaction, lowering nursing turnover, and promoting shared governance.
Off topic, but I also think that you may have better luck working in an area with a bunch of hospitals rather than a single system. When one hospital has a monopoly, you may see more issues with low salary and negative nursing culture, since nurses have few employment alternatives. In moderately-sized or large cities with several systems, the hospitals have to compete for the best staff.