Quote from Jules A
Thanks Juan we must have been posting simultaneously. I wish we were unionized here. Do you think it minimizes our value? I'm unable to be objective due to embarrassment that medical staff realized we need remediation and oversight which we didn't have in the past. When there were only a handful of us it was easy to blend in and see our patients without someone signing off on our charts. The physicians we worked with knew we would seek assistance when needed but other than that trusted us to take care of business.
I think that it is an unfortunate consequence of our increasing numbers in hospitals. It is no longer a matter of an MD working with a specific NP side by side which used to be the case. We have a situation where we have a pool of MD's and a pool of NP's in a specific department or specialty. It is of course not a bad thing but someone has to be the spokesperson for each group.
The union situation is both a plus and a minus. On one hand, it helps us bargain for our pay collectively with a standardized pay schedule and not get screwed over when a new NP gets offered a higher salary yet some older NP's have not even gotten a raise and I've seen that in other places before.
On the other hand, nursing unions like to talk about making sure nurses get their breaks, patient ratios are observed, ceiling lifts are installed, stuff that are of no consequence to NP's but are important to bedside RN's. When a strike is being proposed for those issues, we as NP's have to join in support.
Unions are of course, not typical for NP's anywhere else. I found it odd that we have it here at first myself but academics in universities have unions so I think professionals like us can benefit from having them. The ANA of course would disagree.