How many really know what it is to be an employee at will? I stumbled across a good web site that explains it. I think anyone out in the work force needs to have a good understanding what their rights are.
Feb 18, '04
Really? You realize you can be fired anytime for any reason (with the exception of age, sex, religious, ethnic discrimination). You wouldn't have it any other way?
Personally, I would rather have a contract. Firing without cause just seems unethical, if not illegal.
With the cost of health care going up and up, hospitals are looking for cheaper ways to provide care. More expensive, better experienced nurses are being forced out of jobs for the newly recruited nurses. This is difficult to prove but I have seen it happen a couple of times recently.
Last edit by efy2178 on Feb 18, '04
Feb 19, '04
<At will employment is the only way I've ever worked. Wouldn't have it any other way.>
Why? What is the benefit of being at the mercy of your employer as an at-will common laborer? I dont understand why nurses would accept this. Some have said the "benefit" is that you can quit whenever you want as an at-will employee, but you can do that even if you have a contract, so what do you gain from being an at-will employee?
The CEO, the VPs, the DONs, the supervisors, the Doctors, just about every professional in the place has a contract with the employer. They wouldnt even consider taking the job without one. And they had a say in determining their contracts (like deciding what their salary, benefits, perks, and terms of employment should be). Why should staff nurses not expect and demand to be given the same professional respect?
Nurses themselves are the ones keeping this profession oppressed.
Last edit by -jt on Feb 19, '04