I wasn't trying to get you mad. I was just making a point.
And you just made an important point very clear also.
I have yet to have a pro-union nurse speak to me in a professional manner about why I should join a union. You say that collective bargaining is nurses talking with nurses. The nurses who brought in the union at our hospital met in secret, didn't share their reasons with a great number of us, spoke in public in a very derogatory way about the place a large number of us love to work at and in general embarassed us in the manner in which they chose to do so. Now they want to know what we want them to bargain for in a contract if we get to that point. So you tell me who the professional is here. After seeing what we saw of how they went about it, many of us didn't want any part of whatever they were doing. So much for nurses talking with nurses. They didn't do their homework very well did they?
I have been a nurse for well over 20 years and have never felt the need for anyone to speak for me. I have taken advantage of the opportunities to speak and to participate in being part of the solution.....not the problem.
I have been on many committees that have effected great change and increased nurse satisfaction over the past years. It has also contributed to pay increases and the pay goes to the nurses and is not shared with a union in dues.
I applaud the efforts to introduce nurse patient ratios because we all know that patients need closer nursing supervision and nurses can not keep up the increasingly stressful pace they have been under. I respectfully suggest that the law as it is at present, does not have enough room for individual judgement according to circumstances and patient acuity and in some cases is too restrictive.
HOWEVER.................I have a great deal of respect for anyone who works as a professional nurse and I have been known for being very vocal and very supportive of ALL nurses. So, this is not in any way to put you down or to be argumentive.
With all due respect, I appreciate the fact that you feel this is a great thing but there are many nurses who don't feel the same. We all have to support each other and encourage each other regardless of our differences and through that maybe we can come to understand each other also.
Together, perhaps we can all come to some sound decisions for all of us.
If we can all get to that point, it will be a great thing.