Southern Nurses Better Off Than The Rest? - page 6

You may not believe this (or maybe you will!) but I just heard that nurses from states in the South (ie: Mississippi) recently stated to other nurses at the national American Nurses Association... Read More

  1. by   jodyangel
    Quote from siri
    This thread is over 3 1/2 years old.
    07-06-2002, 12:36 PM
    Sad huh? Nothings changed one bit....
  2. by   Sea Island Yank
    I still stand by my position of being fortunate to work in a well staffed hospital in Charleston. I am too old to put up with the kind of crap you wrote about. I would be looking for another job as fast as possible. In 30 years of nursing my one rule of thumb has been, that if I cannot leave, at the end of my shift, knowing that I gave the best care possible to my patients then I have a moral obligation to say or do something about it.
    I also have not seen the southern belle mentality or demeanor you wrote about. The southern women I work with are not afraid to open their mouths and stand up for their patients. We also have nurse managers who actually do pitch in with patient care. The ICU nurse manager is quite capable of taking an assignment when necessary and has even worked a few weekends and night shifts to help out. He does not get paid to do this as managers are salaried.
  3. by   RNKITTY04
    Helloooooo..... I work in Florida and I have NEVER heard anything about unions.

    They do not exist in Florida.

    We are always short staffed where I work. The other night it was 3 RN to 32 patients.
  4. by   DaFreak71
    Husband is a nurse, we live in Southern Mississippi. He has never heard of mandatory overtime at his hospital and he hasn't heard of too many issues with understaffing. In fact some days he has called in to pick up an extra shift or two and there weren't any vacancies to be filled. He works in the ICU.

    Hope this helps,

    P.S. I am a nursing student and I am around nurses all the time, I've never heard one say the words "mandatory overtime".
  5. by   dizy
    I have often said, " If those who make the rules would come down and work with the ones the rules are effecting, those rules might change. I think it should be made mandatory !!
  6. by   ctnjason
    i know many nurses in Montgomery, AL that absolutely get kicked around and crapped on. High pt ratios, low pay, you name it.
  7. by   TiddlDwink
    I'm in Alabama. It's a Right-to-Work state. I've lived and worked as an RN here for 20 plus years, at 4 different hospitals and 2 different home health agencies. I've never even heard of a union for nurses here.
  8. by   Mulan
    This thread is 10 years old!

    Currently, how about low census, cancellations, and lack of hours.