THANK YOU to the Kansis City RN's

  1. I want to start by THANKING the two RN's

    from Kansis City who were seen on CNN News

    last night. (I believe that they were

    representing the Federation of Nursing.)

    They were featured on the story "Nursing

    Shortage." (The story can be heard every

    hour on CNN. --And NO this is not an

    advertisement for CNN. I do not prefer

    their broadcasting ability.)

    This story was just a start in the battle

    we are "getting" ready to fight. I am sure

    most of us all have already faced

    the 'crunch, but for those who have not, GET

    READY!!! We, as nurses, need to stand up

    and tell our stories just like these two


    I work at a facility that does not have a

    union, but our sister facility does. Most

    nurses from that facility have stated that

    the union has helped them. Others disagree,

    stating that the Union has only taken their

    money. I have never believed in unions,

    maybe because I naver have been a part of

    one. I do believe that our PROFESSION is

    hurting and that something needs to be

    done. Maybe, UNIONS can ba an answer. But

    I was 'told' (by a very respected instructor)

    as a student nurse, that being a member of a

    union is "UNPROFESSIONAL." She told me that

    NURSES should do their own 'fighting.' She

    stated, "This is why we have nursing


    I asked myself the question, "How can

    unions be 'unprofessional?'" Look at all

    those teachers that belong to unions. Are

    they considered unprofessional because they

    are part of a union??? They typically get

    MOST of what they want and also get sympathy

    from the public. (And YES, MOST of the

    time.) My mother is a teacher and she

    belongs to a union that works hard for her.

    She is very well respected of in the

    teaching community. I also know that she is

    quite professional even with a membership in

    a union.

    As our profession moves into the 21st

    century, will it take a union to get the

    ball rolling to make a change? Or can WE as

    a PROFESSION stand up together like these

    two RN's ( Julie and Leslie) did to fight

    for what we believe?

    If you believe that WE as a Profession

    can "hold strong" and fight for ourselves

    please post reply ways each of us can do so

    in our daily lives!!!!

    If you feel that we need help and that

    Unions are the answer, please post reply


    OR-- If you are a Union member and your

    union has helped your working environment,

    please post reply and tell us about it.

    I hope you all think about this and talk

    about it with other nurses.

    Hope to hear from you on the BB!

    [This message has been edited by StaceRacer1 (edited April 20, 2001).]
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  3. by   natalie

    If you go to the General discussion area, you will find a more active area with topics that cover just this. Also, there are PA nurses that are very active there.