Saddle Up! - page 2

An Ounce of Dissension - Texas nurses are getting organized, with help from a veteran California labor activist... Read More

  1. by   fleur-de-lis
    I have not worked as an RN yet, so I cannot comment on that part of this, but I have worked for a unionized electricial company before doing their books. This electrician had himself (owner) and 2 other electricians, plus one or two apprentices. The amount of paperwork that I did every month for the union was astounding. Not to mention the 3 separate checks I cut to the union every month!

    This was a very small company. I cannot imagine doing this on the hospital scale. Obviously it is done in many areas, but I wonder if the added costs associated with unionizing would actually end up hurting nurses and patients. Budgets are tight as it is, and the big hospital systems would probably have to hire people just to do the mountains of paperwork for the unions. As a future Texas RN in less than 3 months, I am not sure I want to go that route.
  2. by   pickledpepperRN
  3. by   msdobson
    Quote from Ex130Load
    msdobson--Three postings in 11 or so minutes. They collectively struck me as catty, an in your face take that attitude. A picture of a kid sticking out his tongue, thumbs in ears, and fingers wiggling completes the scene to me. Maybe, I am wrong about that perception. Is there a constructive or relevant message/theme I missed in your three back-to-back postings? Please help me; I am struggling with your comments.
    No, that just about sums it up. Outstanding post by the way.
  4. by   mgordonlvn
    Since almost 70% of the nursing force in Texas is comprised of LVN's, don't you think it would have been a good idea to include the "other than RN" population? Who do you think was taking care of their patients while they strolled up Congress?

    Texas? Hell yeah I'm Texas...bleed orange... Am I a nurse? Licensed Vocational...and damned proud of that too. I am so f'ing sick of the "professional" nurse BS I could scream!

    The last thing we need is ANOTHER reason for our RN shift supervisor, house supervisor, DON, or whatever to excuse themselves from the business of taking care of OUR patients. UNION SCHMUNION...load of horse-pucky if you ask me.

    When we as nurses begin to stand up to administrators and say "No, this is unsafe," only then will things change. Union or not.

  5. by   johnwaynehair
    I believe the "teamsters" comment was in reference to the CNA rep being a former Teamsters organizer and NOT a nurse of any type (LPN, LVN, RN, or even CNA). I think there is real resistance to people from out of state coming to Texas and telling us what we should do, as opposed to asking we nurses what we need help with.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    She lists plenty of research regarding why safe staffing saves lives and eases suffering.

    Hospital Staffing Levels

    Safe Hospital Staffing Level: A look at the research

    Advance for Nurses May 14, 2007 edition has two letters to the editor degrading the Texas Hospital Patient Protection Act (HB1707).

    Two Texas Nurses Association (TNA) members write that "it will not improve patient care for Texans"; "that mandatory ratios (which have not proved to be effective)"; and, that "Texas already has whistleblower laws that adequately protect us (nurses) from reporting unsafe conditions; haven't you all heard of Safe Harbor?"

    One writes, "this bill was initiated by the California nurses' labor union"; the other writes, "this bill is a push by the California Nurses Association."

    I will address the last comments first. Are Texas nurses a part of the American legal system? Do we not enjoy the freedom of collective bargaining for safer patient care, better working conditions and benefits?

    The first writer insinuates that a labor union is a heinous entity. The American Nurses Association has long encouraged and recognized the nurse's right to collective bargaining.

    The question that needs to be asked and answered: why did Texas nurses have to turn to California for assistance with the sad state of patient safety in some of our hospitals?
  7. by   tsotsi
    Getting organized in the state of Texas is long overdue especially down by the boarder states where nurses are treated like third class citizens by doctors and humanity of pts is not regarding because they are not knowledgeable in r/t their healthcare. I walked away from this 3 years ago and hope not to never practice down in the valley again. I have moved to CA and I love it.