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

    By Kathleen Sharp
    Texas Observer
    May 18, 2007
    On a gray March day, 250 rambunctious nurses wearing rose-colored smocks and waving blue picket signs marched up Congress Avenue. They ascended the Capitol steps in sneakers, clogs, and high heels, determined to cajole legislators into supporting a bill that would cut the number of patients a nurse can be required to care for at one time. Recounting gruesome tales of how skeleton staffs cause misery and pain for patients, the nurses argued that Texas hospitals force them to oversee more sick and dying people than they can handle.
    http://www.calnurse.org/media-center...temID=30533491
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  3. by   BULLYDAWGRN
    Good for them. I wonder if they had any support from the Texas Board of Nursing? I'd happily see the day when something like that would happen in Ms. But then I truely wonder if the public knows how dangerous some nurse to pt ratios are.
  4. by   msdobson
    Quote from BULLYDAWGRN
    Good for them. I wonder if they had any support from the Texas Board of Nursing? I'd happily see the day when something like that would happen in Ms. But then I truely wonder if the public knows how dangerous some nurse to pt ratios are.
    My guess is that the TBON is sitting on the sidelines watching to see how all of this turns out. I would think that being a governmental entity, they CAN'T go out in support of the Nurses (or not.)

    IMO, until Nursing as a whole figures out that to have true power they MUST unite under a single banner and speak with one voice, we will forever be stepped on by the administration of the corporations that now run the health care system here in America.
  5. by   msdobson
    Gee...I should be a union organizer! lol.
  6. by   HM2VikingRN
    Thanks for posting the link...
  7. by   Kyrshamarks
    Texas does NOT need nor do we WANT California nursing unions here in Texas. Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up. That is a pathetic turnout for the CNA. That shows you how we believe here in Texas, we can take care of our own problems and do not need outside agitators trying to do us harm. Oh yeah and CNA...Congratualtions i guess on becoming teamsters...real professional there
  8. by   msdobson
    Quote from Kyrshamarks
    Texas does NOT need nor do we WANT California nursing unions here in Texas. Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up. That is a pathetic turnout for the CNA. That shows you how we believe here in Texas, we can take care of our own problems and do not need outside agitators trying to do us harm. Oh yeah and CNA...Congratualtions i guess on becoming teamsters...real professional there
    You're welcome. Coming to the Union party, then?
  9. by   msdobson
    Let us know where you want us to send your invitation.

    They're engraved and everything! :hatparty:
    Last edit by msdobson on Jun 2, '07
  10. by   msdobson
    [MOUSE]Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up. That is a pathetic turnout for the CNA.[/MOUSE]


    You are absolutely right!

    [hangs head in shame...]

    We were expecting 251...
    Last edit by msdobson on Jun 2, '07
  11. by   joshuaha
    This article actually gave me goose bumps. It is about dang time!
  12. by   msdobson
    Quote from joshuaha
    This article actually gave me goose bumps. It is about dang time!
    My thoughts exactly! But, according to Kyrshamarks, a fellow Texan, the Lone Star State, "...does NOT need nor do we WANT California nursing unions here..."

    Am I to assume that you, as a Texas nurse, do not support her...um...impassioned statement?
  13. by   joshuaha
    I have heard negative things about unions in the past. While I have never experienced them for myself, I think that we as a profession are quite capable of instigating change. The part that I was "Amening" was the proposed legislation for improvment of client care ratios. There is also a general distrust of unions that tends to permeate through TX. Call me bonkers, but I think nursing is about patient safety first and foremost :spin:
  14. by   Ex130Load
    Kyrshamarks, unions do have a role. They give an individual a collective voice that has forced companies and institutions to change, sometimes for the good, other times not. Most companies are in business to make money, and thus, mostly it goes against what they stand for to implement changes that cost money or lowers profits. It is not in Tenet corporation’s best interest to hire more nurses, lowering staff-patient ratios, because more nurses don’t generate larger profits, but instead costs them more. In this case, unions may have a positive role to be played if corporations and legislatures fail to respond for a greater public good. If a union helps implement staffing ratios, that according to all studies I have read improves patient outcomes and lowers mortality rates, I would think that a good thing.

    I’m not giving unions my total, never ending, and sweeping endorsement. They bear a heavy responsibility for the US auto industry looking as it does today. Having said that, I maintain they still have their uses.

    Kyrshamarks—“Oh yeah and CNA...Congratualtions i guess on becoming teamsters...real professional there” Ummm… not sure of this comment. Unions have standards of professionalism. How they are adhered to or enforced varies tremendously. “Locals” may differ from state and national organizations. I would not be quick to sully a union’s reputation on professionalism until I actually see first hand or from trusted sources testimonials of a union at a local hospital, county, etc. My mailman, a union member, delivers mail regularly, is polite and friendly, wears a clean uniform daily, and answers questions to my satisfaction. Having said that, there are union/ex-union members in prison for padding bills, taking kick-backs, etc.

    “Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up.” Ya gotta start some where. Fear of adverse notoriety can be a huge de-motivator if it jeopardizes one’s job and his/her ability to make a mortgage payment. Many corporations look at free speech with a heavily jaundiced eye, especially if the speech can cost them profits.

    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.

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