Quote from lizz
There are 500,000 licensed RN's nationwide who have already
left the bedside and don't work in this profession anymore because of low pay and lousy working conditions. They've already gone out on strike ... they just didn't do it in an organized fashion.
Are you also going to criticize half a million RN's for putting patient's lives in danger? Or, are we going to wake up to the real problem that's causing the nursing shortage.
In an ideal world, no one would ever have to strike. But, even with the nursing shortage, management is hell bent on screwing RN's out of decent pay and benefits. Nothing else works but a strike.
If wanting a decent pension and not wanting to be destitute in old age makes RN's greedy ... so be it. We are we supposed to do ... work until we literally drop dead in old age so some corporate CEO can make millions more?
And you think management isn't greedy? You think the cuts in pension and other RN benefits is going to patient care? :chuckle
Of course not. It's going to go to management bonuses and hospital profits ... like that 38 percent raise the CEO got.
If RN's are greedy by going out on strike then, I say ... hell yes ... greed is a very good thing. RN's have to stand up for themselves and not take this crap from management anymore.
yes, i am going to criticize those nurses. i sometimes put in 18hr days caring for 20+ patients on my own. i have a ton of responsibility and i have to be sharp even when i have not had a bite of food in 12+ hrs. i am not afforded the luxury of breaks...i take a break in the elevator. i am EXPECTED to stay hours after my shift is over if THE PATEINT NEEDS ME.
i chose this profession knowing that sacrifices might have to be made. i accept this and i know that when all is said and done, i have made a difference.
you are absolutely delusional if you think management is screwing RNs over with regards to salary. please tell me how many other jobs out there allow a person to go to school 2 years longer than high school and make over $60K/yr soon after graduation!!! RNs make a lot of money...especially in the northeast.
RNs striking over salary is, sadly, an example of what our society has become nowadays. people want MORE for LESS. if you're fat, just take a pill...oh my if you have to actually work-out at the gym 5 days a week. we need to stop this ME ME ME attitude and get back to the basics when earning a dollar really means EARNING A DOLLAR.
there are aspects of my job that i hate...but i do it. why? cause its my job and i have a responsibility to my employer and ultimately my patients. if i don't get a break because my patient crashes then i don't complain because its my responsibility to make sure i am THERE to solve the problem. i see RNs complain all day long because they need a break. boo hoo. you're not a cashier at the local grocery store, you're responsible for people's lives. deal with it or leave the profession.
hospital profits? duh! do you think we live in a utopian society where money just falls off trees? even hospitals have to make a profit to remain open. the Govt (well, our tax dollars) only goes so far. management/administration accounts for a very small portion of a hospital's actual expenditures, and not all of them make six figures.
the fact is, a union is a very powerful entity that can cripple a hospital. we all know that a hospital can function without phlebotomists, CNAs, and other various techs. however, RNs are NEEDED. this demand puts a union in a position where it can place a strong-hold over management. when the demands are unrealistic to hospital management, well, a strike can occur. now what? patients suffer and the hospital is crippled. people think less of the institution and avoid going there. patients get scared. all is bad.
in the end, the hospital just might give in to some/all of the demands simply to restore order and return to normal function...i hope you are all happy.