hey all. things in ohio are really bad for rns. i've been doing my home work and here's what i have come up with.
be sure to check out this article: http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0310-09.htm
here are my thoughts:
as the health care crisis worsens and staffing levels continue to fall, all registered nurses face an important choice about the best model to improve patient care and the profession.
this choice breaks down to going down a radical path based on confrontation and a path toward building a real national nurse's union based on real partnership and cooperation.
the california nurses association/nnoc firmly believes the best way to improve nursing is to lead nurses down a path to radical conflicts with their hospitals.
despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of rns believe that strikes should only be called in the most dire of circumstances, the cna regularly takes nurses out on strike.
when the x number of uninsured had an opportunity to get health care coverage in california, the cna blocked the effort because the program was not close enough to the single payer health coverage model favored by countries like cuba.
in 2000 the cna endorsed ralph nader for president. nader was, and is, a marginal political figure with no real hope of being in any elected position to advocate for nursing issues.
non-union is better than non-cna
there are currently 100,000 non-union nurses in ca. despite this being the most logical place for the cna to organize, they have spent thousands of dollars in rns' dues to disrupt nurses' organizing efforts around the country.
cna organizers have worked to stop rns from organizing with any other union in ohio, st. louis, chicago, reno, and memphis. this has left thousands of rns without a professional organization or an ability to bargain for improvements.
focus on breaking up existing rn organizations rather than uniting non-union rns
rather than focusing on uniting more non-union rns the cna has chosen to break up and take over existing rn organizations.
in chicago, cook county hospital rns were lured away from the illinois nurses' association with promises of california style wages and staffing ratios. the cna deducted dues before they had a contract and was unable to make any significant gains in wages or staffing.
no plan to protect the entire patient care team
most rns believe that relying on registered nurses to do total care limits the amount of time rns can devote to the care and education of their patients.
despite this, the cna has time and time again left rns in a position where their ancillary staff could be taken away from them.
having no plan to protect ancillary staff could require rns to do housekeeping work or commit to extra hours to fill in the gaps.
top down leadership
rather than building a team of nation rn leaders, in the media all we ever hear from is cna executive director rose ann demoro. if the cna truly believes that rns can speak for themselves, why is the director of the organization the only person who speaks on behalf of the cna?
partnership is bad, except for when it's with us
in numerous places around the country when rns reach agreements with their employers for a fair process by which rns can decide for themselves whether to form a union or not, the cna has worked to block rns from taking advantage of these opportunities.
once these agreements are significantly disrupted the cna will seek exactly the same rules to run their own campaigns.