First, you need to organize. All the individual nurses cannot do what a labor union can. I'm so happy to be union, particularly now. There is a team of people who have done nothing, full-time but advocate for more PPE , and keeping our employers accountable for all aspects of this pandemic
As a result of our union, we had a major victory here in MN three days ago-
A state law passed that says any HCW, who has direct patient contact is entitled to full workman's comp if they are out of work for covid, either confirmed or suspected quarantines.
This is a huge victory- previously, all of our hospitals were arguing we were not entitled to this (as are most places around the country) as we would not be able to prove that we got it at work
The law says that the employers have to prove we didn't get it at work.
And if they cannot prove it, they must pay out full compensation for the total length of time we are out of work
I'm not saying anyone shouldn't speak up- I still make calls a minimum of 3x week to all my local politicians, national, and my governor..
But for God sake's people, if you are not union, start working on that too
I can promise you that at the end of all of this, all the union nurses are going to come out on the other side much better than non-union