Chico David

Chico David BSN, RN

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  1. BE CAREFUL on social networks

    Again, to clarify: your constitutional rights of free speech are vis-à-vis government action. Not anything your employer might do. There have been a number of well publicized cases in the last year of employers firing people for having a bumper sti...
  2. BE CAREFUL on social networks

    There was another recent posting - thread now closed - by a nurse who got in trouble over a Facebook posting. I have some direct experience with this - as a union steward - and a fair amount of second hand knowledge. Here are a few basic things to ...
  3. Nursing Unions: Pros and Cons

    There are a number of things I could add to this, but will just focus on one: the idea that "bad" nurses can't be fired in a union environment. I've had 13 years in management and 12 years as the chief steward for the union at my hospital, and that ...
  4. Taking on a management position in a unionized hospital

    This isn't exactly unbiased, as I am a volunteer steward for my union, but I also spent 13 years in management, so I do have both perspectives: And I note the thread is pretty old - sorry you didn't get more helpful advice - you've likely made your c...
  5. If we had a conservative nurses forum

    I'm well aware that libertarians favor some form of government, but all the libertarian writings I've read claim the government ought not be in the business of regulating things to ensure public health and safety. They would claim that it's your job...
  6. Top 10 Reasons Against Unions

    And while we are at it, we obviously should do away with licensing for nurses - that's just about the government trying to ensure quality care and public safety and we don't need the government for that - the free market can handle it - just like the...
  7. If we had a conservative nurses forum

    It seems to me that it's hypocritical for a libertarian to be going into nursing - or medicine - since both are professions in which a government issued license attempts to assure quality of care and the safety of the public - something libertarians ...
  8. New national nurses union forms

    Short form update: both on the organizing front and on the political/social movement front, NNU has been pretty active. More members in more states, including places like Texas and Florida that have hardly been hotbeds of union activity. Making sub...
  9. Old union, new union or no union

    Several quick thoughts: it sounds to me, if I understand correctly, that people at your hospital are trying to set up an entirely independent union, not affiliated with any larger organization There are places with single-bargaining-unit unions that...
  10. Co-determined board

    The whole thought process of German employment is very different than here. The attitude of cooperation appears to cut both ways there - employers try to treat their workers decently and unions try to cooperate with the company. For such a system t...
  11. State Nurses' Association

    So I'll take pity on the poor student and try to help: First, complicated subject. All the below is my opinion - coming from the perspective of someone very involved in a state association that does do collective bargaining. Some state nurses associa...
  12. Is there a union in texas for nurses?

    True - you can find them online. They (we - I'm a member in another state) currently represent about 6 or 7 hospitals in Texas - I can't remember where all of them are, but I know they include Corpus Christi, Brownsville and McAllen. And in areas w...
  13. RNs pack hearing,renew call for staffing bill..........

    One of my personal little hobby horses: the biggest thing holding back nurses is nurses. Our self-sacrificial, fearful and co-dependant natures that prevent too many nurses from being willing to stand up for themselves. Every time we go into bargaini...
  14. RNs pack hearing,renew call for staffing bill..........

    Couldn't agree more with that - every person dependent on a health care facility for their survival and well being deserves the quality care that ratios provide. But it's a heck of a fight to get them won. A few miscellaneous comments: I came into t...
  15. Sympathy strike...would you do it??

    You may have some sad surprises coming - I just got to listen to the most amazing tape recording - Dave Regan talking to a bunch of local union leaders from SEIU Kaiser just a few days ago. Spinning like mad trying to put a positive interpretation on...