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  1. AltecRN

    CNA's Union-Busting in Ohio-An Open Letter

    Pardon me but the title WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN OHIO REGARDING CATHOLIC HEALTH PARTNERS, SEIU, AND NATIONAL NURSES ORGANIZING COMMITTEE/CALIFORNIA NURSES ORGANIZATION by a Registered Nurse Who Was There gives that impression. And why not include that the author's job is as a major NNOC organizer in Ohio. I think that bit of info is very important. My interest is in learning the facts of the situation, not in hearing more propaganda from one side or the other. Unfortunately I have yet to see a factual, unbiased report on the situation. I will continue to search though.
  2. AltecRN

    CNA's Union-Busting in Ohio-An Open Letter

    No and I never claimed to be. The origional post by RN Power Ohio seems ti infer that the author was part of the RN's employed by the hsopitals in question. I'm simply saying that posting the letter/article without proper background information is misleading. In order to have proper perspective it would be nice to include that information.
  3. AltecRN

    CNA's Union-Busting in Ohio-An Open Letter

    It's nice to protect the authors anonymity but it might be more informative if you also included that the person that wrote this is NOT an employee of the hospitals that were involved and her role in fact is as a major NNOC organizer in Ohio. Her view might be a bit biased on the subject. (I received her email so I know who it is).
  4. AltecRN

    CNA's Union-Busting in Ohio-An Open Letter

    It is interesting to me that in all this discussion it hasn't really been addressed that Ohio has an established organization that is representing thousands of Ohio RN's - the Ohio Nurses Association. Ohio RN's do not have to look to outsiders for good representation and negotiation of labor contracts. If you are an Ohio RN who would like union representation think about contacting the established Ohio RN advocate the ONA.
  5. AltecRN

    Ohio Nurses Speak Out

    pardon me but lets be accurate, you say it was on the ona website "not long ago". this is very old information. it refers to the 107th congress (2001-2002) and we are now in the 110th. hb 78 was before the 124th general assembly. we are now in the 127th. we need to look at what is the reality of today rather than using old information as if it were reflective of 2008. while i would not dispute the statements that were made back then we need to look at today. we are now in a post 9/11 world. the war on terror; bioterrorism; a global marketplace; and a never-ending war all have taken a toll and changed our priorities. you cannot separate the issues we face in health care and nursing from what is happening on the larger world stage. we are an aging nursing workforce with the vast majority of us getting closer to retirement each day. we still have not been able to address the shortage of nurse faculty and clinical placement site issues in a manner that assures a steady supply of nurses to replace the aging baby boomers. we see more nurses getting advanced degrees and filling voids in the primary care arena. the cost of health care continues to outpace other sectors of the economy and the number of uninsured and under insured people continues to grow placing increasing demands on an ever more fragile economy. technological developments have changed the care delivery model dramatically and our “flat world” economy is changing the face of every aspect of our world including health care. resolving the nurse shortage is multifaceted as was stated in a report ona prepared for gov. strickland just last year. it stated, “ohio, like most states, is facing a burgeoning shortage of nurses. efforts to address the shortage are two-pronged—recruitment of new nurses into the profession and retention of existing licensees.” with respect to retention, the report goes on to say, “retention of the existing, experienced nurse workforce is essential if ohio is to assure accessible, safe care for its citizens. environmental issues are most often cited by nurses as the reason they leave direct patient care. ergonomic factors and staffing issues are among the environmental factors that affect the decision to remain at the bedside.” in response to that observation, ona has worked to establish through legislation incentives that would encourage facilities to institute safe patient handling policies and procedures. in addition, ona has been working on the staffing principles legislation and other bills related to the shortage of nurse faculty members. while many would like to point fingers and complain that these efforts do not go far enough they are at least steps forward. we have also invested time and energy resources in the nursing 2015 initiative that holds a great deal of promise for a better future for nursing if we can keep the passion, patience, and persistence going in a way that sustains what has already been accomplished and keeps the momentum going. those who would scrap all that we have accomplished really offer a promise of nothing better to take its place. i hear a lot of rhetoric and complaining but have seen little in the way of concrete action that can truly have an impact given the real world of ohio politics.
  6. AltecRN

    Ohio Nurses Speak Out

    I'm a rank and file member and could never presume to speak for anyone but myself. I'm certainly in no position to address what would be policy issues and positions for ONA.
  7. AltecRN

    Ohio Nurses Speak Out

    As an ONA member I can say that the local units were advised and consulted during the period of decision making. This was not a decision made lightly and there is over a 2 year history of events that led up to this decision. Unless one knows the facts and the history leading up to the decision made by Ohio, New York, Washington and Oregon it is unfair to base one's ideas on rumors and innuendo. It was not the board of directors that made this decision, in fact in Ohio they are legally prohibited from making that type of decision. There is a council of unionized members within ONA that makes those types of decisions. Not sure whose is spreading rumors but they need to check their facts and the law. And just because the decision was made to disassociate from UAN does not mean they are not associated with a national organization and are not protected from "raiding".
  8. AltecRN

    Ohio Nurses Speak Out

    You are making value judgements to match the fact the only thing you will except is specific nurse/patient ratios. You also seem a bit politically naive to think we can immediately change all legislators minds to agree on this subject. The current proposed legislation is not ineffective and meaningless, it is a beginning. As far as vested interest on the part of legislators there are many issues one would think all legislators have a vested interest in yet they can hardly agree that the sky is blue. I would like you to show me that statistics that there are enough nurses currently in Ohio today to staff for ratios? I do not think that patient/ratio staffing is radical but many lawmakers do. Remember we are in an election year and politicos will tell you many things to get your support. No one is overlooking the safety factors and mortality rates but unfortunately in politics and law-making one has to "play the game". I do not think nurse/patient ratios are wrong but do feel there is a more effective way to work towards solving the problem than spinning my wheels for something that in the current atmosphere is just not going to happen. Along with advocacy and fighting the right fight is taking off the rose colored glasses and being realistic. I applaud your enthusiasm but am saddened by your naivte.
  9. AltecRN

    Ohio Nurses Speak Out

    The Ohio Nurses Association does support HB 346 for several reasons: - this is not looked on as the end all and be all of getting reasonable staffing levels in Ohio. Currently there is no legislation in Ohio related to RN staffing. This is a foot in the door and one that has the support of a number of legislators. It is realized this is not the best that can be done BUT for those familiar with Ohio politics it should be obvious that this is the best we can expect to have a decent chance of passing at this time. When you start out it is better to have half a loaf rather than no loaf. - Ohio is not California, it is a conservative state ( I mean this in the general definition of conservative) A strict Nurse/Patient ratio staffing bill would have no chance of passing with the current make-up of the Ohio legislature, particularly the Ohio Senate. Pushing a strict ration law will only turn off those "fence-sitting" legislators that are needed to get an initial bill passed. - It has been argued that California tried a similar law before the current ratio law and it didn't work but there is a point there - they took steps. By going with the initial law they were able to demonstrate that more was needed and it lead to the development of the current California ration law. Think the old phrase "baby steps" Solving this situation is a process not a one step program. Part of getting good legislation passed is educating and persuading people to listen. If you start with the most radical solution you turn too many people off and nothing gets done. I have one final question at this time. If a Nurse/Patient ration bill were passed in the next several months where would we get all the nurses needed to meet the standards set. Our efforts need to be geared on a number of fronts including getting more adequate compensation for Nursing faculty, enlarging the nursing population and working for legislation to make a safer environment for our patients and our selves. Proposing radical solutions that look good and get people all riled up make for good sound bites but are impractical to implement at this time, turn off people needed to help us meet our goals and are not constructive solutions to the challenges facing all nurses.