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  1. First, I'm over 50 and staring a new carrier. I'm also resent graduate from a 2 year RN program and obviously older than almost all of my classmates. While this is totally off subject I can't help but put my 2 cents in. First, you can be absolutely sure that if any of my fellow male classmates had done this to a female patient during a clinical rotation, they would have been bounced out of the program no questions asked and rightly so. They would be lucky if the hospital didn't press charges for abuse! mofomeat, do you have any follow up on what happened to this "gaggle of classmates"? I've often had this discussions with my wife and a some of the older nursing students and a few of the nursing instructors, about the maturity level of some of the younger students, both male and female. Perhaps there should be a minimum age to qualify for nursing school? Based on what we see and what they talk about (young students), you can talk Professionalism all you want but IMHO it comes down to having the maturity to know and understand what being Professional really means and obviously this "gaggle" didn't have it. Granted, this is not to say that some older more experienced people have the required levels of maturity either. Some people grow old and die without every being mature responsible people and some people will have the maturity needed at a young age, but It's been my experience that most don't. I've no idea as to the "proper" age should be, but I think it's something that should be considered during the nursing school admissions process. Back on point - no, it would not bother me if a female patient requested a female nurse for whatever reason. In my short carrier, I have had female patients that were ok with me doing everything except personal care, that's were they requested a female nurse and guess what, not an issue.
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    Nursing Unions: Pros and Cons

    I am a recent graduate and have been at my first job for about 6 months. The hospital where I work is union so as a condition of employment I had to agree (forced) to join the nurses union. My state, Michigan just become the 24th state with a 'right to work' law prohibiting unions from collecting fees from nonunion workers. I worked my way through nursing school but have never worked in a unionized business, this is my first experience with unions. In my very short time as a union member I was asked (told) to write my state representatives and the Governor to not sign this legislation into law. I was given form letters and petitions to sign and mail, and asked to "donate" my time and money. We were told by the union if this legislation passed, management would roll back all the negotiated improvements in work rules, benefits, wages and retirement. A lot of time, money and energy was spent on fighting this legislation, but it became law anyway. What is the outcome for the local union? You guest it, a lot of union members are now quitting the union since membership is no longer a requirement. It's amazing how many die hard union members bailed on the union when they no longer had to pay union dues to keep their jobs. Don't get me wrong, the union is still alive and active, but at this point I'm not sure how effective they can be with it's membership dropping. I've no hard numbers but just talking to people here, anecdotally 30 to 50 percent say because union membership is no longer a requirement for employment they are out. As for me, I'm still undecided on what I'll do, stay a member or leave. I guess my decision will depend on what actually happens within the next 6 months. If the union basically becomes impotent and is on life support due to lack of membershp I see no reason to stay. At that point it just would be kinder to just admit there is nothing more to be done and the union cannot recover; so go ahead an just pull the plug, employees vote to decertify.