I must say that I was pleasantly surprised that despite working for what may be one of the prestigious hospitals, that you decided to vote YES. I work for a community hospital in MA, and they are doing everything possible to convince nurses to vote NO, and based on what I have been hearing, it appears their lies are working. I was appalled when one nurse said to me that if the law passes, that she would not get the yearly bonus which varies, last year she got $700. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but she is willing to put patient's lives, safety, and her license at risk because of a mere $700. That to me sounded insane, not to mention depraved!!
Having 6 or 7 patients, not to mention having 2 self-care patients (those are pts that are not assigned PCAs) on top of that makes the practice incredulously unsafe. Also, having one PCA, to care for 40 pts, means the nurse will have to provide more selfcare even though they are already assigned. I work 12hr nights (sometimes 16hrs when mandated), and lunch time is almost non-existent, so for the life of me, I cannot see how voting NO will improve pt safety. I yearn for the day/night when I can be a nurse-meaning, I am there for my pts, instead of running around like a crazy person. I do not know why they continue to use the term, "bedside nurse" when nurses have no time to spend at the bedside.
I must also say that I try to understand why nurses would vote NO, and friends of mine that works in hospitals that are well staffed feel comfortable at their jobs. However, we cannot be selfish because our hospital is well staffed. Will you have that job forever? don't you care about the other nurses who are risking their licenses daily? Most importantly, what about pt safety? Those are questions that I continue to ask, and to date, have not heard a response that makes sense.
Sacrifices must be made for the greater good! We MUST remember where the profession of nursing is coming from; from being a "yes man" to everything doctors said to gaining autonomy. Those efforts included sacrifice, and we continue to fight to become independent as nurse practitioners. We are getting there, but this divide is not helping. We must remain UNITED to continue improving this great profession.
This site is typically used only by healthcare professionals, so those wanting to make real change should get out there, knock on doors, campaign, do everything possible to educate the public because they believe these commercials that they will be turned away due to lack of staffing. MA is not short of nurses!! In the days when there were nursing shortage, facilities would recruit student nurses and groom them for employment once graduated. They would also pay sign on bonuses. Those things are no longer happening because nurses are a dime dozen in this state. I know 7 new grads who pass the BOARDS since July and have yet to get a job despite applying to a minimum of 5 jobs each. My friend is a manager at a LTAC and they had 1-10 with pt's on vents and tele. Come on nurses, how can that be safe?! we cannot be SELFISH on this journey. Do not just think about your prestigious jobs, remember that there are other places out there that are abusing their staff and putting pt's lives at risk because they fail to hire nurses.
I am voting YES!!