I agree replacement nurses cause some disruption during negotiations, however, most I have met care about nursing as a profession. Their act of crossing a picket line is about money. It is not a statement about nursing or patients.
Let's face it - this is not an issue about patient care as the line implys, nor is it an issue between staff nurses and replacement nurses. It is between the adminstration (facility), who wish to compensation nurses with the lease amount possible and the staff who wish to be paid what they are worth.
Let's not fight with those who cross the picket line, they are few in numbers, have no authority, are not the decision makers or winners and they do not determine the final outcome. In fact they charge excessive fees to keep the doors of the hospital open. The hospital continues to pay liability insurance, electricity, water, supplies, retirements, doctors and payroll and all during a time of low patient loads and therefore reduced income. They are also exposed to greater risk of errors using an unfamilar staff . If the hospital actually closed, transferred all the patients and turned out the lights, they would save millions of dollars and be less likely to sit at the table to negotiate. We may believe those who cross the picket line do us a dis-service, then again, that might not be true. Having been on both sides of this table, I feel assured they are just as concerned about what it is costing to keep the doors open currently as they are about what it might cost them to settle.
The fight is not with those that cross the picket line - the fight is with those that caused the picket line.
Nurses must support each other to protect nurses, not patients'.