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An Ounce of Dissension - Texas nurses are getting organized, with help from a veteran California labor activist

By Kathleen Sharp

Texas Observer

May 18, 2007

On a gray March day, 250 rambunctious nurses wearing rose-colored smocks and waving blue picket signs marched up Congress Avenue. They ascended the Capitol steps in sneakers, clogs, and high heels, determined to cajole legislators into supporting a bill that would cut the number of patients a nurse can be required to care for at one time. Recounting gruesome tales of how skeleton staffs cause misery and pain for patients, the nurses argued that Texas hospitals force them to oversee more sick and dying people than they can handle.

http://www.calnurse.org/media-center/in-the-news/2007/may/page.jsp?itemID=30533491

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BULLYDAWGRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU/ER/TRANSPORT.

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Good for them. I wonder if they had any support from the Texas Board of Nursing? I'd happily see the day when something like that would happen in Ms. But then I truely wonder if the public knows how dangerous some nurse to pt ratios are.

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Good for them. I wonder if they had any support from the Texas Board of Nursing? I'd happily see the day when something like that would happen in Ms. But then I truely wonder if the public knows how dangerous some nurse to pt ratios are.

My guess is that the TBON is sitting on the sidelines watching to see how all of this turns out. I would think that being a governmental entity, they CAN'T go out in support of the Nurses (or not.)

IMO, until Nursing as a whole figures out that to have true power they MUST unite under a single banner and speak with one voice, we will forever be stepped on by the administration of the corporations that now run the health care system here in America.

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Texas does NOT need nor do we WANT California nursing unions here in Texas. Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up. That is a pathetic turnout for the CNA. That shows you how we believe here in Texas, we can take care of our own problems and do not need outside agitators trying to do us harm. Oh yeah and CNA...Congratualtions i guess on becoming teamsters...real professional there :confused:

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Texas does NOT need nor do we WANT California nursing unions here in Texas. Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up. That is a pathetic turnout for the CNA. That shows you how we believe here in Texas, we can take care of our own problems and do not need outside agitators trying to do us harm. Oh yeah and CNA...Congratualtions i guess on becoming teamsters...real professional there :confused:

You're welcome. Coming to the Union party, then?

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[MOUSE]Out of a state as large as Texas only 250 people showed up. That is a pathetic turnout for the CNA.[/MOUSE]

You are absolutely right!

[hangs head in shame...]

We were expecting 251...

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This article actually gave me goose bumps. It is about dang time!

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This article actually gave me goose bumps. It is about dang time!

:D My thoughts exactly! But, according to Kyrshamarks, a fellow Texan, the Lone Star State, "...does NOT need nor do we WANT California nursing unions here..."

Am I to assume that you, as a Texas nurse, do not support her...um...impassioned statement?

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I have heard negative things about unions in the past. While I have never experienced them for myself, I think that we as a profession are quite capable of instigating change. The part that I was "Amening" was the proposed legislation for improvment of client care ratios. There is also a general distrust of unions that tends to permeate through TX. Call me bonkers, but I think nursing is about patient safety first and foremost

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