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You are absolutely right and as part of our newly ratified contract we now have a very clearly defined floating policy.

Good luck to you.:spin:

We have a decent contract for the next couple years. Our committee does a good job of protecting patients and improving care.Once we took a strike vote that showed them we were unified. We didn't have to strike but I would strike if all alternsatives failed.

I am so glad you have a clearly defined floating policy.

I admire your Association. You were truly heroic in your actions for your hospital, your patients, and your profession.

http://www.massnurses.org/bu/UMass/index.htm#

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We have a decent contract for the next couple years. Our committee does a good job of protecting patients and improving care.Once we took a strike vote that showed them we were unified. We didn't have to strike but I would strike if all alternsatives failed.

I am so glad you have a clearly defined floating policy.

I admire your Association. You were truly heroic in your actions for your hospital, your patients, and your profession.

http://www.massnurses.org/bu/UMass/index.htm#

Thanks so much and thanks for the great link!

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Well I voted to authorize a strike because management was making cuts that would have decimated our fine nursing staff.Nurses and our families need and deserve health insurance.

We require the respect of an answer to our concerns and information requests. We require sufficient staff and equipment to provide safe, effective, therapeutic care.

We ALL work together chief of staff, enviornmental services, and clerks.

I will go on strike rather than let OUR hospital bean counters let our patients suffer and die.

very well said right now my hospital refuses to negotiate with us .they are trying to blackmail us into agreeing to pension plan before they will even discuss wages insurance etc.we have been without a contract since sept .we have had 2 informatonal pickets ,passed out fliers have done newspaper and tv ads still the hospital wants to give 1.5 % raise over 3 yrs double and triple our healthcare copays add copays gut our pension cut hrs inc mandatory ot.etc yet if we strike its because we are "selfish or looking for money and don't care for our pt's"is what others have posted .bull.they have already hired scabs.i have been a nurse for 20yrs .i am an excellent nurse but i refuse to work for nothing be under appreciated and not be able to provide myself and my family now and in future .

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very well said right now my hospital refuses to negotiate with us .they are trying to blackmail us into agreeing to pension plan before they will even discuss wages insurance etc.we have been without a contract since sept .we have had 2 informatonal pickets ,passed out fliers have done newspaper and tv ads still the hospital wants to give 1.5 % raise over 3 yrs double and triple our healthcare copays add copays gut our pension cut hrs inc mandatory ot.etc yet if we strike its because we are "selfish or looking for money and don't care for our pt's"is what others have posted .bull.they have already hired scabs.i have been a nurse for 20yrs .i am an excellent nurse but i refuse to work for nothing be under appreciated and not be able to provide myself and my family now and in future .

Hang in there.

You will be ok.

YOU DO DESERVE MORE!:)

www.picunurses.net/video.htm

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"DISAGREE ALL YOU LIKE WITH MY OPINIONS ON STRIKING, BUT DO NOT SINK AS LOW AS TO INSULT ONE'S EDUCATION AND PROFESSION. THAT JUST MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A JERK WITH LITTLE RESPECT FOR OTHERS". Post # 50 Ezra73

:uhoh3: Now that would be the pot calling the kettle black!

when have i insulted one's profession? in fact, i commended spacenurse. why not try reading the whole thing rather than picking and choosing little tid bits of stuff in order to attempt to win an argument or make me look bad.

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a strike of any kind by a healthcare provider (actually, its usually only RNs) disgusts me. it puts patients at risk...PERIOD.

i could care less if a CEO makes over a million bucks. why not just be angry at every politician that uses our tax dollars to eat the finest foods, drink the finest wines, and travel in luxury jets and/or limos. being a CEO has its perks politically, socially, and with great monetary rewards. THIS IS WITH EVERY INSTITUTION IN EVERY INDUSTRY.

the bottom-line is that quality RNs will walk out the door and leave patients at risk.

almost every union RN here will blast me with some justification for striking, but it will fall on deaf ears because no matter how you attempt to explain yourself, the fact is that you are leaving the bed side. By taking your skills to the picket lines you are doing nothing more than putting patient's lives in danger. you will not be there and you will leave a nurse with less experience to do your job. then, you will blame the institution and/or CEO for this to cover up the fact that you just are sore that your own greed was not met with open arms by the employer that puts food on your table.

What about you? I'm sure you're not working on a M/S floor as an NP. You obviously left for something better; why shouldn't the nurses who are in the trenches deserve better compensation. Are you not also greedy for wanting something better?

I'm astounded that you buy into this. There are plenty of travel agencies that have experienced nurses who make a living going from strike to strike. The hospital is given plenty of time to make contingency plans for a strike. Strikes do not just come out of left field.

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AWESOME post!!! now that's what i am talking about. articulate and to the point without anger or emotional defensiveness. bravo.:yelclap:

you see, i am not out to put myself in a higher position than others. i am just sick and tired of the large number of RNs that seem to act on emotion rather than logic. its ok to be "emotional," but not when you're in a position where one must bargain for this and that...then you just sound whiney and irritating.

what spacenurse is saying is the #1 reason why RNs make the hospital work. i am in the ICU 10-20% of the day...AM rounds, afternoon checks, and if needed. the RN needs to be there all day making sure one's MAP stays between a certain range. this delicate balance of one's pressure could mean the difference between a good outcome and a bad one.

i commend nurses like spacenurse that not only do their job well, but articulate it in a manner that commands respect.

back to my point...if 100 RNs like spacenurse are on the street then who will be filling in his/her shoes to keep people like me from scratching my nose with surgical gloves on doing a bedside procedure? maybe a much less qualified RN...and that my friends puts people's lives in danger.

As a matter of fact, since you brought it up, I found this response to Spacenurse to be quite condescending. As if Spacenurse's intelligence or ability to articulate needs to be validated by you. Please!:trout:

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a strike of any kind by a healthcare provider (actually, its usually only RNs) disgusts me. it puts patients at risk...PERIOD.

i could care less if a CEO makes over a million bucks. why not just be angry at every politician that uses our tax dollars to eat the finest foods, drink the finest wines, and travel in luxury jets and/or limos. being a CEO has its perks politically, socially, and with great monetary rewards. THIS IS WITH EVERY INSTITUTION IN EVERY INDUSTRY.

the bottom-line is that quality RNs will walk out the door and leave patients at risk.

almost every union RN here will blast me with some justification for striking, but it will fall on deaf ears because no matter how you attempt to explain yourself, the fact is that you are leaving the bed side. By taking your skills to the picket lines you are doing nothing more than putting patient's lives in danger. you will not be there and you will leave a nurse with less experience to do your job. then, you will blame the institution and/or CEO for this to cover up the fact that you just are sore that your own greed was not met with open arms by the employer that puts food on your table.

Sorry but this theory simply isn't backed up by real world experience. I have been at 2 hospitals that had strikes and didn't suffer higher incidences of mortality or morbidity as a result. It just hurt admins pocketbooks because they had to pay twice as much for agency nurses to supply the same excellent care they would get any other day. AND furthermore, I now work agency and am far better and more experienced than when I was a newbie staff nurse stuck where I was. So WRONG on both fronts. The notion that agency nurses provide lower quality care is prejudiced and completely unfounded. I have all the ICU skills that spacenurse listed in her eloquent passage.

And furthermore. quality patient care suffers FAR more as the result of the poor treatment of nurses without bargaining power. These include no sleep as the result of poor scheduling, exhaustion from overtime worked as a result of insufficent pay and benefits, unsafe care due to unreasonably heavy patient loads, and harrassment from poorly trained and unprofessional middle management.

I suggest that you actually research the pay, benefits and working conditions of nurses. The notion that we are all spoiled and greedy making over $100,000 a year working only 36 hrs a week with full benefits is a complete fairy tale.

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As a matter of fact, since you brought it up, I found this response to Spacenurse to be quite condescending. As if Spacenurse's intelligence or ability to articulate needs to be validated by you. Please!:trout:

:lol2:

you're really smart.

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Sorry but this theory simply isn't backed up by real world experience. I have been at 2 hospitals that had strikes and didn't suffer higher incidences of mortality or morbidity as a result. It just hurt admins pocketbooks because they had to pay twice as much for agency nurses to supply the same excellent care they would get any other day. AND furthermore, I now work agency and am far better and more experienced than when I was a newbie staff nurse stuck where I was. So WRONG on both fronts. The notion that agency nurses provide lower quality care is prejudiced and completely unfounded.

And furthermore. quality patient care suffers FAR more as the result of the poor treatment of nurses without bargaining power. These include no sleep as the result of poor scheduling, exhaustion from overtime worked as a result of insufficent pay and benefits, unsafe care due to unreasonably heavy patient loads, and harrassment from poorly trained and unprofessional middle management.

so, you sit in on M&Ms for medical/surgical services before and after a strike? if so, then i stand corrected. oh wait, M&Ms are confidential to each service and not discussed with RNs. so, you wouldn't know. this is not meant to be condescending, but the fact is that M&Ms are very closed door in nature and nothing is repeated to anyone but those of us on the service itself.

no sleep? as an RN, you're telling me that there have been times you were forced to work 24hrs? i don't know what to say. its not just me. i work with many people that put in multiple shifts in a row...and i mean 15hrs, 12hrs, 14hrs, a day off, back on 14hrs, etc.. these are NPs/PAs. not to mention the residents. the job gets done. i am happy. they are happy.

i think it all boils down to the breeding and mentality of RNs versus the breeding and mentality of MDs (and/or those that practice under the medical model more so than the nursing model).

do i always love management? no. do i feel like i am overworked a lot of times? yes. am i exhausted a lot of times? sure. do i feel like i have too many patients at times (20+)? absolutely. would i strike if given the choice? no. the people that would fill in for me would not be as good as i am at what i do and that would weigh heavy on my conscience.

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Hang in there.

You will be ok.

YOU DO DESERVE MORE!:)

www.picunurses.net/video.htm

Fatigue causes errors.

It is NOT OK for nurses to be mandated to work overtime.

It is NOT OK for interns and residents to be forced into the brutal schedules they too often have. That is something the medical profession should address.

The University of Massachusetts nurses and their supporters finally got strong floating language. That will save lives. I am an expert critical care nurse. I MUST NOT be assigned patients in L&D, peds, or NICU!

Congratulations to the nurses who held out for your patients, your hospital, and OUR PROFESSION!

RESPECT

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...The union said the hospital is financially sound, pointing to a 38 percent raise chief executive John O'Brien received last year, bringing his total 2005 compensation to $1.27 million...

I figured it out........Ezra73 is really John O'Brien. ha.

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