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Unions – Merit – Safety

Every now and then, I get all highbrow and actually read the professional nursing journals that come in the mail. I think it compensates for the moments when I’m doing something so mundane at work and think to myself, “Geez, I can’t believe they pay me for this.”

So, I’m sitting on the couch after work, feet up, debating on blogging something personal versus something “nursey”, and there in the middle of reading magazine number two, there is a small sidebar about union activity. (Remember last year, I posted twice about Union reps stalking our hospital perimeter.)

Anyhow…

In a place I have visited, even rode the hilly streets, there is discord between nurses and the ever so mischaracterized management, Washington State. Oh my.

I didn’t know nurses had unions in Washington State.

The magazine blurb was small: After six months of negotiation, contract talks between Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (a hospital in the Puget Sound area) and 1,400 registered nurses remain deadlocked.

I did a little looking up of stuff since I don’t know much about Washington State’s economy, unemployment rate, minimum wage, etc…This is an interested tidbit I found.

Under Washington’s current law, the minimum wage goes up every January with inflation. The Employment Security Department said this year’s minimum wage hike affected more than 67,000 workers.

Here in good old Central Florida, we have merit raises. That’s it.

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I don’t know what to think about this. I looked up more online about the situation at Providence. I read nurses’ comments about the nurse patient ratio in Critical care being 3:1, about people being held in the ER for 24 hours because there are no beds. Yikes!

I am sitting upright and saying to the computer “Yes, yes, get your voice heard, more staff, more safety!”

Then I remember dabbling in management, the headaches, the pressure that comes from way up there, somewhere, I don’t know, and I understand that everyone is frustrated.

So I’m going to blame POTUS and ObamaCare. It’s probably childish, but I’m going to do it anyway.

I’m going to bed early so I get a good night’s sleep before work tomorrow.

Our department is leading the board when it comes to overtime.

It’s been crazy.

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What Would It Take

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There is a group of about 250 nurses in Nova Scotia that have gone on strike. A large percentage of them work in surgery and dialysis units. They are striking because there is legislation being presented; get this, to take away their right to strike. When you search the Web, there are bold links with titles like “Heart Surgeries Cancelled Because Nurses Are on Strike”

It makes me wonder — what would drive you to go on strike? Cut your family’s income in half? Take you to that place in your head, come on, you know it would, where you squelch a little bit of guilt that some patient is dealing with an agency nurse who doesn’t know where to find anything on the unit.

I’d suck it up and clock in.

Where do you draw the line when you wake up and make that decision about going to work?

I’ve blogged for a year, made this a site to share little anecdotes ( some funny, some tender, some a tiny, tiny, bit lascivious in humor)and a little bit of politics in the news as it relates to the nursing profession. Anyone want to respond? Anyone, Bueller, Bueller ? Bueller here today?

 

 

 

 

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