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Growing National Nurses United union steps up strikes in aggressive new strategy

The Washington Post, November 22, 2010

National Nurses United, the largest nurses union in the country, has helped organize strikes or threatened them this year at hospitals in California, Pennsylvania, Maine, Michigan and Minnesota. The Oakland, Calif.-based union has tapped into concerns of registered nurses worried about losing jobs at a time when hospitals and health-care organizations are under enormous pressure to cut costs.

"They have been very aggressive in legislative lobbying efforts, influencing public policy through informational picketing, and willingness to get out there and strike," said Joanne Spetz, an economist who specializes in nursing workforce issues at the University of California at San Francisco. "Love them or hate them, you have to respect their success."

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bbaugher (11/24/2010 at 9:30 PM)
As a LPN for 10 yrs and RN for 6 yrs I have witnessed the decline of the nursing profession. I would like management to come down into the "trenches" and work side by side with nurses to see what we encounter on a day to day basis. Bullying, violence, understaffing, trying to push pt's thru as quickly as you can hoping you don't kill someone because you missed something. Things that are not taught in nursing school. You can only work as quickly as your pt allows you to work. Not every pt wants help, just a place to sleep it off, get feed and play the system because they know the right words to say to get that million dollar workup. It does not matter the acuity of the pt but how many you can push thru in the shortest amount of time. It's not about good care but pt satisfaction. The pt did not get a meal and remote because someone stole it last week and if you come to the ed for abdominal we are not going to feed you because it could delay your care and if you don't understand that if you are hungry enough to eat maybe your not sick enough to be here. But god forbid nurses tell you to be patient because the guy in the next room is having a heart attack or bleeding to death and that is a priorty. Nurses strive everyday to go to work and give the best care but corporate is only interested in how much money they can make. I think unions for nurses is a good idea, maybe if corporate deals with nurses as a group and not individually, like they do Dr's, life would be better for all concerned. Nurses would not be exhausted and could care for thier pt's.