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Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can



Nurses know they are in high demand. They know they are not easily replaced. They know their skills—for the most part—cannot be outsourced. Because of all that, they know they don't have to tolerate a dysfunctional workplace.



2 comments on "Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can"
Dan (1/6/2012 at 12:18 PM)

I'm old (experienced), and have worked management, IT, etc, in every role one can imagine. I've seen money tossed down the drain in earnest pursuit of quality despite my repeatedly despite my Cassandra predictions of failure. Restructuring "experts" refuse to use the simple, but difficult route of simplifying structures of care by increasing the ratio of nurses to patients, decreasing the number of hours required of nurses to decrease stress, or increasing nursing involvement in financial management decisions. When administrative overhead decreases, and nursing investment increases, my skepticism will finally fade away.
Kevin Reilly (1/3/2012 at 8:23 PM)

John, I enjoyed reading your opinion piece and totally agree with your analysis. I was employed by the California Nurses Association during the explosive growth years of 1996-2002. Today, it is even easier to organize nurses due to the glaring conflicts of corporate medicine and its control of our health facilities. Whether by outright ownership or contractual controls, corporate health care puts nurses at odds with patient needs and nurses know it. It's easy to choose sides when the picture is so clear. Kevin Reilly, MSN, RN Twitter@ReillyRN510 Skype: kevin.reilly64