Tuesday, August 22, 2006

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Many nurses at MCHS have expressed dissatisfaction with recent changes in our employment status and quality of patient care. This blog is an attempt to determine if there is enough interest in forming a nurses' union at Moses Cone. In each entry, we will have information posted from other organizations such as the CNA/NNOC with links to their website. Also, we will discuss nurses' rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act to form a union without fear of reprisal.

You are encouraged to leave comments on the blog regarding interests and concerns in a union. You do not have to identify yourself, and feel free to share this blog with other interested nursing staff.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good idea

Monday, September 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am interested in getting the word out to more employees throughout the system but have been discouraged because the few signs that have been posted keep disappearing from the bulletin board??? any thoughts on how we can spread the word???

Thursday, September 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am interested in getting the word spread throughout the system so that employees at all MCHS locations can read about the union ideas. Unfortunately, the few signs that have been posted in lounges etc. keep disappearing from the bulletin boards. any thoughts on how to get the info. out to the greatest amount of nurses.

Thursday, September 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've worked at union hospital in another state...to be employed there, it was mandatory to join the Steel Workers Union...it was advertized that we'd have their strength of many more numbers during bargaining...what really happened is that we, as nurses, had to honor picket lines of another profession...it was union when I went there so we didn't choose to go union, as a person who went into nursing to care for others, my heart was ripped when I had to make a choice as to whether cross the picket line or leave patients without care...not convinced anyone benefitted.

Friday, September 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we should at least consider a nurses union. Maybe a letter to the editor in the local paper would be a way to get the word out to nurses in our area. Or maybe we could put something in the hospital newsletter.

Saturday, September 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended the reward program education today. I was surprised to find that this will help us to not float and allow us to get more based on what we work, up to 4000 dollars which is twice as much as I would have made. Also relief nurses can get this too.

Saturday, September 23, 2006  
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Saturday, September 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the new program. Hopefully it will decrease floating....seems that they are listening and reacting to our concerns.

Thursday, September 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe as nurses the only way to make a change is to stand together as a united group. A union of nurses is an excellant way to be heard and make improvements. At this point in the game, I believe the MCHS has failed to hear the concerns of employees. I believe this failure to listen to employees greatly dangers the care of our patients as well as ourselves. I have had first hand experience when a family member was hospitalized and several of the nurses were floated to the unit....not the best nursing care....I think the MCHS has failed us as professionals and as potential future patients.

Thursday, October 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been in a union...we gave over our voice to people who didn't know us, didn't know what we did, didn't have the same ethics or care...we had to accept a direction that was much worse than we ever expected. We paid mandatory dues ...a huge amount, to an organization that was NOT nursing...it didn't get us what we thought, we were no better off.

Thursday, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how would a union stop floating with the current shortage of nurses?

Thursday, October 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Floating is a symptom of poor leadership and inefficient management. When staff are unhappy, they do not hesitate to call in as it suits them. Unstead of counseling those individuals and taking action, our management choses to punish the entire group with a bonus plan that is unfair to many loyal employees.

The nursing shortage has is the result of many years of poor pay, disrespect and inflexible schedules. In short the greatest cause of the nursing shortage is the hospitals themselves.

A nurses union (not the UAW or steelworkers union) would addres those problems that management not. There would still be some floating, but only to areas that you were comfortable with. Evaluations of each float could be done to address abuses and develope preventions.

People work for different reasons, like the job, pay the bills, desire to help others, etc. With improved job satisfaction, absences decrease, productivity improves, errors are reduced, overall cost decreases and management can concentrate on programs that improve the hospital.

Saturday, October 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, have experience working in a nurse union....I can tell you that every decision took a long long time because the issues we faced in our local hospital might not have been what the national issues were. Strikes, or threatened strikes by sister union states were ALWAYS a possibility...if California nurses struke...then we did also...even though we didn't have the same issues. I learned to save ALOT of money, because I never knew how often or how long we were on strike and there are only token funds available from the union to help you pay your bills....I'm not convinced that our issues are NOT being addressed i.e. floating, call ins, restructuring of the bonus...In our union hospital...we floated too, we did NOT have a retention bonus, and union members (no matter how slack) could not be terminated very easily...

Sunday, October 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if a union would be good for us or not but I think it's ironic that many of the concerns that people have about the union are the same concerns I have about our current situation with the management at Cone. Some say that the union doesn't listen to concerns of nursing and/or have their own agenda, some say that it would be difficult to get rid of substandard employees, some say it takes too long to make decisions...that sounds like the same problems I have with the management at Cone. We need a forum for nurses at Cone that is organized, articulate and taken seriously. It may be that we don't need a union to represent us but if that is the case then we need to represent ourselves. We can and should have a nursing council similar to the employees council that already exists but the focus would be on nursing issues. Most of us can contribute something in a positive way and we should be allowed to do that. It is a shame that we make up the largest group of workers in the MCHS and have such a small voice in matters that are important to us a professionals. We are professionals and we should be represented. If we can't do it ourselves then maybe we do need outside help.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone had any positive experiences as a member of a nursing union?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006  

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