Another day, another dollar. Let’s face it…it’s really all about the money. And I hate to be blunt, but if nurses were paid more, they wouldn’t be complaining as much about being understaffed. Let’s be real. However, strikes never really end with nurses getting more pay.
I’ve been there; working a floor with a load of patients on your hands, stressing to meet set protocols of the hospital, dealing with families, on-time medication passing, cracking judgement calls under pressure. The whole nine yards. But, let’s look at both sides.
On the unionized side, yes, we need to fight for higher wages, better benefit packages, and better staffing ratios. I’m all for sticking it to the “man,” just like anyone else. Hell, for those of you who don’t know, being a nurse is a stressful job. Now, I’m not saying that I am entitled to have your sympathy, but I strongly believe that the nursing profession should certainly rank as one of the most stressful jobs in healthcare/customer service. Literally, people can be a bunch of bastards at times. And to have to take care of a handful of them can really #facepalm everything out of you. In addition, there will be days where you won’t get as much as a “thank you,” in return. I should really be able to hold a tip jar at work…now I’m ranting. Lol. Sorry. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it’s like as a military veteran. Anyway…
Regardless, I personally believe that unions are a subtle way of saying “organized crime.” But, that’s just me. This goes without saying that my views could change over the next several years. After all, I am technically still a baby in the nursing profession.
In any case, you know who suffers the most from all these strikes? The patients do. Now, I won’t say that I’m a super nurse (like some are) and care about all my patients. Let’s be real, there are some patients I would go over the hill for. And then, there are some that I couldn’t give two licks about. That’s customer service transparency for you. According to #PaulSisson, Sharp Healthcare initiated steps to reduce patient demand by delaying non-emergent cases. This goes without saying emergency rooms triage the hell out of cases anyway. But regardless, if you’ve ever been a patient before, you would know that waiting around to be seen by a medical professional is a pain in the buttocks in itself. The problem with unions is that they don’t care about the consumer. They care about the your paycheck; both getting more for you and taking more at the same time. They would swing open the idea of a strike in a heart beat, as long as they are getting a piece of the action; which I will get into.
As a new grad, to read that Sharp will be requiring all new grads to pay union dues, is an atrocity (Leone, 2016). Where’s my say in this? Why can’t I decide where my money goes for myself? Afterall, I work for the damn thing. Even though the wages are good, I wouldn’t have any financial freedom against unions? Why would anybody think that’s appealing in the job market? I don’t really feel the need to be paying an organized group to fight for me. Those prices add up. I’m educated, independent, strong-willed and persistent. I could fight for myself thank you very much. And honestly, nurses who buy into this bs, really need to get a reality check. I’m with the administration here…if you 2000+ employees want to go on strike…fine. #byefelicia. I’ll go and hire a 2000+ employees in the competitive market pool who would love your job. If your job isn’t paying you right, why the hell are you sticking around? Get your ass up and go compete in the market yourself. #entitledAmerica.
Also, as a side note, what drives me insane is reading that “only the full-time workers receive health insurance, of which they must pay part. The part-time or contracted workers do not receive health benefits (Leone, 2016).” I have to agree with which ever Sterile Processing Technician insinuated that Obamacare is another term for a whackjob. If I was a part-time employee, having to pay insurance dues and not even getting insurance is stupid. I wouldn’t even come to work. I’d be on the intercom, screaming “F*** the Freeworld,” like B-Rabbit’s last freestyle battle in the 8-Mile. Way to go Obamacare. Let’s take care of the ones who don’t work, before the ones busting their chops.
Happy hunting. Cheers,