Here is an article I found that talks about the formation of a nurses’ “Super Union”. I’m not sure how I feel about this move. I can see pros and con to such a formation. Although I do understand that to make any changes in our profession we need to be political, I still don’t want to lose the actual reason I became a nurse–patient contact.
This move may actually, at some time in the future, help our profession. However, I am in need of some help in the “here and now” and so are my patients. I am seeing my patients being charged more and more and receiving less and less care. This has to stop.
Anyway, read this excerpt below, and if interested please click through to the entire article.
Three Nurse Groups Merge to Create Super Union
The three major nurses’ organizations in the country have come together to form the largest registered nurses union and professional association in U.S. history: National Nurses United. Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association make up the 150,000 member national organization.
After meeting last month in Minneapolis, the leaders of the National Nurses United announced that they will be holding a convention December 7–8 in Scottsdale, AZ. From now until December, each organization will have its own national convention to approve the pending union with the purpose of creating a stronger national movement of direct-care RNs.
National Nurse United also plans to put emphasis on the protection and expansion of patient rights and RN professional practice. To accomplish such goals, National Nurse United hopes to promote Senate bill, S. 1031, the National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act. The new merge will also focus to strengthen nurses’ voice in the national healthcare debate.