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  •  Let me see if I have this right (4+ / 0-)
    The strike isn't about nurses' compensation, but only about patient care?

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    by Rich in PA on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 05:41:17 AM PDT

    •  Exercising professional duty--advocating for (7+ / 0-)

      patients is one of the most powerful things nurses do. Taking that power away would be a big change and detriment to the profession AND it would be a big loss for patients whose only protection at their most vulnerable time sometimes is the nurse who speaks out.

      So yeah, you got that right. Patient care issues and nurses' professional rights are the bigger deal.

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      by ludlow on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 08:25:51 AM PDT

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    •  Patient care,in particular as it relates (5+ / 0-)

      to staffing ratios,does seem to be the biggest driver in this.(as well as a that has painted themselves into a corner)

      I also wonder how much of the gag order language in this contract is fueled by the fact that PA is trying to pass HB 147,a bill that will set minimum nurse to patient ratios? Here is a link to an SIEU page (different union,I know),asking for nurses to tell their stories. Definitely seems that Temple wants to avoid this public discussion.

      BTW, PA researcher, Linda Aiken determined that for each additional patient over four in a registered nurse’s care, the risk of death increases by 7 percent for surgical patients. In hospitals with eight patients per nurse, patients have a 31 percent greater risk of dying than those in hospitals with four patients per nurse.

      As the wife of a nurse,I can tell you safe staffing is indeed a bigger concern to him than his salary.  

      "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

      by tardis10 on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 08:41:00 AM PDT

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