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  •  How does a caregiver strike work? (1+ / 0-)
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    Who takes care of the patients during a nurses' strike?

    •  Patient care during strikes. (3+ / 0-)
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      Pesto, Sychotic1, 4Freedom

      Prospective patients go to other health care facilities. Elective procedures are postponed or directed to other facilities.

      Within the hospital, so called management employees with the proper credentials perform the nurse duties. Scabs are brought in to maintain services. You can fly in a whole bunch of nurses from Manilla, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Mississippi to take up the slack.

      You also have a pool of family members who probably would volunteer to help out.

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      by fredlonsdale on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 07:34:25 AM PDT

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    •  a few more points (9+ / 0-)

      First, in health care, unions are required to give a 10 day notice of a strike.  In theory at least, this gives the hospital time to stop elective admissions and transfer patients to other facilities.  Also, nurse unions typically offer management a conduit to contact the union and ask for help in the event of a genuine patient emergency - in other words, we say: if you have a patient you can't care for with the resources you have, contact us at this number and we will send in the nurses needed to care for that patient.
      Then there are management and other non-union nurses - often staff education people, case managers and the like who have the necessary qualifications to care for patients.
      Finally there are a number of temp agencies that specialize in providing scab nurses - not from outside the country, but mostly from non-union states in the south.  The prices that charge, as discussed above, are very high.  So this hospital can staff as well as it wants to, but the price it pays for it is pretty significant, hopefully giving them a strong incentive to settle.
      Also, despite claims to the contrary, some of those temp agency scabs are nurses with dicey histories who have trouble finding a job elsewhere.

      "I was asked what I thought of the mainstream media. I said I thought it would be a good idea" - Amy Goodman.

      by Chico David RN on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 08:17:06 AM PDT

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      •  One of the problems with scabs in this computer (0+ / 0-)

        age is that you need to know how to use the hospital's computer system. You can't get medications or order needed procedures if you don't know how to use the computer system. It causes significant delay while management runs around from scab to scab to input their computer requests for doctor's orders and medications.

        One Nation, One Health Plan. Doctor and Nurse Recommended Single Payer Health Care for All!

        by ludlow on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 08:33:18 AM PDT

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