I am a registered nurse in California, and am disgusted by the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling that strips full-time charge nurses of their rights to unionize (Oct. 9, p. 6). Unionization protections have led to safer patients in the U.S.
RNs are some of the most responsible professionals in the U.S., and many function under comprehensive nursing practice acts that require these licensed workers to place patient safety first. This new ruling by the federal NLRB puts charge nurses in the camp of nonunionized workers who put the best interests of their employer first. What a conflict of interest!
I expect this kind of nonsense from an unmonitored group of political appointees responsible to no one but the president who appointed them. None of them are nurses and have never done my job or one remotely like it. Because I direct an aide to give a patient a bedpan or teach that aide to walk a patient safely to the toilet does not make me an employee who can hire, fire, or discipline.
This ruling has a hidden agenda to gut the growing power of nurses to speak up on behalf of their patients. It is one more anti-worker attack against some of the most respected professionals in the U.S.
Janice L. Howe