Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Friday, May 6, 2011

Nurse Unions: Florence Nightingale Doesn't Work Here Anymore

National Nurses United marked National Nurses Week this year with strike threats at six hospitals in five states, winning increased staffing levels in some locations and beating back health care cost hikes in others.

Timed to coincide with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, Nurses Week is pushed by the American Nurses Association to honor its members. But while the ANA, forever dominated by nurse managers, marks the occasion with fact sheets and webinars proclaiming its commitment to “flexible staffing plans,” the nurse unions that broke away from ANA are finding that a stiffer spine wins the day.