Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Union Question
Honestly, I would not have applied to this hospital had I known about the union. Florida is a right-to-work state, so I'm not required to join the union or to pay dues to the union. Personally, I'm against unions for nurses. I know that many nurses are strongly pro unions for nurses. I have many reasons and I feel I can look at the issue objectively, as I have been a member of a nursing union in one hospital for whom I worked and I have worked in a hospital that has a union to which I did not belong because I was a travel nurse. I'll talk about my reasons in another post.
My main concern here is that I wonder if I will feel pressured to join or will be ostracized as a new person for not joining the union. I've already done a week of orientation and really want to get in the CVICU and see what it's like. I thought about pulling the plug, as my husband says, but feel obligated to at least give it a try after the hospital has invested the cost of the classroom orientation in me.
The presentation by the union representatives was disappointing. They gave historical information to the nurses, a couple of who have very little nursing experience, that was incorrect. I didn't say anything, but I felt very uncomfortable with what was said.
How will this work out? Time will tell.