Will there be enough replacement nurs...

Will there be enough replacement nurses to cover the strike?

There are 102 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 2, 2010, titled Will there be enough replacement nurses to cover the strike?. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Robin Oliver is prepared to hear chants of "scab" or worse when she is bused past striking nurses and into a Twin Cities hospital next week, but the Norman, Okla., woman believes her role as a replacement nurse empowers those on the picket lines.

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Norma

Isanti, MN

#1 Jun 3, 2010
Certainly there will be enough to cover the one day strike. Nursing managers and nursing executives who have not done patient care in 15 years will be required to actually touch a patient. This is a good thing. Perhaps it is the only way they will understand what the nurses issues are. Nursing is a profession where the decision and policy makers have no idea what bedside nurses are even talking about.
They have no practical, hands on experience of patient care.
It's like Tony Hayward, British Petroleum CEO, telling the guys on the drilling rig to "go faster" when they are telling him there's a problem.
Sure, there will be coverage on June 10th, between flustered managers, and scabs flown in from Bohunk Alabama. Then what? I'm sure the brilliant CEO's have a plan, right? Just like Tony Hayward.
zingbopper

Alma Center, WI

#2 Jun 3, 2010
What a bunch of arrogant pigs, I wish they would lock them out and replace ALL of them , like Reagan did with the air traffic controlers in the 80's, that shut those bone heads up. Same deal here. I got your raise right here ladies.
Minneapolis Rn

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jun 3, 2010
Looks like all the scabs are coming from the South. It's time for the Hospitals to start talking to their Nurses. We want Minnesota Nurses at the bedside.
neek

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jun 3, 2010
zingbopper wrote:
What a bunch of arrogant pigs, I wish they would lock them out and replace ALL of them , like Reagan did with the air traffic controlers in the 80's, that shut those bone heads up. Same deal here. I got your raise right here ladies.
Although I'm fundamentally opposed to unions. If you have not worked in the healthcare industry...you should keep you mouth shut or do some extensive research on hospital finance and employment. Nurses are being held responsible for more and more patients per nurse lately related to financial cut backs made by hospitals. Also, many nurses are male...what do you have for them?!!? Where would you have their raise? HUH?
MN RN

Mankato, MN

#6 Jun 3, 2010
If anyone had any idea what it is like to be a nurse on any given day and all of the stress that comes with it, they would not be posting uninformed comments bashing nurses. Before you start talking bad about the nurses and calling them "greedy pigs", you should get your facts straight. I am tired of everyone thinking that all we want is more money. The nurses are not even about the money, you must have us confused with the hospitals, toyota, BP, AIG, etc..... they are the ones that are about the money and who cares what happens to the poor people in the mean time. If you think they should replace us with a nurse who only cares about the money and not a nurse that cares about her patients safety, GO FOR IT. Pathetic!!!!!
Pete Wendell

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jun 3, 2010
Will there be enough replacement nurses to cover the strike?
...and permanently fill those positions?
Andy

Buffalo, MN

#7 Jun 3, 2010
MN RN wrote:
If anyone had any idea what it is like to be a nurse on any given day and all of the stress that comes with it, they would not be posting uninformed comments bashing nurses. Before you start talking bad about the nurses and calling them "greedy pigs", you should get your facts straight. I am tired of everyone thinking that all we want is more money. The nurses are not even about the money, you must have us confused with the hospitals, toyota, BP, AIG, etc..... they are the ones that are about the money and who cares what happens to the poor people in the mean time. If you think they should replace us with a nurse who only cares about the money and not a nurse that cares about her patients safety, GO FOR IT. Pathetic!!!!!
Poor you. You're lucky to have a job.
Norma

Isanti, MN

#8 Jun 3, 2010
zingbopper "like Reagan did with the air traffic controlers in the 80's"

Hyuk Hyuk that'll teach 'em. Then we can weaken all unions, so all the jobs will go to China and we can all work for pittance, so the boss man can get rich. The working men of America will roll over and play dead so we can buy cheap stuff from Walmart. Yep, that'll teach those uppity wimmim nurses. How is that working out for you, zingbopper?
Pete Wendell

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jun 3, 2010
MN RN wrote:
If anyone had any idea what it is like to be a nurse on any given day and all of the stress that comes with it, they would not be posting uninformed comments bashing nurses. Before you start talking bad about the nurses and calling them "greedy pigs", you should get your facts straight. I am tired of everyone thinking that all we want is more money. The nurses are not even about the money, you must have us confused with the hospitals, toyota, BP, AIG, etc..... they are the ones that are about the money and who cares what happens to the poor people in the mean time. If you think they should replace us with a nurse who only cares about the money and not a nurse that cares about her patients safety, GO FOR IT. Pathetic!!!!!
You're not about the money? Then why aren't the nurses offering to cut their pay in order to hire more nurses and therefore get better staffing (which is what they say is their goal)?
Norma

Isanti, MN

#9 Jun 3, 2010
Andy: "You're lucky to have a job."

Not lucky. Determined, industrious, intelligent and ambitious maybe. Luck has nothing to do with it. Only mice settle for crumbs. What are you?
Pete Wendell

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Jun 3, 2010
Norma wrote:
zingbopper "like Reagan did with the air traffic controlers in the 80's"
Hyuk Hyuk that'll teach 'em. Then we can weaken all unions, so all the jobs will go to China and we can all work for pittance, so the boss man can get rich. The working men of America will roll over and play dead so we can buy cheap stuff from Walmart. Yep, that'll teach those uppity wimmim nurses. How is that working out for you, zingbopper?
Will all the union nurses be in China?

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Since: Jun 08

Woodbury

#12 Jun 3, 2010
Andy wrote:
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Poor you. You're lucky to have a job.
Sure, we nurses are lucky to have jobs. Our patients are lucky to have educated, skilled, dedicated and professional nurses to care for them. What we are fighting for is the right to have a say in how the hospital units are staffed - would you want to be cared for by a nurse who is stretched too thin, who has too many high acuity patients to care for safely? That, is what is happening right now - to increase profits and bonuses for administrators, nurses are being required to care larger and larger patient assignments, without regard to patient acuity, and it is becoming impossible to give our patients the kind of care they need and deserve.
This pending strike is all about you, about our patients, about our ability to care for you safely. At a union meeting yesterday, we were asked how many of the nurses present would give up any pay increases if we could assure safe staffing ratios - every nurse there raised his or her hand.
Norma

Isanti, MN

#13 Jun 3, 2010
Some of the misogynist comments make me realize one thing. If any of these wimpy jealous crybabies had to work ONE shift as an RN, they would melt into a quivering mass of jello, crying for their momma's. I am sick of these fools bashing nurses.
Yes, we work hard, we are employed, we are union, we are strong. We are what built this country. I refuse to apologize for that. If that threatens your glorious manhood, that's not my problem. Get out of your pajamas and get over it.
outraged RN

Mankato, MN

#14 Jun 3, 2010
Pete Wendell wrote:
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You're not about the money? Then why aren't the nurses offering to cut their pay in order to hire more nurses and therefore get better staffing (which is what they say is their goal)?
**why should the nurses have to cut their pay when they are working for an organization that is making a profit year after year. Nurses deserve every cent they are paid!! The reason why nurses are striking is about patient safety, the hospital only wants you to think it is about money.
Norma

Isanti, MN

#15 Jun 3, 2010
Pete Wendell "You're not about the money? Then why aren't the nurses offering to cut their pay in order to hire more nurses and therefore get better staffing."

Because as long as they have clowns like you on the hospital payroll, sitting in your air conditioned office and paid for doing nothing but bash nurses, is proof they must have money to burn.
Many of hospital management have already been busted posting comments. If they can waste money on lazy pencil pushers like you who don't have enough to do, I don't think nurses who actually work for a living need to take a pay cut. You don't fool anyone.
zingbopper

Alma Center, WI

#16 Jun 3, 2010
Norma wrote:
zingbopper "like Reagan did with the air traffic controlers in the 80's"
Hyuk Hyuk that'll teach 'em. Then we can weaken all unions, so all the jobs will go to China and we can all work for pittance, so the boss man can get rich. The working men of America will roll over and play dead so we can buy cheap stuff from Walmart. Yep, that'll teach those uppity wimmim nurses. How is that working out for you, zingbopper?
Take another toke Norma, this has nothing too do with jobs going too China, where did that come from? We dont need unions anymore, those days are gone. Most employers reward for good work without some thug threataning a lawsuit over some penny ante crap. Stop belly-aching nurses, get back too work, silly girls
Not a Scab RN

Las Vegas, NV

#17 Jun 3, 2010
It disturbs me to hear all the aggressive, mean comments on this subject. This is why nurse have a union in the first place. I support the right for nurse to make CHOICES for themselves without government interference. If you want to strike for a day, that is your RIGHT and yes, someone has to care for the patients in the meantime so you can prove your point. Hiring replacement nurses will hit the organization hard in the wallet and make them think twice the next negotiating time. The fact that there were "federal mediators" present at the negotiating table is also a concern because a nurses strike of this magnitude in this concentrated of an area COULD threaten your right to strike a la air traffic controllers. I would prefer risking my safety traveling to and crossing picket lines to protect nurses right to make their CHOICES than have the government step in and MAKE the choice for them. BTW a "SCAB" is a union member that crosses the picket line. I would call that a hypocrite but SCAB works just as well I guess. Let's be respectful and professional about this. The nation is watching...do you really want to portray our profession as a bunch of blue collar THUGS??????? We have come too far to go backwards.
Also, go easy on management, people. I've done that job and it SUCKS. That's why there are so many vacant positions in management. If you think it is all gravy, DO THE JOB before you bash them!
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jun 3, 2010
Minneapolis Rn wrote:
Looks like all the scabs are coming from the South. It's time for the Hospitals to start talking to their Nurses. We want Minnesota Nurses at the bedside.
"We want Minnesota nurses?" True enough, but if they're not smart enough to know what "essential services" means, I don't want them working on my grandma. I think there will be plenty of job openings in this strike takes place. Just like with the P-9, the aircraft crontrolers, Noethwest mechanics, etcetera. Hey public school teachers, are you paying attention?
Not a Scab RN

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Jun 3, 2010
Norma wrote:
Certainly there will be enough to cover the one day strike. Nursing managers and nursing executives who have not done patient care in 15 years will be required to actually touch a patient. This is a good thing. Perhaps it is the only way they will understand what the nurses issues are. Nursing is a profession where the decision and policy makers have no idea what bedside nurses are even talking about.
They have no practical, hands on experience of patient care.
It's like Tony Hayward, British Petroleum CEO, telling the guys on the drilling rig to "go faster" when they are telling him there's a problem.
Sure, there will be coverage on June 10th, between flustered managers, and scabs flown in from Bohunk Alabama. Then what? I'm sure the brilliant CEO's have a plan, right? Just like Tony Hayward.
You had my attention until you had to go here: "scabs flown in from Bohunk, Alabama" You should talk: Where IS Wyoming, MN, anyway? Besides, there are no nursing unions in Alabama so that would make those REPLACEMENT nurses NOT scabs. Ooops! Your ignorance is showing!!!
Jo Jo

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jun 3, 2010
Why are 80% part time?

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