In terms of reflecting on the nursing “unionized” status, much attention was paid to the creation of a relevant secure environment where they could perform. Conventionally, the nursing engagement in healthcare unions allows them protecting their positions in front of the employers and government healthcare agencies. Going further, it is to note that they obtain a particular chance for enhancing their current workforce status, ameliorating the working conditions and increasing the goods and medical services provided in their social package (Azar et al., 2018). Consequently, they could improve the general performance at the working place and acquire new social preferences in the aspect of their professional practice. Unfortunately, when a nursing practitioner does not pertain to any specific group of a healthcare organization, it seems rather difficult to protect the direct interests of the employees in front of the healthcare affiliations.
Furthermore, the fact of being unionized has a significant influence on a workforce culture of safety. According to the actual healthcare policy, when a nursing practitioner enters a medical union, he or she receives exceptional rights for being secured, insured and protected at the working place. In other words, all potential work-related injuries, unexpected traumas in a real clinical setting and even personal disputes with the patients (in the court, for instance) can be covered and assured by the union. As a result, nursing practitioners have an opportunity for receiving “immunity” at their working place and ameliorating the workforce culture of safety respectively. Referring to the application of MSN Essentials, it is worth remarking the concept of “Quality Improvement and Safety” that has a unique impact on the provision of high-quality medical services (Fervers et al., 2015). By pursuing this principle on a daily basis, nursing practitioners are responsible for improving the patients’ healthcareoutcomes and guaranteeing the realization of their healthcare needs in ordinary practice. Subsequently, the participation in a healthcare union permits them to enhance the quality and coherence of the provided medical services and being protected from the patients’ complaints or misconduct at the same time.
Azar, A., Maldonado, L., Castillo, J. C., & Atria, J. (2018). Income, egalitarianism, and attitudes towards healthcarepolicy: A study on public attitudes in 29 countries. Public Health, 154, 59-69.
Globalization and healthcare policy: A Fervers, L., Oser, P., & Picot, G. (2015).
A union has the power and strength of numbers to negotiate enforceable contracts that identify working conditions, the role of nurses in fixing standards of care, when nurses work overtime, pay scales, benefits, procedures for vacation-scheduling and other time off. The first national scale data on facility level unionization reveals that “unions are more common in nursing homes with more residents, in hospital-based or chain affiliated facilities, and in facilities serving a higher proportion of Medicaid patients” (Surratt, O’Grady, Stivers & Chen, 2014, p. 317). With new federal policy proposals aimed at decreasing the cost of organizing workers, policymakers will want to consider the potential impact of nursing home unionization on worker, patient, and market outcomes.
The first national scale data on facility-level unionization demonstrates that unions are more common in nursing homes with more residents, in hospital-based or chain-affiliated facilities, and in facilities serving a higher proportion of Medicaid patients. Policymakers will want to consider the potential impact of nursing home unionization on worker, patient, and market outcomes (Surratt, O’Grady, Stivers & Chen, 2014). Unions have also lobbied successfully for higher state mandated minimum staff to patient ratios, which can improve working conditions across the industry while putting a floor under negative employment effects (Pardee, 2012). Through unions’ effects on the quality and quantity of nursing home staff and on the terms of employment, unions also have the potential to meaningfully impact resident outcomes.
MSN Essential 2 is Organizational and Systems Leadership. This essential emphasizes the importance for prospective nurses currently studying in graduate programs who develop strong leadership skills. This is because nurses interact regularly with patients and are often required to make big decisions on the spot that have long term consequences. Contrary to popular opinion, nurses today are not meant to only serve as primary caregivers. Rather, their role has expanded to include providing consultation to patients and families as well as having the authority and influence to help patients reach the best possible decision regarding their treatment options.
Surratt, H. L., O’Grady, Stivers, Y., & Chen, M. (2014). Understanding the power of unionization in health care. Journal of Nursing Leadership and Management, 23(3), 314-320.
Pardee, B., 2012. Question of the month. Should nurses be unionized. Journal of Nursing, 69(5), 19.
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