A step back

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

At this point in the his­tory of pro­fes­sional nurs­ing, the unions are a bar­rier to the best use of the deep and com­pe­tent knowl­edge and care that nurs­ing brings to pa­tient care (“Uni­fied yes; united, no,” Dec. 14, 2009, p. 6).

The union steals a por­tion of the “Nightin­gale heart” and re­places it with re­sent­ment and anger to­ward true pro­fes­sional progress. Staffing lev­els are a clin­i­cal qual­ity is­sue, which union boss Rose Anne DeMoro, who is not a nurse, knows noth­ing about. This action is a step back for pro­fes­sional nurs­ing care.

Lisa Gif­ford Reg­is­tered nurse and Amer­i­can Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber

Hayward, Calif.

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