Hospital-nurses scorecard

Who won and lost with the final deal that’s been negotiated between area nurses and hospitals? Here are the proposals from each side and the result.

Subject What the nurses wanted What the hospitals offered The deal Winner
Staffing Nurses wanted hospitals to budget all units at no less than 115 percent of capacity. They asked hospitals to set nurse-to-patient ratios for particular units. No change from current practice. No change from current practice. A commitment to addressing both parties’ staffing issues through the existing committee systems at the various hospitals.
Salary 4.5 percent salary increase for each of the next three years. 0%, 1%, 2% increase in each of the next three years. A wage-only agreement with 0%, 1%, 2% increase in each of the next three years.
Pension Preservation of retirement benefits via pensions. Cutting the pension fund. Nurses said it would reduce their retirement benefit by one-third. Pensions benefits preserved.
Scheduling No proposal indicated Increase number of days they can cancel a nurse’s shift at the last minute from 3 to 15 annually. Dropped
Patient care Contract language requiring that proper equipment and planning are in place to protect patients in case of disease outbreaks such as the H1N1 virus. No proposal indicated. Dropped
Technology Asked for contract language that ensures patient care is enhanced by new technology. No proposal indicated. Dropped
  • So much for unions being the destroyers of our economy, I suppose.

  • Dave

    So the nurses “won” on only two issues; scheduling and pension benefits. That says to me that those were the things that really mattered to the nurses, i.e., what they were ready to strike about.

    Yet the spin we got from the nurses union was that this was really about patient safety.

    Not trying to rip on the nurses, but it does make one wonder.

  • LJ

    I’ve heard from both EMT staff that work at those hospitals and nurses involved in the strike that it was always about the money. They just spun it to make it look like patient safety. It’s all about good PR and how you say it.

  • gk

    No one wins in a strike. I don’t call settling

    for a 0,1,2% raise, it being about the money.

    If it was about the money, we could have pushed for 3,3,3% like Regions and other hospitals around the country are giving their nurses.

  • Nicholle Lotfalla

    seems to me the nurses were only in it for personal security..

    new medical options arising in the future i bet.. the medical industry needs some competition i would figure.. and some need jobs, while others won’t settle for .. crappy.. care.

    : p

  • bj

    I think the staffing one might actually be a nurse win. The hospital’s had proposed a number of staff reduction proposals. Shifting nurses from one station to another on demand. So my oncology nurse might end of on a pediatrics station. Or how about a nurse that has not been trained on oncology drug preperation being assigned a cancer patient with chemotherapy.