If You Don’t Participate Now You May Hate Yourself Later

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For a Limited Time Only, you will have the opportunity to get the deal of a lifetime – How often have you heard that line?

You’ve seen it a million times. Yet, it’s surprisingly true because the time has never been so full of change for public sector nurses. As the expiration date of the contract between the Ventura County Nurses and the County’s Health Care Agency goes further and further off into the sunset the pressure is mounting because of what lies ahead.

As a negotiator on the bargaining team, I can say that talks have been carefully planned as the looming presence of the County’s upcoming conversion to Heath-E-Connect, a new electronic health care record is coming to every public sector health care provider as of July 1, 2013.

This, along with national news is about to put an end to a five year stagnation of wages along with the erosion of pay due to increased contributions toward retirement funds and taxes for county health care workers. Time is on our side, the spark of change is burning and the fuse is running short, the nurses have a stronghold that makes our future bright.

In less than a month Health-E-Connect (Cerner), will go live and in three months, Ventura County will become partners with the federal government to become an insurance exchange for Obama Care. The California Nurses Association Bargaining Unit has not had this many advantages to make our voices heard for better pay and working conditions in a long time. In fact the serendipity of the situation gives me goose bumps, because the time has never been better to draw a line in the sand to propose a financial package that will send the nurses into a happier future.

So NURSES: RNs, LVNs and PSYCH-Techs, Don’t miss out. Come to:
The Cafeteria Conference Room at VCMC to Discuss YOUR future

Published by thenursesnurse

The Nurses Nurse, an RN-owned organization assisting fellow RNs in career management and advocates for the recognition and advancement of the nursing profession.Created by Rita Batchley, BSN, RN a professional with 25 years of nursing experience, her motivational materials are designed to increase job satisfaction and enhance healthcare practices.

4 thoughts on “If You Don’t Participate Now You May Hate Yourself Later

  1. Hi
    Thank you for sharing this post with us.  Knowledge of patients’ understanding is of great importance for nurses in their effort to meet patient expectations and for quality of nursing care.


    1. Nurses are excellent collaborators in the delivery of quality, affordable health care. Thank you for checking in and engaging in meaningful encouragement for what nurses do best- care with compassion, knowledge and commitment.


  2. The County taking on Obama Care should open opportunities for nurses. I would think we would see positions for Case Managers and possibly an entire department devoted to this new plan, not to mention positions for nurses caring for the increase in inpatient filled beds. The ED is already impacted holding inpatients almost daily. We need a plan to help move patients through the ED before we have an influx of more patients. We also need to recruit and train nurses for our future state. Training can be expensive, but there is no price for patient safety. Change can be good even though it is difficult. I say bring on the change but give us the resourced we need to see it through!


    1. #Nurses are great advocates of proactive care and cost-saving analysis; more CFOs of health care agencies are embracing our ideas as Accountable Care Organizations, #ACO , become the standard for quality, affordable medicine. Implementing more RN case managers is an excellent idea to speed up ED throughput.Just yesterday I was discussing how one RN’s assessment could have saved a hospital $100,000 by initiating a needed sepsis protocol. That would more than pay a year’s salary, for the work of one assessment follow through!


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