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‘We went from heroes to zeroes’: US nurses strike over work conditions

‘We went from heroes to zeroes’: US nurses strike over work conditions

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  1. Same with other “essential workers”. All that term ever was was a media ploy to make nurses, delivery drivers, food service workers, etc. feel “appreciated” while doing barely anything (if even that) to actually compensate them for being at the forefront of potential COVID exposure.

  2. Hospitals calling nurses heroes was more about reminding them that *they* are holding the hot potatoes. Hospitals can cut staffing in half, then let the nurses think its their own fault when patients start dying. No matter how much you *know* its not your fault that you’re overworked and understaffed, people are dying while under your care. It’s hard not to feel that icy stab in your heart. Hospital administration makes the decisions, and the nursing staff suffer the brunt of the physical and emotional toll.

    Nurses need to fight back against the greed and abuse, and martyrdom culture needs to die.

  3. Hospital IT staff checking in. We were called heroes and essential the entire time. When we got a survey asking how we feel working for the company and what can be done to improve relations with staff, we almost universally asked for a raise or at minimum, a bonus. After two weeks, we got an e-mail stating that we were cutting 20% of IT staff. 72 hours later, they got us a couple of handfuls of popcorn and said they were going out of their way to do so, so we should be grateful. We can’t use the argument that they don’t have money, because they just approved a $300 million facelift for one of our nicest hospitals. Don’t worry, I’ll feel like a hero sitting my ass in the unemployment line. If it’s this bad for us, I can only imagine it’s the same for my nursing associates.

  4. >A Corpus Christi Medical Center spokesperson denied staffing shortages at the hospital.

    And here’s how you know the hospital admin is full of shit. Every hospital I’ve ever worked at has had some amount of understaffing. There are never enough nurses even in the best of times.

  5. All essential employees were heroes until that narrative didn’t benefit the corporations that labeled them essential. I really hope we all eventually wake up to the utter bullshit that these parasitic oligarchs have pulled on everyone

  6. What really really makes me sad for nurses is that I feel like a solid 8/10 of them, if they could ask for and receive only a single change it would be for safe staffing levels. It was a problem before the pandemic, and since then I’ve had so many colleagues and acquaintances just give up and decide to quit the field.

  7. Yeah my husband is an ER doc in the second hardest hit hospital in the country. At their last staff meeting they were told their bonuses were likely cancelled, which are offensively tiny to begin with honestly. Additionally their director told them they were all lazy pieces of shit for wanting to leave after their 12 hour shifts. They should stay, which means they expect them to work additional hours for free. Keep in mind they are still in COVID. They still have to wear the painful gear for 12-15 hours a day. But now they have the COVID cases and all the other cases. They are regularly expected the care for over 20-30 people at a time. If you go there you will see patients lining the halls 2-3 deep waiting for beds upstairs. The ER staff are expected to care for them too on top of the dying people they are trying to actively save from ambulances. Yeah these people have continuously risked their lives, and the lives of there families to help the public to get laid off, pay cuts and to be told they are lazy shits. Let’s not even go into the PTSD from the shit they have seen and dealt with in the past year and a half. Serious bullshit.

  8. The general public is capable of respect in two situations: If they desperately need something from you this instant, or if you are really good at kicking a ball.

  9. Fuck the hero bullshit. Fuck the pizza parties, free tshirts and other infantile marketing gimmicks. It’s corporate healthcare. My career is haunted by knowing that it’s all about the bottom line. Patients and staff are just numbers on a spreadsheet.

  10. “Healthcare workers are heroes” was just a new spin on the old “Thank you for your service” routine. As a veteran, i can go on and on about how empty and meaningless that phrase is. People just say it compulsively.

    Every now and then, when i have felt ornery over the years, i will reply with something like “which part?” Or “what do you mean?”

    These phrases and sentiments are spoken for the person saying them, not the subjects.

  11. Nurses are on strike here in Denmark ass well. They want better salaries as their main goal. The lack of any form of gratitude or basic appriciation for fromt line workers are almost laughable, if not so sad. Resent days, there have been several stories of frontline workers, who caught Covid during their work, who has suffered from long term synthoms, and who have been fired because of their long absence from work, because of said synthoms…

  12. Calling someone a hero is just a nice way of telling them you expect them to risk their lives saving others. It’s a guise to make essential workers dying seem acceptable, becuase it frames it as a choice they made out of morality rather than economic desperation and lack of basic safety regulations..

    Fuck America. People who still can’t see that American leadership are narcissistic psychopaths are delusional. They’ll kill us all if they thought it was profitable.

  13. You know they were only calling healthcare workers “heroes” so they wouldn’t walk out during the pandemic right? They didn’t get any special treatment or anything. Just a nice word to incentivize them to show up to work every day. That’s nice and all, but how about giving them a damn raise for risking their and their families lives every day. It’s like the whole “we support our troops” thing. What are you actually doing to support the troops? Putting a sign in your yard doesn’t mean shit.

  14. I have a very good friend who is a nurse in Missouri who told me she’s suffering from “compassion fatigue”.

    She’s had to hold back so hard on these dumb fucks coming into the hospital with Covid refusing to wear a mask, refusing the vaccine, refusing everything up until the ventilator.

    Said the saddest thing is when we tell them the Covid is really bad, how many of them say “Ok I’ll have the vaccine”.

    This is why the vaccine should be compulsory, people are too stupid to understand how it even works.

  15. I’m a grocery clerk, at the start of this they said essential worker this, essential worker are heros that. now our 4$ danger pay raise is gone, covid building back up, and our annual raise paused (after losing the bonus pay and still working during covid), neat. I wish all of our nurses the best. Just wont be surprise.

  16. I am a nurse. The hospital I work at has absolutely GUTTED as much as possible to shore up the losses from the pandemic. Understandable from a business perspective but here’s my issue: with us completely open again they are asking MORE of us now with much less. I worked my fucking ass off to earn my license and let me tell you, the situations I am frequently placed in infuriate me. “Hey, let’s have you simultaneously manage an intubated patient and another patient with severe dementia trying to get out of bed because our new productivity model says you should be able to do this, because, you know, all patients are the same.” It’s fucking unconscionable. It’s like they’re TRYING to break you.

  17. As soon as they started calling people heroes, I knew they were in trouble. What is a hero? Someone who sacrifices for others and asks for nothing in return. It’s not easy being a hero, you’re used to the point of exhaustion and then discarded. Look at how we treat our “hero” veterans.

    Sorry, but I don’t want to be your hero.

  18. Human beings are treated as machines in our society. Essential workers may have been *called* heroes as a means to coerce them into doing more for their respective company, one that doesn’t particularly cost more, but at no point in this were they *ever* considered human. We, all of us, are used and discarded at the convenience of both oligarchs and faceless corporate mechanisms.

  19. Same with frontline service “essential workers”. Not only were they forced to directly expose themselves, often without proper PPE, to the public throughout the entire pandemic, they were/are also the only ones tasked with enforcing masking and distancing mandates. Further putting them at risk among a confused and angry public. They are among the lowest paid workers in our economy. Their jobs became much more difficult and dangerous, and they essentially received a pay cut through inflation.

    Here in California, the most common profession of people who died from covid is line cook. Please think about that next time you order uber eats and you’re calculating your tip.

    But I’m sure seeing a banner at Ralph’s saying “thank you!” Made them feel much better.

  20. According to multiple labor historians I follow on Twitter (like *actual* labor historians with PhD’s n’shit, not just randos with roses in their bio) we’re in the midst of the largest general strike the US has seen in around 100 years but it’s being downplayed in the media because it terrifies the owners. As far as I’m concerned that’s excellent news.

    Strike like your lives depend on it because they kind of very much do.

  21. As someone who has worked entirely throughout covid i approve of this. My job is in no way anywhere near as intense as nurses and I haven’t been compensated much either, but I’m not doing life-saving work. I can swear at people and walk away for a bit, these poor healthcare professionals cannot do this. They are in it. The way they’ve been treated as bodies to feed to the healthcare industry is brutal. They need some crazy backpay, an extra week of vacation and support for handling the trauma and burnout.

  22. None of the essential workers were ever heroes in the eyes of their employer, just a publicity burden.

    My job was deemed essential even though we were a manufacturer that made absolutely nothing to help covid, we never closed even a minute early but instead got pizza parties….

    I found a new job

  23. These are for profit hospitals. Go to any small town and look for the biggest house. Guaranteed it’s owner is the Hospital Administrator. Management gets paid 10X more to make a profit. Even if it’s a nonprofit they make mad money. They didn’t have to worry about patients paying cause under the CARES Act they were compensated by Gov…. And they couldn’t even provide us with PPE! Had to reuse my PPE so taking care of “disposal” PPE became another job. RN’s we’re given three times the number of Patient’s, however the law didn’t change where I had one hour to give my meds during the time prescribed for 3X as many Patients. If hospital heard you complain they’d just pull up times you scanned out your meds, saw you weren’t within that hour time frame for your assigned Patients and write you up. If the State Board is notified, which they’re supposed to, your license will be in jeopardy. Like if they suspend or worse revoke your license, your job/career is over.

Protestors blocking traffic stopping health-workers from getting to work

Idiot kidnaps a cop, gets stopped with a pop.