Experts Acknowledge Uptick in Organizing Among Registered Nurses

Registered nurses are increasingly organizing and joining unions in attempts to protect themselves in the face of change, according to a Kansas City Star report.

Safe staffing ratios, changes from healthcare reform, changing reimbursements and squeezed budgets are just a few of the principal reasons registered nurses choose to organize, according to the report.

According to the report, which cites data from National Nurses United and AFL-CIO, the healthcare industry is experiencing the fastest growth in the organized labor movement and approximately 10 percent of registered nurses in acute-care settings are represented by unions.

Experts agree, however, that the success of unionization depends largely on employers' — or hospitals' — abilities to manage and communicate with their employees.

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