An Ethical Perspective on the US Healthcare Community
The article talks about nurses’ who went on strike in the past and got their demands from their employer such as better wages, pension, tuition benefits for dependents, and other work rules. Because of that incident, the ANA adopted a no strike policy but during that period, nurses increasingly engaged in informational picketing and mass resignation to put pressure on employers, therefore ANA recognized that strikes were needed tool to maintain high standards of patient care in hospitals.
However, despite the acknowledgement of nurses’ right to strike, nurses continue to raise important moral question. One of it is that nurses’ strike cause harm to patients. Apparently, during nurses’ strike study shows that the quality of care patients received had declined which causes an increase of mortality rates, and readmission rates. Nurses faces a dilemma, though they feel obligated for the safety and care of their patients, but they also recognize the need to protect their own wages and benefits, or to advocate for changes to working conditions that will improve care for future patients.
My thought about this article is that nurses’ right to strike is not morally wrong. Though some of their demands involved personal interest, but it also involved improvement of patient care such as reducing nurses-patient’s ratios. By doing that nurses can provide better care to their patients which promote early recovery. In regards with their personal demand, though according to Florence Nightingale’s pledge that” nursing being a vocation”, yes I agree that nursing is a calling which should be performed without expecting reward in return however, considering our present economy’s demand I completely understand and find the nurses demand reasonable, in which I don’t find their act as being immoral.
Paul, Neiman. Nursing Strike: An Ethical Perspective on the US Healthcare...