Question 2: You are near completion of your last clinical course, a capstone experience in which
you have spent almost all of your senior year working with RNs on a medical unit. You have
seen how working conditions negatively affect patient care, and you are very concerned. You
learn that the nurses in this hospital are unionized and are planning a 3-day strike in 2 weeks.
You support their efforts very much and mention the planned strike to your clinical faculty who,
you discover, is very anti-union. She threatens to fail you for the course if you participate in the
nurses’ strike.
 How do you respond?
 What is at stake if you strike?
 What is at stake if you do not strike?

Readings/Resources
American Nurses Association. (2015). Member benefits.Retrieved at http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplaceBlack, B. P. (2014).Professional nursing:Concepts, and challenges(7th ed.).St Louis,MO:Saunders.Read Chapter 15: Political Activism in NursingCabot, S. J. (2007). Why nursing homes must supplant the role of unions. Nursing Homes: Long Term Care Management, 56(1), 48-86

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