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 ~ Cedars-Sinai Nurses Speak Out ~ 

We are a grassroots group of nurses working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a Magnet Hospital, in Los Angeles, California. We have now received Magnet Status for the 4th time in a row. We are professional nurses who enjoy working in an environment that supports our autonomy and encourages new ideas and growth. We oppose the prospect of solving workplace problems through union activity.

We are proud to be nurses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center!
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We hope you learn, become inspired and motivated to speak out for nursing with YOUR OWN VOICE.

Meet Teresa 

We lost our dear colleague Teresa in 2013. Her commitment to professional nursing and her fight to help us remain union free remains here in memory of her outstanding example of professionalism.

Teresa's words below remain in our hearts.
I am a professional nurse and that says it all. I can speak for myself
I would like to know why I should have to pay dues to come to a job I enjoy with managers who treat me with respect and fairly. I take great pride in my quality of patient care. I am very proud to say I work at Cedars-Sinai. 
Teresa Schmitt RN 

Meet Janice 
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Anonymous

I have worked in other hospitals, some union, some not but I was never as happy there as I am at Cedars-Sinai.
Janice Ritchie RN
Meet Violeta 

No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.
~Charles F. Kettering

I am a professional nurse and do not need a third person speaking for me.
I can speak for myself and more importantly, my performance will speak for me.
Violeta Husain RN, CNIII

Meet Tina 

The right to work is the most precious liberty men possess.
~ William O. Douglas
The grass isn't always greener on the other side. We are the nurses "on the front lines" We know the problems we face and have the answers we need. We can think for ourselves ....and speak for ourselves.
No Dues Required. Tina Tyner RN

Meet Suzanne Geimer 

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
~ Willa Cather

Standing Up To Bullies as a Professional
As an RN for many years, I have observed that nurses, in general, have a tendency to "follow the leader" and the "leaders" aren't always setting the right example. We take better care of our patients than each other. Make a commitment to yourself and your team to be a "positive leader." We are all potential leaders and we can do that in many ways that will build a more positive environment and team.

Don't lower yourself to the level of others who are being rude, inappropriate and unprofessional. Rise above it. It is a slow and steady process.........and it works. Believe in yourself and the power of your own voice. Others will learn from your example. Always choose to be professional. When you act in a professional manner in all situations, you can't go wrong.

If you have a very negative situation, document it professionally and accurately and send a copy to your manager. Documenting negative behavior in the right way can have very positive outcomes. First of all, if your manager sees it in writing and it is documented very factually, he/she has an obligation to address it. You don't need a union to speak with your manager. You can do it yourself and be much more effective.

The key is to turn negative peer pressure into positive peer pressure. Raise the bar and let it be known that you don't condone negative behavior. As others see your positive attitude, more will gain confidence in standing up to bullies and they soon will be outnumbered.

We all need to step up to the plate and reclaim our profession. Be proud of who you are. Don't accept negative behavior. And please don't join in the negative behavior of others who are not supportive of new nurses. We need them and the only way they are going to stay is if they feel welcome.

WE are the true ambassadors for Nursing.............Professional nurses attract other professional nurses.
Let's do that TOGETHER.
Suzanne Geimer RN CNIII, CEN 

"And what is as important as knowledge?" asked the mind. 
 "Caring and seeing with the heart," answered the soul.

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