Empowering Nurses at the Bedside and in Business

Empowered Nurses’ Bill Of Rights

Nurses have the right to:

  1. Speak their mind
  2. Have a reasonable and fair assignment
  3. Complete work assigned
  4. Paid more for higher acuity patients
  5. Go home feeling like they did a good job
  6. Feel part of the team.
  7. Not be pushed to work overtime because there is no one else.
  8. Not to be made to feel that they can’t call in sick when they’re really ill.
  9. Adequate staffing so everyone has time to do everything each patient requires including psycho-social support.
  10. Be respected by patients, their families, co-workers, management, administration, physicians and other health care providers.
  11. Be acknowledged for doing a good job.
  12. A fair schedule with an equal number of holidays and weekends compared to co-workers.
  13. Not be hurt by a patient.
  14. Be supported after a difficult shift.
  15. Have time to document care provided.
  16. Refuse to be floated to an unfamiliar unit.

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