Nurses in the Real World of For-Profit Medicine


As the nation once again encour­ages nurses to soldier on at their posts, the gap between the saccha­rine rhetoric of Nurses’ Week and the grim reality of nurses’ work during the pandemic is even more glaring – and galling – than ever,” writes Suzanne Gordon.

In Washington state, WSNA, along with SEIU Health­care 1199NW and UFCW 21, won landmark legis­la­tion to assure that nurses have guaran­teed breaks on the job and are not forced to do manda­tory overtime,” writes Gordon. These examples of collec­tive action are far more worthy of celebra­tion and emula­tion during Nurses’ Week – and every week – than hollow exercises in nurse hagiography.”


COUNTERPUNCH: Nurses in the Real World of For-Profit Medicine (5/14/21)