Uber for Nurses? Beating Back the Push to “Gigify” Patient Care
The hospital industry’s constant drive to cut costs poses a major threat to the continuity of care nurses provide for patients. Nowhere has this threat been more alarming than in recent attempts to splinter the nursing profession into an on-demand workforce. Promising flexibility and independence, tech startups and legislative proposals that aim to “gigify” nursing in fact gut the workplace protections that enable RNs to be effective patient advocates. This course will engage nurses in a discussion of the increasing predominance of so-called gig work in health care and provide the tools necessary to resist the dismantling of their profession.
- Explain why employment protections are fundamental to nurses’ ability to provide safe and effective care.
- Describe the historical precedents behind worker misclassification and how this perpetuates inequities in the health care workforce.
- Enumerate long-term measures that can be taken to address the RN staffing crisis while preserving the integrity of the profession.
Instructors: Lily Cain or KB Burnside-Oxendine
This will be a 2-hour online class via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits. After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.
CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.