What Are the Disadvantages of a Union for Nurses?

Nurses unions ultimately lead to a loss of money, time and opportunities. Unions are meant to be the voice for all members of the profession. However, forming a nurses' union locks out other professionals within the nursing fraternity.

Unionizing nurses leads to management conflicts and stalled productivity. Any conflict of interest between the union and the employer stalls the progress of the nurses. As a result, the management cannot make changes, such as addition of allowances, without consulting the union.

Unions organize protests, which cost a lot of time. Additionally, employers cannot discipline irresponsible nurses without consulting the union, which supports such nurses. Unions are against employees increasing the nurses' autonomy, which limits the nurses' leadership skills and self-governance.

There is also a high possibility of unions not accepting nurses' advancement. Unions support senior nurses to hold high positions regardless of their educational level and experience. Such behaviors compromise the quality of service offered and denies nurses with higher education levels a chance for advancement.

Forming unions for nurses exposes them to divided loyalty between their employers and the unions. Any contravention of either the employer's or the union's regulation attracts a punishment. Unions create a gap between the nurses and the management making them unwilling to improve the nurses' working conditions unless the union demands so.