Jane Southwell is a charge nurse at the Ingham County Health Department and president of the MNA RN staff council there.
"I spent months trying to get my Certified Service Dog, Charlie, approved to be my gait and balance assistance dog with my employer," Jane said. "I filled out the appropriate Americans with Disabilities Act paperwork and had to return to my doctor for a discussion before he recommended Charlie, once again, as my choice for accommodation for my obvious disability. Still my employer wouldn’t fully approve him."
Fighting for your rights takes a lot of courage, but Jane never gave up. We all know how difficult it can be when HR puts new obstacles in your path as you try to advocate for your rights. Jane kept going and remained union strong. Through MNA, she reached out to two Ingham County Commissioners.
The pressure worked. Jane finally received confirmation she could have a reasonable accommodation as mandated by federal law.
This shows the power of a union and the importance of fighting for your rights! When we fight, we win.
If you want to learn more about building power in your union, consider signing up for MNA’s Spring Leadership Action Conference in May. Registration is open now.
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to dominate the news, MNA has developed an online continuing education module to give healthcare professionals basic information based on what’s currently known.
The Detroit Pistons are holding a Nurse Appreciation Night on March 20, with proceeds going to the Michigan Nurses Foundation.
The foundation’s mission is to promote a healthy, educated, and professional nurse workforce through the advancement of nursing research, support for nursing education, and assistance for the recovering nurse.
Discounted tickets range from $30 to $85 for the game against Golden State at 7 p.m. on March 20.