First- inflamed, best wishes to your son for good health! It's awful that you're in such a position, and having to worry about
a lack of patient care when you're already stressed and worried.
I live in Minneapolis and I've been following the nurses' strike closely, mostly because I work in healthcare (not a nurse) and this affects my job. The nurses are making their public stance as "Patient care first" and saying that there should be firm limits on nurse to patient ratios, and the way that hospitals staff by floating nurses to units outside of their specialty. This is a very valid point; however, the nurses are also demanding increases in their pension fund paid by the hospitals, and annual raises above the cost of living increase- this is where the public support falls apart. In this economy, where average people have to pay into a 401k, there is little support for professionals (even valuable, hard-working, and essential nurses) who work 16 hours a week and recieve full benefits to be demanding more money for their pensions. There is no nursing shortage here, a friend of mine is a newly graduated RN and hasn't been able to find a job anywhere within 4 hours of the Twin Cities. Hosptials are losing money and making budget cuts and, yes, providing less and less quality patient care, and while the nurses certainly demand fair compensation for a demanding job, their requests are not well received by the public facing their own personal financial problems.
That said, as a patient, I hope that the next time I'm in the hospital, my nurse is not too overworked or inexperienced to provide the care I need! I hope they come to a good resolution soon.