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Nurses picket outside Memorial Hospital - video

KGET, August 11, 2011 Nurses picked up placards and picketed outside Bakersfield's Memorial Hospital Wednesday night. The focal point of their protest is the hospital's hiring of traveling nurses to fill vacancies. Protesters say staffing levels are too low, not enough nurses at the patients' bedside, and they say hiring out-of-town nurses hurts patient care. "We need to be taking care of our patients, serving our patients with Bakersfield nurses," said Sandy Reding, a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital. "Instead, the hospital is choosing to purchase outside travelers and we find there are problems with their competency." ... Nurses

Bakersfield Nurses Protest Understaffing

KERO-TV 23, August 11, 2011 Bakersfield - Nurses of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital say understaffing and incompetency are putting patients health in danger. A spokesperson with the California Nurses Association said one of the issues at hand is the elimination of an in-house staffing registry. The program reduces floating registered nurses and keeps qualified registered nurses to properly staff units they are familiar with. The CNA said by doing away with the in-house registry the hospital will fill positions with temporary nurses not from the area and not familiar with hospital protocol. ... Bakersfield

Candlelight Vigil Wednesday: Bakersfield Memorial

Nurses Say: “Bakersfield Residents Deserve the Best Care Possible.” RNs sound alarm on unsafe patient staffing.
California Nurses Association, August 9, 2011 Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, a part of the Catholic Healthcare West chain, will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday, August 10, to highlight their concerns with unsafe staffing and a deterioration of patient care standards at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today.

The central issues revolve around the ability of RNs to provide safe patient care. These include a safe floating policy ... Candlelight

Surveys find widespread violence against nurses and other hospital caregivers

Nearly 40% of employees in California emergency rooms said they had been physically assaulted on the job in the previous year. Jessica Garrison & Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2011 The patient was drunk, naked and covered in blood when he burst out of his emergency room cubicle around 2 AM, brandishing scissors. He lunged at two nurses and began chasing them. It took two police officers and three zaps from a Taser to subdue him. Rattled by this attempted stabbing in 2009 and other attacks at Ventura County Medical Center, emergency room nurse Lorraine Sandoval began keeping count of every time a colleague was assaulted or threatened by patients. ... Surveys

Raises approved for San Mateo County nurses, sheriff's sergeants

Bonnie Eslinger, San José Mercury News, July 26, 2011 The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to bump the pay of nurses and sheriff's sergeants, though one elected official disagreed with the latter deal. The negotiated salary increases come just weeks after the board passed a budget balanced by tapping $49 million from reserves, cutting positions and slashing $29 million from programs and services. Nurses will get 2 percent annual raises over the next three years and sheriff's sergeants will receive a 3 percent bump in 2015. ... Raises

San Mateo County ready to give out raises to nurses, sheriff's sergeants

Bonnie Eslinger, San José Mercury News, July 22, 2011 Despite having to grab $49 million from reserves and make a multitude of cuts to help it eliminate an $82 million budget deficit, San Mateo County plans to give raises to its nurses this fiscal year and to sheriff's sergeants later. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider approving new labor contracts with unions that represent the two groups of employees. Under the agreement reached between the county and the California Nurses Association, 340 union members will receive annual 3 percent raises over the next three years. ... San

Nurses Rally Against Government Healthcare and Social Security Cuts

Matt Coker, OC Weekly, July 21, 2011 Just to be clear, the more than 100 registered nurses huddled around Irvine's Civic Center Plaza at high noon today are not there to implant a conscience into Larry Agran. The RNs are joining community activists to rally against any cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. Now, there are no proposals before the Irvine City Council to cut Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. But it is being knocked around the halls of Congress and the White House, where the discussion to raise the national debt ceiling has included talk of cutting services to seniors and the disadvantaged. ... Nurses

Former Washington nurses accuse hospital of lying to state

Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune, July 20, 2011 Fremont - Two former Washington Hospital nurses are asking state health officials and the hospital's board of directors to investigate whether Washington violated its corrective action plan following a 2010 stillborn birth. "I'm here to tell you that the hospital knowingly gave the state of California false information to placate the investigator and the state," Diane Strey told board members at their meeting last week. Strey and Christine Silcocks said at the board meeting that they were among four nurses taken out of practice and ordered into a two-month remedial class shortly after a May 27 stillborn delivery that resulted in a rebuke from the state. ... Former

California Hospitals Added RNs in Response to Nurse Staffing Law

California Healthline, July 19, 2011 Since the implementation of a state law mandating nurse-to-patient ratios, California hospitals have hired more registered nurses and expanded access to nursing care, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. For the study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University examined nurse hiring practices from 1997 through 2008. Background: Former Governor Gray Davis (D) signed the nurse staffing measure (AB 394) in 1999, and the new nurse-to-patient ratios were rolled out between 2004 and 2008. ... California

Setting nurse-to-patient ratios = more RNs

United Press International July 19, 2011 Philadelphia - Legislation in California that set nurse-to-patient ratios added more registered nurses to the hospital staffing mix, not fewer as feared, researchers say. Lead researcher Matthew McHugh, a nursing professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says California was the first state to pass legislation setting staffing levels. However, mindful of the ongoing nurse shortage California legislators determined that hospitals could employ licensed practical nurses as well as registered nurses to meet the requirements of the law, McHugh says. ... Setting

Hospitals add higher skilled nurses in response to mandate: Study

Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, July 18, 2011

According to a new study, California hospitals have added registered nurses and increased access to professional nursing care since the state’s landmark nurse-to-patient staffing law was implemented.

California hospitals have added registered nurses and increased access to professional nursing care since the state’s landmark nurse-to-patient staffing law was implemented, a new study concludes.

The report, which appears in the July edition of the journal Health Affairs, refutes worries by opponents to the law that hospitals would respond by disproportionately hiring lower-skilled licensed vocational nurses.

Folsom Prison locked down after possible sexual assault on nurse

Kim Minugh & Bill Lindelof, Sacramento Bee, July 15, 2011 Folsom State Prison officials are investigating the possible sexual assault of a nurse Wednesday afternoon in one of the facility's medical offices. Authorities confirmed the woman was assaulted but released little further information Thursday, citing the ongoing investigation. They would say only that they are investigating the possibility that the attack was sexual. Prison authorities were alerted about 3 PM Wednesday when the nurse activated her personal alarm, which all employees carry while inside the prison. ... Folsom

Contract negotiations shaky for Mills-Peninsula nurses

Niko Kyriakou, San Francisco Examiner, July 13, 2011 Contract negotiations between 700 nurses represented by the California Nurses Association and Mills-Peninsula Health Services, a Sutter Health hospital, are deadlocked with no end in sight. "It’s not looking good to end peacefully," said Liz Jacobs, spokeswoman for the state nursing union. The current contract, set to end July 30 after both parties agreed to a one-month extension, was signed in 2008 following three strikes and 15 months of discussions. Negotiations, now in their fifth round, began with Sutter’s management team presenting a 20-page list of "takeaways," Jacobs said. ... Contract

Nurses protest cuts to public health, support campaign for Wall Street tax

Kim Lamb Gregory, Ventura County Star, June 23, 2011 Nurses who support a tax on Wall Street transactions to help fund public health held a demonstration Thursday morning in Ventura, waving signs with slogans like "Too big to fail and getting even bigger" in support of the national campaign. Some of the 14 local nurses and their supporters who showed up at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road said the turnout was small because it was just organized this week as part of a series of rallies by the California Nurses' Association and National Nurses United. ... Nurses

Nurses Rally to Tax Wall Street

Sasha Doppelt, KPBS, June 23, 2011 Local nurses rallied today in support of a national call for a half-cent tax on stock and bond sales and other financial transactions. The new revenue would restore jobs and help fix the economy. Members of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United say the billions raised could ease financial strains on working families. Nurse Michael Jackson, who works in the UCSD Medical System, said the impact of a poor economy is readily seen in crowded emergency rooms and in a reluctance by many San Diegans to seek care. ... Nurses

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