3/4/05: Judge backs California nurses over staffing

  1. los angeles times, march 4, 2005

    judge backs california nurses over staffing

    gov. arnold schwarzenegger had no authority to suspend a new law requiring more nurses at california hospitals and emergency rooms, a judge has said, handing an early victory to some of the governor's most vocal critics.
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  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Wow. Interesting . ...

    steph
  4. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from nrskarenrn
    los angeles times, march 4, 2005

    judge backs california nurses over staffing

    gov. arnold schwarzenegger had no authority to suspend a new law requiring more nurses at california hospitals and emergency rooms, a judge has said, handing an early victory to some of the governor's most vocal critics.

    v is for victory!!!


    the hospital associations must be furious. they have spent tons of money trying to stop this and now.....now they have to worry about nurses in the rest of the country demanding safe working conditions. what next? fair compensation? somebody stop them!
  5. by   Kabin
    Not to downplay the good news, but that's only yesterday's tentative ruling. We're still awaiting final news from today's hearing. Keep your fingers crossed!
  6. by   ChrisA
    And then, of course, Schwartzeneggar will strap bandoliers on, grab a few grenades, and burst into the judge's chambers on a flaming motorcycle. The judge will change his ruling soon enough.
  7. by   ZZTopRN
    Quote from ChrisA
    And then, of course, Schwartzeneggar will strap bandoliers on, grab a few grenades, and burst into the judge's chambers on a flaming motorcycle. The judge will change his ruling soon enough.
    That is so funny! That says so succintly what he is. A bully w/o a brain. Do you suppose instead he will get HIS butt kicked?

    When are we going to know? I am just sitting here on edge waiting to find out.

    You should have seen the demonstration today in San Diego when he was trying to sell his pension reform. I just don't understand when he says we are "bleeding the State dry." What about the Hospital Associations bleeding the nurses dry, then throwing them away.

    Oh yes, he was born in the same country as another nut was.
  8. by   ChrisA
    Quote from movingalong
    Oh yes, he was born in the same country as another nut was.
    Austria?
  9. by   ZZTopRN
    Quote from ChrisA
    Austria?

    You got it!!!
  10. by   jnette
    Quote from ChrisA
    Austria?
    *ahem* !

    Let's not judge or degrade an entire country because of these two.

    The "country of origin" has nothing to do with the person or their behavior.
    Timothy McVeigh was from where?

    Thank you !

    Austria is beautiful, as are most of her people.
    America, too, is beautiful, as are most of her people.
  11. by   ChrisA
    Quote from jnette
    *ahem* !

    Let's not judge or degrade an entire country because of these two.

    The "country of origin" has nothing to do with the person or their behavior.
    Timothy McVeigh was from where?

    Thank you !

    Austria is beautiful, as are most of her people.
    America, too, is beautiful, as are most of her people.
    Totally agree with you, Jnette. I was just trying to figure out what Austria had to do with anything. Last time I was there, it seemed to be a perfectly nice place.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.calnurse.org/?Action=Content&id=717

    IT'S OFFICIAL -- Judge Strikes Down Illegal Ratio Order

    The decision is final. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Judy Holzer Hersher late Friday afternoon vacated an emergency regulation by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that suspended key portions of the state's landmark law mandating minimum RN-to-patient hospital ratios....

    ..."Now nurses in emergency rooms and medical and surgical units across the state will be able to provide the care that is necessary for our patients," said CNA President Deborah Burger, RN. "This is a towering decision for all California families."...

    ...During a 90-minute court hearing Friday morning, Judge Hersher chastised attorneys for the administration and the California Hospital Association for continuing efforts to justify the governor's order on the basis of unsubstantiated claims that the ratios were to blame for hospital closures. "This is old news... hearsay news," she said, and "the government is telling me they don't even know if it is true or not."

    In any event, she noted, the clear directive of the legislature in enacting the safe staffing law was to guarantee to the public that "if you are admitted to the hospital (they) must provide adequate levels of care at minimum standards."...
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    My grandmother was born in Austria. I agree, that comment WAS rude and not at all germane to the conversation here.
  14. by   begalli
    Quote from spacenurse
    http://www.calnurse.org/?Action=Content&id=717



    IT'S OFFICIAL -- Judge Strikes Down Illegal Ratio Order

    Thank you spacenurse. And thank you to the commitment of the CNA for using their resources to make this front page news. It was CNA who worked more than a decade on this law, got it passed, and brought this lawsuit. I hope it makes national news as well.

    For people who don't agree with the CNA's "tactics." They got this whole job done covering their own expenses all along while the governor forced the use of the courts for this atrocious and factitious emergency order at our (the people of CA) expense. The Hospital Association and the governor not only wasted the time of the courts, but the time and energy of those who should be busy fixing the numerous problems in this state. Period.

    Where is the outrage about that?

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