Nurses group punches back at Schwarzenegger in TV ad campaign - page 3

The 60,000-strong California Nurses Association is firing back at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a national TV campaign depicting the self- proclaimed reformer as just another tool of the monied... Read More

  1. by   DRIVERRN
    Quote from spacenurse
    The National RN Movement:
    Learn how you can bring CNA's model of representation for direct care RNs to your state.
    http://www.nnoc.net/

    http://www.nnoc.net/PDF/CE_Registration_Brochure.pdf

    http://www.nnoc.net/ceregistration.html
    I just sent for the information to join! I live in a "right to work" state which means you can be fired "at will".
  2. by   sharann
    Quote from lizz
    Yeah ... old Gray is lookin' pretty good right now.

    What a nightmare. I feel like an idiot voting for Arnold. Not that it would have made any difference since he won by a landslide, but still ...

    I can't believe how bad this guy has been ... I'm ashamed of him. It's a total disgrace.

    Me too Liz. I too voted for neadrathal man :angryfire
    Lets let him tie the noose around his own neck.
  3. by   deecoo
    This needs to be reviewed nationally because "others" will be wanting to follow this "conservative" lead, which is not "progress" but a step back in the evolution of patient care (just hoping your patients survive the shift, nearly requiring that family members stay with them to be sure they are breathing!) Personally, I want more than than as a patient and as a nurse, is that asking too much??
    I have followed the California progressive lead to patient care ratios, progressive in thought and care (Thank you Gray), not only for the nurses who are providing the long hours/levels of patient care but for the patients too.

    Quote from brian
    The 60,000-strong California Nurses Association is firing back at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a national TV campaign depicting the self- proclaimed reformer as just another tool of the monied interests.

    The 60-second spot -- which was produced gratis by documentary maker Robert Greenwald (as in "Outfoxed" and "Uncovered: The War on Iraq") -- opens with the governor's foot-in-mouth comments about nurses being "special interests" who are mad at him because "I kick their butt."

    The ad then kicks some butt of its own, as veteran nurses respond both to Schwarzenegger's comments and to his plan to freeze nurse-patient staffing levels.

    Full Story: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...AGL9B3NTD1.DTL
  4. by   4n6rn
    I have been in nursing for over 30 years, but the latest about Swartzy is almost too much to bare. Every time I go to work, I watch as mistakes are made, due to the overwhelming acuity of patients. And that is just with a 1;4 ratio. The larger the ratio, the more mistakes will be made.
    Koodos to the CNA. Go get em. :angryfire
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from deecoo
    This needs to be reviewed nationally because "others" will be wanting to follow this "conservative" lead, which is not "progress" but a step back in the evolution of patient care (just hoping your patients survive the shift, nearly requiring that family members stay with them to be sure they are breathing!) Personally, I want more than than as a patient and as a nurse, is that asking too much??
    I have followed the California progressive lead to patient care ratios, progressive in thought and care (Thank you Gray), not only for the nurses who are providing the long hours/levels of patient care but for the patients too.

    There was no shift backwards . .. we went forward to the 6:1 ratio and didn't continue the forward movement to 5:1 for the time being, as the gov put that on hold.

    I don't need patient's families at bedside to make sure they are breathing by the way, I do that quite well on my own. I think that is a bit over the top and unfair.

    steph
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    Of course some hospital administrations have a commitment to their patients and community. The law was not made for them. They already staffing safely. It is the bottom line budget driven hospitals that gambled with our lives and licenses daily that caused nurses to work so hard for so many years on our days off.

    Some nurses have never had to delay Q2 rounds to admit patients, run a code, transport a patient to CT scan or ICU, or stayed with a patient who fell. Then when able to finally check your other patients found one cold, stiff, and pulseless. I don't wish that on anyone but it happens. If the family had been at the bedside they could alert a nurse, even the only nurse. I have had three codes going simultaneously with only two RNs on the unit. That's better than not knowing there IS a third code!
    I will not leave my loved ones bedside just in case!

    See text of CNA lawsuit against Gov. filed in Sacramento Superior Court 12-21-2004
    http://www.calnurse.org/files.calnur...ts/Lawsuit.pdf

    California Nurses Assn. Sues Gov. Schwarzenegger
    To Reverse Emergency Order Attack on Patient Safety
    Edict on Ratio Law Sets Dangerous Precedent for Public Health
    http://www.calnurses.org/?Action=Content&id=544

    DHS website: http://www.applications.dhs.ca.gov/r...submit1=Submit

    Actual Text of regulations with changes underlined: http://www.applications.dhs.ca.gov/r...Reg%20Text.doc

    These are the sections changed. The emergency department has a new term with no legal meaning "saturation" giving the hospital the ability to declare "saturation" daily. You know like how they "can't find anyone so do the best you can."

    This is the section that gets the press:
    "(11) The licensed nurse-to-patient ratio in medical/surgical care units shall be 1:6 or fewer at all times. Commencing January 1, 2005, 2008, the licensed nurse-to-patient ratio in medical/surgical care units shall be 1:5 or fewer at all times. "

    This is the most frightening:
    " (d) In addition to the documentation required in subsections (c)(1) through (3) above, the hospital shall keep a record of the actual registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse and licensed psychiatric technician assignments to individual patients by licensure category, documented on a day-to-day, shift-by-shift basis
    for all units except the emergency department.
    (e) For emergency departments only, in addition to the documentation required in subsections (c)(1) through (3) above, hospitals shall document the licensed nurses on duty, and patient identifiers with the time of the patient's arrival and departure, on a day-to-day, shift-by-shift basis; however, actual specific licensed nurse assignments correlated to patient identifiers are not required to be documented."


    DON'T PATIENTS GET AN ASSIGNED NURSE IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT?

    And this is a change in the regulation:
    "(s) For emergency departments only, if an unforeseeable increase in the number or acuity of patients in the emergency department occurs such that the patient activity in number or acuity exceeds the historically established trends for the emergency department and the emergency department reaches SATURATION, the hospital must demonstrate that prompt efforts were made to maintain required staffing levels. "Saturation" is defined for this purpose as an unforeseeable influx of patients who require immediate medical interventions and care and who, in their numbers or intensity of need for care, could not reasonably have been predicted by the hospital."

    What must be done to DEMONSTRATE prompt efforts? I think all administrative nurses should be taken out of meetings to provide patient care until extra staff arrives or the ER is no longer "saturated".
  7. by   deecoo
    Amen sister, preach on (somebody needs to....!!!!!!!!!!!!:chuckle )
  8. by   4n6rn
    Edit yesterday; I should have clarified that the ratio of 4:1 was in tele unit and not med/surg, where it is 5:1 on days, 6:1 on nights if they have enough staff.
  9. by   Compassionate_Nurse
    Is this guy stupid or what? He just commited career suicide! I dont think he realizes that nurses are the largest "special intrest" group in america!

    :angryfire
  10. by   Compassionate_Nurse
    Quote from spacenurse
    Of course some hospital administrations have a commitment to their patients and community. The law was not made for them. They already staffing safely. It is the bottom line budget driven hospitals that gambled with our lives and licenses daily that caused nurses to work so hard for so many years on our days off.

    Some nurses have never had to delay Q2 rounds to admit patients, run a code, transport a patient to CT scan or ICU, or stayed with a patient who fell. Then when able to finally check your other patients found one cold, stiff, and pulseless. I don't wish that on anyone but it happens. If the family had been at the bedside they could alert a nurse, even the only nurse. I have had three codes going simultaneously with only two RNs on the unit. That's better than not knowing there IS a third code!
    I will not leave my loved ones bedside just in case!

    See text of CNA lawsuit against Gov. filed in Sacramento Superior Court 12-21-2004
    http://www.calnurse.org/files.calnur...ts/Lawsuit.pdf

    California Nurses Assn. Sues Gov. Schwarzenegger
    To Reverse Emergency Order Attack on Patient Safety
    Edict on Ratio Law Sets Dangerous Precedent for Public Health
    http://www.calnurses.org/?Action=Content&id=544

    DHS website: http://www.applications.dhs.ca.gov/r...submit1=Submit

    Actual Text of regulations with changes underlined: http://www.applications.dhs.ca.gov/r...Reg%20Text.doc

    These are the sections changed. The emergency department has a new term with no legal meaning "saturation" giving the hospital the ability to declare "saturation" daily. You know like how they "can't find anyone so do the best you can."

    This is the section that gets the press:
    "(11) The licensed nurse-to-patient ratio in medical/surgical care units shall be 1:6 or fewer at all times. Commencing January 1, 2005, 2008, the licensed nurse-to-patient ratio in medical/surgical care units shall be 1:5 or fewer at all times. "

    This is the most frightening:
    " (d) In addition to the documentation required in subsections (c)(1) through (3) above, the hospital shall keep a record of the actual registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse and licensed psychiatric technician assignments to individual patients by licensure category, documented on a day-to-day, shift-by-shift basis
    for all units except the emergency department.
    (e) For emergency departments only, in addition to the documentation required in subsections (c)(1) through (3) above, hospitals shall document the licensed nurses on duty, and patient identifiers with the time of the patient's arrival and departure, on a day-to-day, shift-by-shift basis; however, actual specific licensed nurse assignments correlated to patient identifiers are not required to be documented."


    DON'T PATIENTS GET AN ASSIGNED NURSE IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT?

    And this is a change in the regulation:
    "(s) For emergency departments only, if an unforeseeable increase in the number or acuity of patients in the emergency department occurs such that the patient activity in number or acuity exceeds the historically established trends for the emergency department and the emergency department reaches SATURATION, the hospital must demonstrate that prompt efforts were made to maintain required staffing levels. "Saturation" is defined for this purpose as an unforeseeable influx of patients who require immediate medical interventions and care and who, in their numbers or intensity of need for care, could not reasonably have been predicted by the hospital."

    What must be done to DEMONSTRATE prompt efforts? I think all administrative nurses should be taken out of meetings to provide patient care until extra staff arrives or the ER is no longer "saturated".
    I really dont think this will ever happen!!! I would love to see it but the ones in administration usually say "I havent kept up my clinical skills, I am too busy in meetings sitting on my *** all day while I make decisions for you and how you take care of you patients. By the way you were 2 min. late today and you clocked out yesterday with 1 hour overtime. If you cant get your job done in time then you need to clock out to finish your paperwork".
  11. by   4n6rn
    Quote from Compassionate_Nurse
    Is this guy stupid or what? He just commited career suicide! I dont think he realizes that nurses are the largest "special intrest" group in america!

    :angryfire
    You bet we are.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.ridgecrestca.com/articles...itor/lte02.txt

    Letter To The Editor
    Gov. kisses behinds instead of kicking them says reader

    Friday, January 28, 2005 12:55 PM PST

    Editor:

    Arnold Schwarzenegger is correct calling Registered Nurses a "special interest" group. These darn nurses are constantly fighting for their special interests, their patients.
    Arnie, on the other hand, is only beholden to his Billionaire Boys' Club buddies who give him money. For example, members of the California hospital industry gave him "donations" and asked that he stop the law setting a limit of five patients for each nurse. Arnie dutifully delayed the 5:1 ratio law for three years.

    Studies show that if we go from our current six patients to one nurse ratio to a four to one ratio, patient deaths would drop by 14 percent.

    Profits would drop by 5 percent, but with over $4 billion in profits last year, California hospitals have plenty of room to improve. Simply put, this is a battle between profits and lives.

    Is it any wonder that nurses always rank among the most trusted professionals and politicians among the least trusted?
    We are all just a drunk driver away from our own hospital bed and the complete reliance upon a nurse for our every need. Her patient load will determine how quickly and how well our needs are met. Arnie and his Billionaire Boys' Club buddies are unconcerned; knowing they'll always get the best care money can buy.

    For the next three years, whenever a patient complains of a delay in getting pain medication, antibiotics, wound care, food, or even a bedpan, his nurse should remind him that Arnie sold us out.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, you're the "girlie man." You're too weak to resist being pumped-up with injections of special interest money and too puny to fight the strings attached. You say you're kicking the special interests' butts, but we all see you kissing them instead.

    Pity, we had all hoped you were stronger.

    Mike Kirchubel

    Fairfield, CA
  13. by   UM Review RN
    What an awesome letter! Bravo!

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