Schwarzenegger Says Nurses are "Set Dressing" - page 23
And the hits just keep on coming ... :uhoh21: According to the Sacramento Bee, Gov. Schwarzenegger had this to say about protesting nurses in California: "They are becoming now more and more... Read More
Apr 28, '05Quote from cheerfuldoerI'll second that!:icon_roll You can tell the boy has no respect for women anyway.Here's a present just for you, Arnie boy.I second that motion! Let's have a do awayyyyyyy with Arnie day!!! :hatparty:Last edit by FranEMTnurse on Apr 28, '05
Apr 28, '05Wow, thanks Spacenurse for allowing the other side in this discussion. I got this article emailed to me at work and was surprised to see it here. I actually think it makes alot of good points . . . . where is that under the chair smilie when you need it?
Quote from spacenursehttp://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/0...cle_492381.php
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Another interest group decides to play political hardball, making increasing demands on taxpayers and using ever more shrill rhetoric
Sr. editorial writer and columnist
The Orange County Register
One of the most regrettable realities of union domination of any industry is that it turns otherwise honorable professionals into the equivalent of political street-fighters who focus on organizing and arm-twisting to divert more resources and government benefits to "the cause," rather than on creating a better product that meets the customers' needs.
Keep that in mind as the governor is depicted as the spawn of Satan in recent TV and radio ads by nurses, firefighters and members of other unions who would like you to believe that their only goal is to improve public health, safety and protection.
Don't believe them. The governor has many flaws, but his attempt to save the state budget from Gray Davis-like malfeasance is not an attack on Californians, but an attempt to keep the state budget from resembling the city budget of San Diego, where excessive pay and pensions for union members have pushed the once well-managed city to the brink of bankruptcy. And he is trying to fix one of those crazy California health care mandates that is making it impossible for hospitals to meet the needs of patients.
One of the most aggressive challenges thrown at the governor is from the California Nurses Association, a 60,000-member organization run by a $175,000-a-year labor activist named Rose Ann DeMoro. She is not a nurse, and she seemed proud in a recent newspaper profile of her aggressive, accept-no-compromise approach.
Forget about the sight of kind, healing nurses. We're talking tough-as-nails, Teamsters-style aggression here, in pursuit of objectives that are self-serving, not public-spirited.
The union is hard left in its politics, and DeMoro rallies nurses to dog the governor at his speaking engagements, yelling and accusing him of sexism and virtually every other evil. The Los Angeles Times described a DeMoro-sponsored rally whereby nurses clogged streets and yelled this epithet at Schwarzenegger contributors: "Corporate scum! Shame on you."
The alternative American Nurses Association believes that the California Nurses Association is using its battle against the governor as a means to expand its union-organizing activities, rather than to secure real benefits for nurses.
Why do these vocal nurses despise the governor so?
The most obvious battle has been over state-mandated nurse-to-patient ratios. The union-sponsored law, passed by the Democratic Legislature and signed by Gov. Davis, mandates an inflexible five patients for every nurse. That ratio cannot change, even during slow hours and even during breaks, which is why the governor tried to change the law.
The ratio law has become an administrative nightmare. There aren't enough nurses to fill the slots mandated by the law, and the law is one of the top reasons cited by several of the hospital emergency rooms that have shut down in recent years, especially in Los Angeles County.
Emergency rooms cannot afford to maintain such a high staffing level. Under the ratio law, the only choice available to hospitals is to hire more nurses or serve fewer patients. Unions are about little more than driving up the price of their members' labor, so it's easy to see what this policy is about. Supporters of the ratios claim they are needed because nurses are stretched dangerously thin, but their "solution" only makes matters worse.
Unfortunately, the public suffers, as it finds fewer hospitals to get treated or longer lines for care.
Government mandates cannot fix market problems. There aren't enough nurses, so forcing hospitals to hire more of what is not there only exacerbates the problem. That's why the governor suspended the law, citing emergency conditions. A judge issued an injunction overturning his decision.
Meanwhile, as Vicki Bradshaw, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Agency, explains, the state has 14,000 nursing vacancies statewide, and is producing about 10,000 too-few nurses a year to meet growing demand.
A key part of the problem is that California nursing cannot handle the demand. There are 10,500 qualified applicants a year for slots, but only 6,000 openings. Most nursing school applicants are accepted to public colleges by a lottery system, in which a mediocre student has the same shot as an exemplary one to get accepted. So much for working hard and achieving good grades so that you can pursue your chosen career dream.
Given this convoluted, inadequate and dysfunctional nursing system, 45 percent of California's nurses come from outside the state or from outside the country. Rather than focus on fixing these real impediments to enlarging the pool of qualified nurses, the nurses' union has chosen to battle the governor and take to the streets.
CNA is angry, also, at the governor's now-abandoned plan to reform all state pensions by requiring new government hires to get defined contributions (a promised amount of contributions) plans rather than budget-busting defined benefits (a promised amount of paid benefits) that public sector employees now enjoy.
(Only 8,000 of CNA's members are public employees, but the union has identified the pension issue as an important line in the sand for opposing Gov. Schwarzenegger.)
We all value the contributions of nurses, police, teachers and so forth. But there are some important reasons the governor is right on the nurse-ratio and pension issues and the unions opposing him are wrong.
First, the government needs to live within its means, and it cannot promise pay and benefit levels (or contributions to health care facilities, public and private) beyond what can be reasonably afforded.
Second, the government cannot fix market problems by mandates and regulations that make it more difficult for the market to respond. With regard to health care, the goal should be to loosen up restrictions and promote competition rather than for legislators to micromanage operations of hospitals, especially down to the level of mandating staffing levels.
Third, whenever unions exert their muscle, the public and the economy take a beating.
That's true even in the private sector, where General Motors is facing its biggest loss since 1992 largely because of enormous pension costs as a result of union contracts. The pension demands are so high that GM has been unable to focus on developing new and better cars to sell to consumers and it is shortchanging shareholders.
Unfortunately, the governor has taken the worst of all approaches. He has riled the politically powerful unions, but has backed away from reforms that would help Californians and chip away at union power.
He delayed pension reform in response to police opposition and the attorney general's shameless mischaracterization of the initiative.
The governor is now negotiating away merit pay for public school teachers in exchange for "combat pay" for teachers who work in the toughest districts. Combat pay may be a good idea, but it doesn't reform the bureaucratic, mediocrity-rewarding, incompetence-protecting racket known as tenure, a key issue of concern to the union.
And as he loses his fight with nurses over staffing ratios, the CNA gets bolder and cockier even as staffing problems become more critical at California hospitals.
Too bad there's no union representing the interests of the general public.
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Apr 28, '05Quote from spacenurseAnd calling the Gov "scum" isn't disrespectful?Is there no cure for 'foot in mouth disease'?
It would be funny if her were still just a movie star.
HOLLYWOOD, April 25, 2005
Schwarzenegger Lambasted over Sexist Joke
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been branded a sexist again--after mocking pre-menstrual stress during a shocking live radio interview.
The actor-turned-politician sparked outrage last year when he called his Democrat rivals "girlie men."
And he fuelled his reputation as a misogynist April 24 when he told outspoken DJ Howard Stern he wanted to remove the moon, to prevent the mood swings women suffer before their monthly periods.
Schwarzenegger explained, "If we get rid of the moon, women, whose menstrual cycles are governed by the moon, will not get PMS. They will stop *****ing and whining."
Dawn Gibson, a horrified listener of the show, complains, "He is appealing to the lowest common denominator."
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Apr 28, '05Oh Those PMS Blues!!
Eve you wicked woman, you done put your curse on me
Why didn't you just leave that apple hangin' in the tree
You make us hate our husbands, our lovers and our boss
Why I can't even count the good friends I've already lost
Cause of... PMS blues,
I don't even like myself,
but it's something I can't help
I got those God almighty,
Most times I'm easy going, some say I'm good as gold
But when I'm PMS I tell ya, I turn mean and cold
Those not afflicted with it are affected just the same
Poor old men just have to grin and say
"I feel your pain"
You know you must forgive us for we care not what we do
I got those can't stop crying,
But you know we can't help it We don't even know the cause
But as soon as this part's over, then comes the menopause
Oh, Lord... Oh, Lord... We're going to always be a heap of fun
Like the devil Taking over my body, suffering, suffering, suffering
Everybody's suffering, huh?
But a woman had to write this song,
A man would be scared to Lest he be called a chauvenist
Or just fall victim to Those....
You know we'd kill for less
than that PMS blues!!!!
You don't want to cross my path
Cause a pitbull Ain't no match
For these teeth a clenchin',
Head a swellin',
can't stop yellin'
Got no Patience,
I'm so hateful
premenstrual syndrome Got those
moods a swingin',
tears a slingin'
Nothin' fits me
when it hits me
It's the only time in my life I ever think about wishing
I'd been a man But you know that only means one thing
If I'd have been a man, I'd be somewhere right this very minute
With some old cranky, naggin', raggin'
hateful woman With those old...
I don't want! to talk about it,
we both could do without it
Got those treat your kids bad,
don't you talk back
***** to be around...
Apr 28, '05The dear Gov of CA needs to be replaced or put in a situation whereby h e is the recipient of care when there are nursing shortages. He also vetoed the public disclosure of infection rates in hospitals. Now, if hospitals would have had to publically disclose infeciton rates, they would be more accountable to patients. I am sure that Arnie does not get the same healthcare as the normal folks.
Apr 29, '05The
The more I thought about this comment 'set dressing' the more outraged I became. Although, I do not work as a RN in a hospital setting, etc, I am appalled at this remark. How disgusting. I read whereby 911 dispatchers are being cut back due to funding, but firemen, etc are not. I have heard Arnie state he respects law enforcement. So, does he not understand about who it is that takes care of the ill, works holidays, stays late without pay, etc etc. Shame on him for showing this side of his 'real' self.
I still have yet to hear his reasons for vetoeing this bill of staff pt ratio, nor have I heard his reason for his vetoe on the public disclosure of infection rates in hospitals. Sure he is attempting to offer nursing courses to many through many outreaach type programs, but, hey, he needs to deal with reality.
Apr 30, '05Dan Walters: Nurse shortage requires money and focus, not name calling
By Dan Walters -- Bee Columnist
Published 2:15 am PDT Friday, April 22, 2005
FRESNO - Were California a more rational society, rather than a maelstrom of abrasive interests, the name-calling conflict between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Nurses Association would vanish, and the nurse-training program at Fresno City College would be emulated throughout the state.
Fresno City produces more registered nurses than any other college in the state and is second nationally only to a college in Florida - filling an ever-growing need for nurses born of artificial restrictions on nurse training, the explosion of demand for health care, and looming retirements of baby boom generation nurses. California is short 14,000 nurses now, and that could grow to 50,000 in a few years.
The rational response would be to expand training programs that, in relative terms, are dirt cheap. It costs about $15,000 to train a nurse in the community colleges - but because of rigid rules, the state finances only half that amount, thus making colleges reluctant to expand their nursing programs. The upshot: California is training fewer than 6,000 new RNs a year, but needs 9,500, and 40 percent of nursing school applicants are turned away for lack of capacity.
Instead of expanding nurse training as the shortage worsened in the 1990s, however, state politicians did what politicians too often do: They acceded to a politically influential interest, the California Nurses Association.
The union pushed the Legislature and then-Gov. Gray Davis to impose limits on how many patients each nurse could tend, thus protecting nurses from taking up the slack from staff shortages, and also increasing their salary bargaining leverage - but doing nothing about the shortage.
In response, some hospitals have offered huge salaries, bonuses and perquisites - even new cars - to hire away nurses from other employers, or import them from other states. Others have simply cut down on bed space, or restricted the number of emergency patients they would accept.
The issue blew up when the Schwarzenegger administration decreed that tightening the ratio to one nurse for every five patients, scheduled to take effect this year, would be delayed for three years. Nurses began conducting noisy demonstrations at Schwarzenegger events, earning harsh responses from the Republican governor, and a judge ultimately overturned the administration's delay decree.
Like many political issues, this one has side agendas, one of which is that the California Nurses Association wants to expand outside of California and is using its victory on staffing ratios in California to recruit nurses in other states, none of which has a similar law on the books. From an organizational standpoint, Schwarzenegger did the CNA a big, if inadvertent, favor by taking on the union.
As the nurses turned up the political heat, Schwarzenegger sought to deflect it by shifting attention to the underlying nurse shortage. Last week, he unveiled a plan to spend $90 million over five years to expand nurse training and offered a rhetorical olive branch. Earlier, Schwarzenegger had branded the union a special interest that was upset because "I am always kicking their butts." Last week, he praised nurses as "people of compassion and courage."
The nurse shortage should be an opportunity, not a problem. The need is there, and so are enough potential nurses to fill the need, but we must expand training. Schwarzenegger's initiative, whatever its political origins, is a step in the right direction, as is a bill, AB 232, by Assemblyman Juan Arambula, D-Fresno, that would appropriate $45 million to expand nurse training and compel community colleges and the state university system to coordinate nurse training standards. He says it was inspired by the difficulty members of his own family encountered in seeking nurses' training, and his experiences with economic development and job training services as a county supervisor.
Arambula touted his bill at a recent job training conference sponsored by Fresno City College's parent organization, the State Center Community College District, thus placing the nurse shortage in its proper context: It should be an economic development and education issue, rather than a pointless political confrontation between a governor and a union.
Apr 30, '05Quote from RepThat happens when people elected a person who is only good at acting or pretending to be good.
reminds me of Ronald Reagan
Apr 30, '05http://www.calnurse.org/?Action=Content&id=806
April 19, 2005
Assembly Committee Approves California Nurses Association Bill to Allot $45 Million for 3,000 Nursing Education Slots
A California Nurses Association bill to create 3,000 additional nursing education slots in California community colleges over the next two years won bi-partisan approval today in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.
AB 232, carried by Assembly members Juan Arambula (D-Fresno) and Jerome Horton (D-Inglewood) on behalf of CNA, passed on a 6-1 vote. It would earmark $45 million to state workforce investment boards to expand nursing education programs in the state.
"This bill is an important step forward to assuring a continual supply of registered nurses in the future as we work to rebuild the nursing infrastructure in our state," said CNA President Deborah Burger, RN.
AB 232, she noted, "complements our efforts to improve patient care standards in hospitals, especially with the RN staffing ratio law which has dramatically increased the number of nurses at the bedside in California."
Safe staffing and expanded nursing education programs are essential elements for addressing future RN workforce needs, said Burger. "Ratios are critical to stopping the exodus of nurses out of the hospitals. Increased education funding is essential to assure there are sufficient RNs in the coming years as both the current nurse workforce and the patient population ages."
Following passage of the CNA-sponsored ratio law in 1999, California has made genuine progress in mitigating a nursing shortage created in the 1990s by hospital layoffs, replacement of RN staff, and the departure of many RNs unwilling to work in unsafe conditions.
California now exceeds by at least 15,000 projections of the demand for RNs in 2005 made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2002.
"Now we have the foundation to restore a stable RN workforce into the future at a time when the average age of RNs is nearing 50 and many are contemplating retirement," said Burger. CNA, she added, has sponsored programs for years to expand RN education funding, and worked on numerous RN education programs.
Apr 30, '05Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RNWho, him? And what is he saying about himself as governor, or in this photo dressed as a doc?"Set dressing?"
Nothing like demeaning, dehumanizing, and devaluing the VOTER.
Way to go, Dummy-Girlie-Man. :chuckle
May 2, '05http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/0...cle_501339.php
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Nursing ratio is patients' safety net
By Rose Ann DeMoro
executive director of the California Nurses Association
In his condemnation of the California Nurses Association, Register columnist Steven Greenhut belittles nurses for daring to challenge the policies of Gov. Schwarzenegger and the wealthy corporate interests who bankroll his agenda at the expense of patient care and other basic public protections ["Nurse ratchet," Commentary, April 24].
What has driven nurses, joined by teachers, parents, students and firefighters, in Orange County and across the state, to the streets is a critical battle to defend the living standards of middle America, which are under attack from rapacious corporations, abetted by a governor who has shattered all records for fund-raising and repaid his corporate donors many times over in kind.
Nurses have been in the foreground of this battle. In health care, the unfettered market the Register adores has produced 45 million uninsured Americans, skyrocketing premiums and deteriorating quality of care in institutions more concerned with the bottom line than with patient safety.
Nurse-to-patient ratios are a necessary corrective, restoring the patient safety net and assuring that all patients can and should expect a minimal yardstick of safe care, no matter what hospital they walk in the door or how much they have in their wallet.
Not coincidentally, safer hospitals are also a solution to the nursing shortage, created by years of reckless cost-cutting by the market which treated patients as "products" rather than living beings who, to nurses, are their patients, their communities and their families.
The ratios, in fact, have produced a dramatic turnaround, drawing thousands more nurses into the work force, far surpassing federal predictions for both the need and supply of nurses today.
If the Register, the governor and the hospital corporations succeed in their campaign to overturn the ratios, the progress we've made will be lost, creating a far worse shortage in the future.
The California Nurses Association, which provides a collective voice for California's nurses, is enormously proud to have won enactment of ratios, along with other achievements to protect patients, such as legislative curbs on HMO abuses and whistleblower protection for those who expose unsafe hospital conditions.
In an Enron-style era of unrelenting corporate profiteering, promoted and assisted by Gov. Schwarzenegger, unions, which fought for and won Social Security, Medicare, paid holidays, weekends off and many other basic measures that so many of us take for granted, provide an especially vital check and balance to assure we can continue to have a free society.
May 2, '05http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=103617
I put this in 'Current Events', but it might be more appropriate here.
I'm going to email my Assembly rep re: AB 232.