Union decision goes to nurses - California

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    Registered nurses at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto are scheduled to vote today and Friday to determine if they will join the California Nurses Association.



    About 765 nurses are eligible to cast ballots in the union election. A simple majority is needed for approval.

    Janet Pettit, who works in the hospital's intensive care nursery, said the union should improve benefits for the employees and give them more say in patient care.

    "I know there is a great feeling of support that this is the right thing to do," she said. The election stems from a December agreement between the CNA and the hospital's owner, Tenet Healthcare Corp., the second-largest for-profit hospital chain in the nation

    Read more: http://www.modbee.com/local/story/83...-9165949c.html
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    I am a RN at DMC-Modesto and I have to say YES to CNA coming in. Tenet is a huge corporation that undervalues their nurses in every aspect. From the pay to the "clinical ladder" system that is extensive, time consuming, and mostly on your own free time!!!!

    Tenet/DMC-Modesto needs to think about how they treat their nurses as it relates to their #1 commodity which is their patients, ie., customers!!! Why is it that Memorial Medical Center (Sutter) got a $2 across-the-board raise in January and we were told they couldn't do the same for us at DMC? They must not care about remaining competitive. Many of our surrounding hospitals including Sutter, CHW, and OVHD offer pension plans for their employees. How will they compete if they aren't forced to by representation from CNA? We need to stick together and vote yes to improving our work environment not only for ourselves, but our patients as well.

    Vote concludes on Friday at 8:30pm and the count will take place following the 8:30 deadline, so late Friday night we should know where we stand.
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    http://www.calnurse.org/press/32504.html

    March 25, 2004

    Pete Castelli, 510-409-9783, or Glynnis Golden-Ortiz, 323-497-3013.

    Mercy RNs Vote by 85% to Join Calif. Nurses Assn.

    By an emphatic 85% vote, Registered Nurses at Mercy Medical Center in Redding Thursday elected to join the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs.

    In a federally supervised secret ballot election, 310 RNs voted for CNA. The Laborer’s International Union/United Public Employees of California received 47 votes, and 6 nurses voted for no representation. More than 500 RNs are covered by the vote.

    Mercy is a part of Catholic Healthcare West, the largest Catholic hospital system in the Western United States, and one of the biggest hospital chains in California. CNA has achieved dramatic growth in the CHW system and now represents over 8,500 CHW RNs in 21 hospitals from Mt. Shasta to Long Beach.

    CNA President Deborah Burger, RN offered a “warm welcome to the dedicated nurses at Mercy Redding who have made it their mission to join their colleagues throughout the CHW system to make a difference for their colleagues and their patients.”

    Mercy RNs were ecstatic with the election results.

    “This was a great victory! We can now focus our efforts on negotiating our contract with CNA,” said Shelley Tirri, RN.

    “I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this election a success, and thanks to those who voted for this change,” said Teresa Kalista, RN. “I’m so excited to have an opportunity to make nursing an even more rewarding profession.”

    “We now have the power of all CHW hospitals, backed by CNA and thousands of CHW RNs, due to great teamwork for patients and staff.” – Ken Ross, RN.

    “CNA is leading the pack in raising the standards of nursing care for the safety of patients, and that’s an organization I’m proud to belong to,” said Gayle Critchfield, RN.

    “Nursing has come a long way. We are strong and united. It is an extreme honor to be part of a professional organization that has done so much for our practice and above all our patients,” added Marlene Wied, RN. “We will continue to grow in our profession as we continue to care for our patients with CNA’s advocacy.”

    With the Redding victory, CNA, one of the fastest growing unions in the nation, has now won 30 elections for more than 10,000 RNs since 2001, including elections for over 2,000 RNs at 10 hospitals this year alone. Overall, CNA now represents some 57,000 RNs at more than 160 facilities across California.
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    California nurses,

    Just read the article about Vallejo Schools laying off most of their nurses, "Schools May Lose Most of their Nurses." The news article says they are union. Anybody out there know WHICH union? If they're CNA how can their boss stretch them so thin? Doesn't the staff ratio law apply to them?

    C'mon you Golden Staters, somebody give me a clue!
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    School nurses are not part of the nurse/patient ratio legislature. Unfortunately with the budget crisis in California many school districts are really hurting for money. Teachers in some districts have taken 4% pay cuts just to save jobs. Nurses, Librarians, Theater Arts Instructors, etc. are seen as supplemental staff. The teachers and kids will lose the support that they get from these people and be even more over burdened. It is not a good situation! I do find it interesting that the community will hold a fund raiser to keep the Music teacher on staff, but not the school nurse, who has been there for 20 years.

    However, in the paper today it states that thousands of retired public employees in Calfornia are getting $100,000-plus pensions. The number will soar in coming years, squeezing government budgets and forcing cuts in services or higher taxes. A Daily News survey of government pension data found 427 retirees in the California State Teachers' Retirement System have pensions paying more than $100,000 a year, including 67 who retired in Los Angeles Unified School District. Of course the SEIU points out that the vast majority of government employees don't receive large pensions.

    I wrote an article for the newspaper about 4 years ago, after a school shooting, stressing the importance of school nurses at every school. (and I mean RNs, not aides) Part of the problem is that the majority of people don't realize how complex the school nurse position has become and how much they do for kids. It's more than just putting bandaides on a skinned knee.
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    FiestyNurse,

    Thanks for the post, I knew one of my California Buddies would come through.

    Yes, you're right about big-time money crunch out there. About five years ago, my friend Nancy was a big honcho in personnel for Temecula Public Schools. They had just enacted class room limits so Nancy offered me a teaching job, on my 20-year old BA in psychology. 2 years later, the big boom in Temecula was over, so they "down-sized" Nancy, (politically--is there any other kind?)

    Yes, when I read the article, my breath was taken, when I learned what the Vallejo Nurses do.

    You looked at big-time retirements in L.A. I think we need to look at typical reitrements as well as the "out-lyers". If we watch the sports reports we'd all think that every professional athlete makes millions, but there are a lot more people who are busting thier buns for very little pay. We never hear about them, that's why so many parents help their children with their athletic careers instead of helping them with their home work. The same story is told by starving artists of every kind.

    If I wasn't so busy trying to get my career back on track, I would do some research on the topic of Nursing salaries. The last one I heard about was in a Nurse "Journal", which did a survey of ten major cities. They found that most places, nurses would make better money as grocery clerks. I'm sure that would NOT be the case today. I don't need to remind you of the bloody struggle out there!

    One study compared nurse and physician salaries. In 1950 the average physician earned double what the average nurse made. In 1970 it was FIVE TIMES as much. Consider the increase in the amount of patient responisibility! In 1950 only doctors could start IVs, draw ABGs and do much of anything but monitor, and on critical patients all nurses could do was have the doctor do that! Since I haven't looked at the subject since the early 80's, I am afraid to look at it today.

    The last Level 2 I worked at, I had to go waaaaaaay outside any nurse's scope of practice, just to keep my patients alive! Of course I ALWAYS tried to find a doctor first, charting my attempts to contact them. When I took critical care counter measures without a doc, I ALWAYS wrote physicians orders, even for verbal orders, PRINTING "V.O., Dr. Quack." When I'd hand somebody unauthorized pills to take home I would always tell them, "Please remember, I DID NOT GIVE YOU THESE, YOU FOUND THEM IN THE TRASH."

    You folks out there have a lot of problems. I know I could live a very good life here, or even better in Vera Cruz, Mexico, but maybe a hundred grand aint so much in L.A. any more. I don't know if y'all can buy gas to keep your SUVs destroying the ozone layer!





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