RNs Spoil the Oscar Party for Gov. Schwarzenegger

  1. RNs Spoil the Oscar Party for Gov. Schwarzenegger Variety Ad Today Follows Air Protest and Party Spoof

    LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2005--Oscar night, and the morning after, may not bring back the most cherished memories for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Continuing a series of actions to challenge the governor's attack on RNs, hospital patient safety standards, and a record of non-stop corporate fundraising, the California Nurses Association conducted a series of events that concluded today with a full ad on the inside cover of Hollywood's largest trade paper, Variety.
    Additionally, Monday, Time magazine featured a full page article on the ongoing RN protests against the governor, in a story that opened, "Perhaps someone should have warned Arnold Schwarzenegger that nurses are no pushovers."

    On Sunday, the RNs, joined by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, sponsored airplanes flying over the Academy Award festivities. The evening concluded an RN political theater and protest performance outside the gala Vanity Fair party that apparently stymied the governor's plans to arrive at the party and join his fellow celebrities in a walk up the red carpet. Observers on the scene reported that the governor was on route to the party, but aborted his plans on word of the protest.

    The ad, appearing directly across from Variety's reportage on the Oscar winners reminds Variety readers and Gov. Schwarzenegger's friends in the Hollywood community about the governor's decision to brand nurses as "special interests" while raising more political cash from corporate donors than any politician in California history. In exchange the ad noted, "as soon as he got to Sacramento, the Governor put vital health policy up for sale. Generous corporations are cashing in big time."

    On Sunday, as celebrants arrived for the Oscar telecast, an "Air Arnold," plane flew overhead trailing a banner reading, "Bad Actors Make Worse Governors."

    At the Vanity Fair party, as a host of celebrities arrived for the post-Oscar celebration, a limo drove up with six performers in Arnold Schwarzenegger masks. Each climbed out to be greeted by an aging Hollywood "star" presenting "Arnold money" symbolizing public funds that she suggested he pass directly to his corporate executive friends and donors in the pharmaceutical, hospital, energy, car dealer, and film industries.

    Concurrently, a crowd of six dozen RN protests showered jeers on the mock performers, while an "Air Arnold" plane flew overhead streaming lighted banners reading, "It's No Party for Nurses, Teachers and Students," and "Governor, Stop the Fundraising -- the People."

    Source: http://www.calnurse.org/?Action=Content&id=711
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  3. by   kat911
    Quote from brian
    RNs Spoil the Oscar Party for Gov. Schwarzenegger Variety Ad Today Follows Air Protest and Party Spoof

    LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2005--Oscar night, and the morning after, may not bring back the most cherished memories for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    Continuing a series of actions to challenge the governor's attack on RNs, hospital patient safety standards, and a record of non-stop corporate fundraising, the California Nurses Association conducted a series of events that concluded today with a full ad on the inside cover of Hollywood's largest trade paper, Variety.
    Additionally, Monday, Time magazine featured a full page article on the ongoing RN protests against the governor, in a story that opened, "Perhaps someone should have warned Arnold Schwarzenegger that nurses are no pushovers."

    On Sunday, the RNs, joined by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, sponsored airplanes flying over the Academy Award festivities. The evening concluded an RN political theater and protest performance outside the gala Vanity Fair party that apparently stymied the governor's plans to arrive at the party and join his fellow celebrities in a walk up the red carpet. Observers on the scene reported that the governor was on route to the party, but aborted his plans on word of the protest.

    The ad, appearing directly across from Variety's reportage on the Oscar winners reminds Variety readers and Gov. Schwarzenegger's friends in the Hollywood community about the governor's decision to brand nurses as "special interests" while raising more political cash from corporate donors than any politician in California history. In exchange the ad noted, "as soon as he got to Sacramento, the Governor put vital health policy up for sale. Generous corporations are cashing in big time."

    On Sunday, as celebrants arrived for the Oscar telecast, an "Air Arnold," plane flew overhead trailing a banner reading, "Bad Actors Make Worse Governors."

    At the Vanity Fair party, as a host of celebrities arrived for the post-Oscar celebration, a limo drove up with six performers in Arnold Schwarzenegger masks. Each climbed out to be greeted by an aging Hollywood "star" presenting "Arnold money" symbolizing public funds that she suggested he pass directly to his corporate executive friends and donors in the pharmaceutical, hospital, energy, car dealer, and film industries.

    Concurrently, a crowd of six dozen RN protests showered jeers on the mock performers, while an "Air Arnold" plane flew overhead streaming lighted banners reading, "It's No Party for Nurses, Teachers and Students," and "Governor, Stop the Fundraising -- the People."

    Source: http://www.calnurse.org/?Action=Content&id=711

    " Bad Actors Make Worse Govenors" Oh yeah that's a professional response! Personal attacks will not win the CNA any points. Stick to the issues and leave the personal attacks out of it.I wouln't want the public to become confused between nurses and slimy politicians who don't address issues, only launch personal attacks. We saw too much of that behavior this past year during the Presidential elections. Lets not bring our profession down to that level! :angryfire
  4. by   UnewmeB4
    Quote from kat911
    " Bad Actors Make Worse Govenors" Oh yeah that's a professional response! Personal attacks will not win the CNA any points. Stick to the issues and leave the personal attacks out of it.I wouln't want the public to become confused between nurses and slimy politicians who don't address issues, only launch personal attacks. We saw too much of that behavior this past year during the Presidential elections. Lets not bring our profession down to that level! :angryfire
    Ain't that the truth! I am glad to hear I am not the only one who gets annoyed with these kind of tactics. It is so childish, not professional. Those are the things that turned me off to the unions. I think the public will soon get sick and tired of these diatribes against ONE person. It will grow old quicky. Will they be better off when this is over?

    I think the nurses need to reach the consumer, making them aware of the responsibilities of the nurse in the hospitals, that we are not just giving them clean beds and bodies and pills. Those consumers often end up as patients, and need to be aware that the outcome of their hospitalization most likely will be related to the quality of their nurses. When a patient comments that the nurses are worked too hard, or get paid too little, I thank them, and encourage them to write to their Representatives, as they are the ones who change the laws.
  5. by   wannabemw
    Quote from kat911
    " Bad Actors Make Worse Govenors" Oh yeah that's a professional response! Personal attacks will not win the CNA any points. Stick to the issues and leave the personal attacks out of it.I wouln't want the public to become confused between nurses and slimy politicians who don't address issues, only launch personal attacks. We saw too much of that behavior this past year during the Presidential elections. Lets not bring our profession down to that level! :angryfire
    Thank you! I couldn't agree more!
  6. by   Bjo
    I, on the other hand, think they should keep it up. They aren't getting their point across any other way. The squeeky wheel usually gets the oil. Regardless of them being professional or not, they are making their point in a way that gains them publicity and that is what they need to win their position. I say "keep it up".
  7. by   RNPATL
    I think it is great that nurses are finally standing up for the profession and being counted! It is about time that we (nurses) recognize the political clout we have in our numbers and start using that clout to make some real changes for patient safety once and for all. Bravo to CNA!
  8. by   Nancy2
    You speak of political clout. I would like to let you all know that the politics of CNA involves the LABOR Party. It is a political party stared in 1996. You can visit their website to see what they are about. It's pretty scary to me. RoseAnne Demoro, the CNA executive director actually chaired the Labor Party 2002 convention. CNA as an organization pays $1000.00 a year to belong to this political party. Most RNs I know, including myself are not Socialists nor Communists and are not aspiring to be so. So when you speak of political clout is this really the way to get it? :uhoh21:
  9. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Nancy2
    You speak of political clout. I would like to let you all know that the politics of CNA involves the LABOR Party. Most RNs I know, including myself are not Socialists nor Communists and are not aspiring to be so. So when you speak of political clout is this really the way to get it? :uhoh21:
    As it is working better than anything the "ladylike" ANA has ever done, yes, I'll go for it.

    And I am an individual working for the good of Nursing, neither communist, nor socialist, neither Republican nor Democrat, but an individual who reads and has the temerity to use her brain rather than been told what to think by a group.

    Nancy2, your posts only show up in opposition to labor/strikes. Do you have an interest in other aspects on improving patient care and the image of Nursing? Or are labor disputes the only threads that you troll for?

    Just curious.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I still say GO CNA. Being "nice" has gotten nursing NO WHERE. I DOUBT the AMA is "nice" either, when fighting for THEIR issues/rights.
  11. by   RNPATL
    Nancy2 - I am struggling to understand your point. Are you of the belief that nurses should just sit quietly while the AMA, Governors and other professions walk all over us? I think it is high time that nursing finally has taken a stand. No, I do not support labor unions, but at the same time, I do support the advancement of nursing and improved patient safety standards. Not sure I really care how we get there (as long as it is legal and ethical) just as long as we get there.

    Sorry to say that I agree with Smiling .... the ANA has done nothing for the bedside nurse. Maybe that is the reason that California pulled out of the association in favor of getting some action for nursing.

    I only wish that nurses could come together, across all States and stand up with one voice for the advancement of the profession and for better patient safety. I applaud the nurses in California and am proud to stand with them as they challenge and put the Governor in his place. How dare a government official make a stand against nurses like he has. I for one support them and will defend their position as I would hope ALL nurses would!
  12. by   Student_RN
    I agree with the struggle the nurses are putting forth in California. I only wish I were there to help them out and to support them. I feel that with the disrespectful treatment A. Schwarzenegger has given the nursing community it's time for nurses to stand up and let him know how we feel.

    He wants to flex his political muscles? Fine, but I don't think one man's political muscles are rival for a mob of angry nurses. Schwarzenegger hasn't acted as a political figure with the way he has treated nurses and maybe the nursing community should try and get a recall implemented...

    I think we should petition for a recall of Gov. Schwarzenegger. :angryfire

    Chris. :Melody:
  13. by   roxannekkb
    Quote from caroladybelle
    As it is working better than anything the "ladylike" ANA has ever done, yes, I'll go for it.

    And I am an individual working for the good of Nursing, neither communist, nor socialist, neither Republican nor Democrat, but an individual who reads and has the temerity to use her brain rather than been told what to think by a group.

    Nancy2, your posts only show up in opposition to labor/strikes. Do you have an interest in other aspects on improving patient care and the image of Nursing? Or are labor disputes the only threads that you troll for?

    Just curious.
    Couldn't agree with you more, Caroladybelle. The sweet and demure mumuring of nurses in the past has not gotten us anywhere. Nurses are generally great at complaining in the breakroom, but somehow the cat gets their tongue when they enter the boardroom.

    I would agree that some of these maneuvers are tacky, but they gain attention. And that is what is needed, for the public to sit up and take notice. Sitting quietly does nothing--take a look at the shape nursing is in. The same problems, the same old song, decade after decade.

    No, I have to commend the CNA for being aggressive. The governor needs to know that he's not going to win this one, and that for everything he dishes out, the nurses (and others) are going to throw it right back at him.
  14. by   Bjo
    Nurses in all states should be as assertive and outspoken as the CNA. Voices are only heard when they are projected loud and clear for all to hear. The more voices, the louder the message. I am in total support of what they are doing.

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