Schwarzenegger Says Nurses are "Set Dressing"

  1. 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 part of the set dressing," he said in an interview this week. "It's kind of like the extras when you do a movie and you need extras in the background. That's what they've become. That's fine with me."

    http://www.sacbee.com/content/politi...13318409c.html

    Here's the entire article:

    Members of the California Nurses Association stood up as Schwarzenegger was speaking at the Sheraton Grand on Thursday and unfurled a banner reading, "Stop the Power Grab."

    A week earlier, they protested as the Republican governor and a group of Hollywood stars arrived for a Sacramento movie premiere. The California Highway Patrol pulled one nurse out of the theater audience for questioning after spotting her hospital uniform.

    The CNA plans to fly an anti-Schwar-zenegger banner over the Oscar ceremonies in Hollywood on Sunday night.

    Officials of the state's largest nurses union say their concern is patient safety: They want the governor to stop blocking new regulations that would boost the number of nurses hospitals are required to have on duty.

    Largely due to the sponsorship of the CNA, California last year became the first state in the nation to institute mandatory nurse-patient ratios for hospitals. Until Schwarzenegger stepped in, the allowable ratio of patients to nurses was scheduled to decrease in January. The plan would have increased the mandatory number of nurses since each nurse would be handling fewer patients.

    But critics of the registered nurses union - namely, hospitals - say the group's aggressive tactics are more suited to the Teamsters than to caregivers. And they charge that the CNA is using the publicity as part of a national organizing drive.

    "What's important is that people understand their agenda," said Jan Emerson, a spokeswoman for the California Hospital Association. "Their vitriolic campaigning citing what are honestly minor changes to the ratios is not about their so-called concern about patients. It is about their efforts to make themselves a national labor union."

    Schwarzenegger himself is dismissive of the protesters who are becoming a regular part of his political road show.

    "They are becoming now more and more part of the set dressing," he said in an interview this week. "It's kind of like the extras when you do a movie and you need extras in the background. That's what they've become. That's fine with me."

    Officials at the CNA see the complaints about their tactics as pure sexism.

    "If you know anything about nurses at the bedside, they are extremely vocal in making sure they get the staffing they need," said Deborah Burger, a nurse who is president of the CNA. "They have to go up against sometimes very hostile hospital administrators and doctors. It only seems hostile or assertive because I think there's a bit of a gender bias. ... It's really trying to say women are not acting as they are supposed to."...
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  3. by   jaimealmostRN
    I give the CNA my 100% support, and as far as I'm concerned, Schwarzawhatever was a horrible "actor" and is now a horrible governor.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    "Set dressing?"

    Nothing like demeaning, dehumanizing, and devaluing the VOTER.

    Way to go, Dummy-Girlie-Man. :chuckle
  5. by   jnette
    Such arrogance......... :stone
  6. by   oramar
    This guy is digging himself in deeper and deeper. I predict that membership in CNA will triple after that remark. In the end his stupidity is a good thing.
  7. by   sunnyjohn
    Set dressing?????

    "Would you like some mustard with your foot Governor S.?"
  8. by   Rep
    That happens when people elected a person who is only good at acting or pretending to be good.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Which in Politics is roughly 99.9% of the time Rep.
  10. by   Rep
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Which in Politics is roughly 99.9% of the time Rep.
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    Which in Politics is roughly 99.9% of the time Rep.
    KUDOS !!! :chuckle
  12. by   CardioTrans
    You know, I dont even live in California, but I have been following the things posted about what the govenor is trying to do to nursing there. The man has lost his mind, and every time he opens his mouth, he is inserting his foot deeper and deeper down his throat. I was reading my husband some of the things he said last night........ my husbands comment was "he doesnt know what he is doing to himself, or the tree that he is barking up is the wrong one".
  13. by   MissPiggy
    Quote from jaimealmostRN
    I give the CNA my 100% support, and as far as I'm concerned, Schwarzawhatever was a horrible "actor" and is now a horrible governor.
    I just wish he'd have to go to the hospital where I work...
  14. by   happthearts
    [QUOTE=lizz]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 part of the set dressing," he said in an interview this week. "It's kind of like the extras when you do a movie and you need extras in the background. That's what they've become. That's fine with me."

    OUCH! I hope he never needs a nurse bad .

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