California Nurses Association
California RNs to Picket Gov. Schwarzenegger
to Protest Attack on Patient Safety
Governor Holds 'Women's Conference' While Rolling Back RN Staffing Ratios that Protect Women Patients and Caregivers
Registered nurses and other caregivers represented by the California Nurses Association and SEIU Locals 660 and 121 RN from dozens of hospitals across Southern California will rally against Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outside his Women's Conference this Tuesday, to protest his attempt to erode a state law that ensures safety protections for hospital patients, the CNA announced today.
What: California RNs Picket Governor's Women's Conference
When: Tuesday, December 7
Time: 8:15 am picketing begins, 9:30 am press conference
Where: Long Beach Convention Center, corner of Pine and Bay, in downtown Long Beach
"It's ironic that the Governor is celebrating his commitment to women, while at the same time undercutting the RN staffing ratios that our nurses-who are mostly women-and their patients need," said CNA President Deborah Burger, RN.
In early November, Gov. Schwarzenegger issued an executive order to roll back key provisions of the California law requiring safe RN hospital staffing. His edict was made at the specific request of the state's multi-billion hospital industry which is among the special interests that have contributed more than million to the governor in his first year.
"By executive fiat, without any participation by RNs, patients, or the public at large, this governor has given big hospital corporations the green light to under-staff California hospitals, placing thousands of California patients at risk," continued Burger.
The executive order was based on media reports, citing a hospital industry public relations campaign, CNA noted. No data or studies were presented, just select newspaper articles, as justification. By contrast, scores of scientific studies have documented the direct correlation between safe RN staffing and reduced patient deaths.