Nurses to Hold One-day Strikes Sept. 20 at Tenet Hospitals Throughout California RNs Urge Management to Invest in RN Staff and Patient Care

Sept. 17, 2019

Registered nurses at eight Tenet hospitals throughout California will hold one-day strikes, urging management to invest in nursing staff. This will improve the recruitment and retention of experienced RNs, and ensure optimal patient care, say nurses.

The RNs plan strikes at Tenet facilities in Modesto, San Ramon, Turlock, Los Alamitos, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, Templeton, and San Luis Obispo. On the same date, Sept. 20, nurses also will hold the first RN strike in the history of Arizona at two hospitals in Tucson, and the first hospital RN strike ever in the state of Florida at two Tenet facilities there.

Over 150,000 people who hold active RN licenses in California do not work as nurses, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some of these are retired or unemployed while others are choosing not to work in the field.

“We believe more California nurses would choose to work at the hospital bedside if there were staffing and other working conditions that supported their providing optimal care to patients,” said Janice Ames, one of over 5400 RNs who work at the Tenet hospitals going out on strike in Florida, Arizona and throughout California.

California

Joshua Tree: Hi-Desert Medical Center, 9/20, 7:00 a.m. to 9/21, 6:59 a.m.

6601 White Feather Rd, Joshua Tree

Contact: Raquel Ruiz, 747-215-4243

Los Alamitos: Los Alamitos Medical Center, 9/20, 7:00 a.m. to 9/21, 6:59 a.m.

Rally 9/20, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

3751 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos

Contact: Erik Macatuno, 562-577-4668

Modesto: Doctors Medical Center of Modesto, 9/20, 7:00 a.m. to 9/21, 6:59 a.m.

Rally 9/20, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

1441 Florida Avenue, Modesto

Contact: Cheli Guzman, 510-457-5117

Palm Springs: Desert Regional Medical Center, 9/20, 7:00 a.m. to 9/21, 6:59 a.m.

Rally 9/20, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

1150 North Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs

Contact: Raquel Ruiz, 747-215-4243

San Luis Obispo: Sierra Vista Regional Med Center, 9/20, 7:00 a.m. to 9/21, 6:59 a.m.

Rally 9/20, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

1010 Murray Avenue, San Luis Obispo

Contact: Tom Dunne, 510-219-9615

San Ramon: San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 9/20, 7:00 a.m. to 9/21, 6:59 a.m.

Rally 9/20, 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m.

6001 Norris Canyon Rd, San Ramon

Contact: Becka Beatty, 408-802-4668

Templeton: Twin Cities Community Hospital, 9/20, 7:00 a.m. to 9/21, 6:59 a.m.

1100 Las Tablas Rd, Templeton

Contact: Tom Dunne, 510-219-9615

Turlock: Emanuel Medical Center, 9/20, 6:45 a.m. to 9/21, 6:44 a.m.

Rally 9/20, 11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

825 Delbon Ave, Turlock

Contact: Cheli Guzman, 510-457-5117

“I am honored to have worked as a nurse for 25 years, and share with my colleagues a deep commitment to advocating for my patients,” said Ginny Gary, an RN in the ICU at Los Alamitos Medical Center. “We know that to give the best care it is very important for nurses to get rest and meal breaks. When the hospital has adequate staffing it is more likely that nurses can take their meal and rest breaks and return to work alert and nourished.”

Research studies shows that when RNs are able to take adequate rest and meal breaks they are more likely not to experience fatigue, which can lead to medical errors, and injuries to both RNs and their patients. According to information supplied by Tenet, the company paid out a total of nearly eight million dollars in penalty pay to RNs from 2016-2018 for more than 140,000 missed meal breaks in the eight California hospitals holding the pickets. In 2018 nurses at these hospitals reported more than 57,000 missed breaks, a twenty eight percent increase over 2016.

Research also shows that when nurses don’t work overly long hours they are more likely to provide safe patient care. According to data supplied by Tenet, the hospitals are increasingly utilizing “on call” nurses for the OR and other units for regularly scheduled procedures and non-emergent situations, rather than using “on call,” the way it is supposed to be used, for unexpected, emergent conditions. When a nurse is “on call,” they are required to return to the hospital within 30 minutes, and this includes nurses being called in after they’ve already worked an entire shift, before they’ve had an adequate rest period.

The data provided by Tenet shows that in 2018, nurses worked more than two full weeks of overtime from “on call” work and being called back in, including right after, or within hours of completing a full shift. Since 2016 this practice has increased 48 percent.

In 2018 three Tenet hospitals showed an even greater dependency on “on call” staff.  Nurses at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, averaged more than 1000 hours each on call.

California Nurses Association (CNA) represents 3681 registered nurses at the California facilities participating in the strikes on Sept. 20. CNA is affiliated with National Nurses United, the largest and fastest growing union of registered nurses in the United States with 150,000 members. NNU plays a leadership role in safeguarding the health and safety of RNs and their patients and has won landmark legislation in the areas of staffing, safe patient handling, infectious disease and workplace violence prevention.

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