Please Stand in Solidarity with Sutter RNs in California!
Following the death of a patient under the care of a strike replacement nurse during the unwarranted, punitive lockout of nurses by Sutter corporation, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is calling on Sutter’s CEO Pat Fry to immediately end the lockout and return to the bargaining table to address the critical patient safety issues that are at the heart of the nurses’ differences with Sutter. Various media reports today described the patient death at Sutter’s Summit hospital in Oakland, Ca. that occurred, said the San Francisco Chronicle, while the patient “was under the care of a replacement nurse.”
Read CNA/NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro’s letter to Sutter CEO Pat Fry here.
~ PLEASE TAKE ACTION ~
IN THE CALIFORNIA BAY AREA: Attend a 7:00 p.m. candlelight vigil tonight, Sunday September 25 at Oakland's Summit Hospital
where the patient death occurred.
Read CNA/NNU's press release here | Get the vigil flyer here
NATIONALLY: Please Write a Letter in Support of California RNs!
Click here to send Sutter CEO Patrick Fry an email message
(sample letter provided)
Tell him to end Sutter's lockout of regular
scheduled bedside nurses immediatey!
"An incident like this is chilling and strikes right to our nurses' concern about their ability to advocate for their patients," CNA/NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro, told the Chronicle. "It was irresponsible to lock out those nurses."
Throughout the region, experienced, long term RNs at Sutter and Children’s hospital arrived for regularly scheduled shifts but were turned away by hospital executives,” said DeMoro. “This disgraceful and unsafe lockout is the latest indication of Sutter’s disregard for its patients and nurses, which is also seen in its drastic cuts in patient services across the region and the nearly 200 demands Sutter has made for sweeping reductions in nurses and patient care standards.”
Just hours before the patient death, CNA Friday had asked the California Department of Public Health to conduct a formal investigation in response to reports that replacement RNs used during the lockout lack the appropriate clinical competencies and certifications that are necessary for safe patient care.
In solidarity, thank you.
California Nurses Association
2000 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94619