As a nurse who traveled and worked in California, I found this article to be quite entertaining and informative. I was in California when the Nurse’s Union picketed the state capitol building and when the governor made his now famous statement about “kicking butt”.
It’s strange to me that Arnold Schwarzenegger has chosen nurses and teachers as his enemy. To me, this indicates just how far out of touch with the real world he is. He doesn’t worry about getting quality care for his family or for himself and he doesn’t have to worry about his children’s education, thanks to his movie star income and the rich family he married into. The rest of the world has to worry about such mundane issues.
Please read the article from WeNews and let me know your thoughts, won’t you? I’ve only posted part of the article here, but I recommend clicking over to read the entire story because it is quite informative.
By Rebecca Vesely
Thursday, March 24, 2005
In their ongoing wrestling match with Schwarzenegger over hospital staffing, California nurses are proving to be tough opponents for the former action-movie star. Last week they pinned him down in court with a ruling the governor is now appealing.
SAN FRANCISCO (WOMENSENEWS)–California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has met a foe to match any from his blockbuster action movies: nurses.
To counter what they regard as Schwarzenegger’s strong-arm legal tactics to hold back staffing hikes, members of the state’s nurses’ union–the majority of whom are women–have maintained a vigorous schedule of well-attended protests, stunts to protest and embarrass the muscular governor and negative advertising campaigns.
On March 14, nurses managed a legal pin-down when a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled that the governor had improperly invoked an emergency measure to suspend parts of a landmark nurse staffing law.
The judge ordered hospitals to comply with nurse-to-patient ratios immediately, which mandate 1 nurse to every 5 patients on medical and surgical wards, up from the former 1-to-6 ratio that the governor had moved to uphold.
Judge Judy Holzer Hersher also ruled the state could not suspend other provisions of the ratio law, such as allowing emergency rooms to break the ratios during very busy times. She called the governor’s emergency regulation “an end run around the regulatory process.”
The state, along with the California Hospital Association, filed an appeal within days seeking to overturn the ruling. Ken August, spokesperson for the state Department of Health Services, said the appeal will likely be heard in the next several weeks.
In the meantime the state will urge hospitals to comply with the law and has sent a letter to the hospitals to that effect.
State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, an Oakland Democrat, will hold a hearing on the nurse staffing ratios on April 4.
At a Sacramento press conference, Perata predicted that the legislature would be “like junkyard dogs,” in their support of the nurses. He said the hearings would focus on whether the administration violated a legislative mandate to implement and enforce the staffing law.
Hospital Association Outcry
The California Hospital Association, an ally of Schwarzenegger in this issue, said hospitals are closing because they can’t meet the ratio requirements amid a severe nursing shortage. The association estimates hospitals will need an additional 4,000 nurses just to meet the new ratios on medical and surgical floors. This is on top of the 14,000 nurse vacancies that already exist at hospitals statewide, according to the […read the rest here…]
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