Ahead Of Picket, Bakersfield Memorial Says It ‘Prides Itself’ On Its Nurse Staffing Levels
The California Nurses Association says it is also picketing because it wants the hospital to address unsafe working conditions.
The Bakersfield Californian:
Bakersfield Memorial Defends Nurse Staffing Levels In Advance Of Picket
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital defended its nurse staffing levels Tuesday in advance of a labor union-led informational picketing event set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday outside the medical center. The hospital said in a email it was disappointed by the California Nurses Association’s decision to picket because "we pride ourselves (for being) compliant with California state-mandated RN staffing levels and excellent, safe patient care.” (Cox, 5/24)
In other news, the nurse to student ratio in California schools is grim —
California’s Glaring Shortage Of School Nurses
California falls significantly short of a new recommendation by an influential group of pediatricians calling for every school in the United States to have at least one nurse on site. Fifty-seven percent of California’s public school districts, with 1.2 million students, do not employ nurses, according to research from Sacramento State University’s School of Nursing. (Ibarra, 5/25)