Registered nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center issue 10-day strike notice

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Nurses say management must tackle issues of high turnover and workplace violence

Registered nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) in Oakland and Berkeley have sent Sutter Health 10 days’ notice to notify hospital administration that nurses intend to stage a five-day strike. days from Oct. 24 to Oct. 28 in response to ongoing patient care issues, including workplace violence and high turnover rates, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today .

“As nurses, we know that for a hospital to be a true place of healing, it must be safe for those seeking care and for those providing care,” said Mike Hill, RN. in the intensive care unit. “It is the responsibility of management to ensure that patients and healthcare workers are safe in their facilities. A facility is safe when it retains experienced nurses, all staff are properly trained, and we have unit-specific workplace violence prevention plans.

ABSMC RNs say one of the reasons for the high turnover of nurses is deteriorating hospital conditions.

“It’s not uncommon for a newly graduated nurse to come to our hospital to get a year or two of experience and then leave,” said Ann Gaebler, registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. “We are honored to mentor these young nurses, but it is crucial for our patients that we retain these young nurses and our experienced nurses. »

California’s Workplace Violence Prevention Act went into effect in 2017, and in April 2018, state healthcare employers were required to identify specific risk factors for each unit. and throughout a facility, as well as establishing procedures to address any risk of workplace violence, including providing adequate staffing to protect nurses, other health care workers, patients, families and visitors. In August of last year, Cal/OSHA fined Sutter for numerous serious violations, including failing to have a proper workplace violence prevention plan in place at the medical center.

CNA represents 1,800 nurses at Sutter Health’s ABSMC campuses.


The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the nation’s largest and fastest growing union and professional association for registered nurses with 100,000 members at more than 200 facilities across California and more than 180,000 AI nationwide.

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