Registered nurses from nearly a dozen hospitals in California walked out on the job, grabbed picket signs and held a one-day strike Wednesday to protest massive cuts to patient care and RN livelihood. Many marched outside Sutter Health hospitals in the Bay Area where the corporation is proposing some 100 widespread reductions in patient services and RN contract standards. As patient advocates, they can’t stand by and let a greedy corporation — that has raked in nearly $4.2 billion in profits since 2005 — create a system that can harm patients and nursing standards.
Thursday will be monumental. That’s when nearly 23,000 registered nurses at 34 Northern and Central California hospitals will hold a one-day strike.
The massive walk-out is sending a message to two of California’s largest and most profitable hospital chains, Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente, as well as Children’s Hospital in Oakland.
Nurses, who are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, are fighting against attacks on their right to speak out for patient care, as well as cuts in healthcare, and retiree coverage for registered nurses and other frontline healthcare workers.