Some 18,000 union nurses are walking picket lines at Kaiser Permanente medical facilities in Northern and Central California. California Nurses Association bargaining unit chief Zenei Cortez is walking a picket line in the San Francisco area to make a point about patient care.
She points out since the Affordable Care Act was put in place, Kaiser Permanente medical facilities have added tens of thousands of new patients without having a proportionate increase in staffing. Tomorrow, union nurses in California will join RNs in more than a dozen other states and Washington, DC in a National Day of Action aimed at ensuring they are properly trained to handle Ebola cases should they arise. Cortez says the nurses believe they don't have enough information about the virus and enough training on equipment which would be used to handle any cases.
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