In the news: Nurses’ union plans strike

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, October 26, 2009

 A 16,000-strong nurses' union, representing 39 hospitals in California and Nevada, is threatening a one-day strike because they say hospitals are not adequately protecting employees against the H1N1 virus, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The California Nursing Association (CNA) is negotiating contracts that expire in June, covering 13,000 nurses. CNA representatives say the union wants to use the contract negotiations to establish safety procedures across the nation. They want the healthcare systems to create a monitor position ensuring staffing ratios comply with California state mandates, and stop the practice of floating nurses from one department to another. The protest is planned for October 30th, according to the Journal.

CNA says hospitals should require the use of N95 respirator masks for nurses who have patients with the H1N1virus. The effectiveness of such masks is being widely debated by healthcare experts.

Source: The Wall Street Journal.

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