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UCSF NNU-CNA Nurses & Corvid-19 "When Nurses Aren't Safe, Patients Aren't Safe"
by Labor Video Project
Wednesday Mar 11th, 2020 7:04 PM
National Nurses Union CNA nurses at UCSF held a press conference to talk about the serious health and safety protection that is critical to healthcare providers and patients. They reported that they have to re-use masks, are understaffed and there is a lack of communication from management.
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UCSF NNU CNA nurses rallied on 3/11/20 and spoke out about the growing dangers facing frontline healthcare workers.

They reported that they are having to re-use masks and that the CDC has downgraded health and safety protections for nurses and other healthcare workers.

UCSF NNU CNA nurses also discussed the serious understaffing of the hospital threatening proper protection and safety for the staff and and patients even without the pandemic.

The World Health Organization on the same day labeled this a world pandemic which is the first pandemic since 1919.

The UCSF management according to the nurses has refused to provide information about the serious issues facing the nurses and also refused to comment to the media about the re-use of masks and other issues.

Additional media:
National Nurses United Response To COVID-19
https://www.nationalnursesunited.org/covid-19

UCSF Nurses Say We Are Not Prepared For Ebola! NNU CNA Nurses Demand Mandatory Protocols
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIIEnJuMhl4

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NNU Calls National Day Of Action On 3/11/20 - As CDC further weakens COVID-19 guidance, nurses outraged by failed federal, state, local, employer efforts stage day of action Wednesday to demand protections for nurses, patients, public


As CDC further weakens COVID-19 guidance,
nurses outraged by failed federal, state, local, employer efforts stage day of action Wednesday to demand protections for nurses, patients, public

For Immediate Release
Date: March 10, 2020
Contact: press [at] nationalnursesunited.org

Registered nurses are outraged to learn that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday further weakened its guidance on measures to contain COVID-19. These changes include, among other things, rolling back personal protective equipment (PPE) standards from N-95 respirators to allow simple surgical masks; not requiring suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients to be placed in negative pressure isolation rooms at all times; and weakening protections for health care workers collecting diagnostic respiratory specimens. These are moves that National Nurses United nurses say will gravely endanger nurses, health care workers, patients, and our communities.

To protest the ineffective employer and government response to COVID-19 and demand protections now, nurses will be holding a national day of action on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, said the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) and National Nurses United. Nurses are fighting back collectively by holding rallies, press conferences, and solidarity actions across the country to demand optimal screening and isolation procedures and policies, staffing, PPE, training and education, and more.

“If nurses and health care workers aren’t protected, that means patients and the public are not protected,” said Bonnie Castillo, RN and CNA/NNOC and NNU executive director. “This is a major public health crisis of unknown proportions. Now is not the time to be weakening our standards and protections, or cutting corners. Now is the time we should be stepping up our efforts.”

CNA/NNOC and NNU note that some states, such as California, can maintain a higher standard of infectious disease protections for workers. In California, nurses and health care workers are protected by Cal-OSHA’s aerosol transmissible diseases standard, and Castillo said it is critical that the state hold the line on public health by vigorously enforcing those rules.

In addition to lobbying almost every federal health agency, the presidential administration, and members of Congress, and California health agencies to step up protections, NNU recently surveyed RNs nationwide, finding that the vast majority of the nation's health care facilities are unprepared for COVID-19, with only 29 percent of nurses reporting that their hospitals have a plan in place to isolate a coronavirus patient, and only 30 percent saying their employer has enough personal protective equipment if there is a rapid surge in patients with possible COVID-19 infections.

Many hospitals and healthcare facilities have failed to provide adequate personal protective equipment to nurses working with COVID-19 patients. Some facilities are telling nurses to continue to work while asymptomatic, even though they’ve been exposed to the virus and might be contagious. Testing at hospitals has been sporadic.

“We follow the precautionary principle, which means we shouldn’t wait for harm to occur before we take action to protect people’s health,” said Cathy Kennedy, RN at Kaiser Roseville.

Go to CNA/NNU’s COVID-19 page for our statements and letters to the Centers for Disease Control, Cal/OSHA, and others demanding protections for nurses and patients.

List of CNA/NNOC and NNU National Day of Action events, all times are local to the location:

California
● Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Summit Campus) – 12-12:30 p.m. Rally
350 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland, CA
● Contra Costa County Medical Center – 12 noon Rally
2500 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA
● Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center – 7:30 a.m. Rally and Protest
700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara, CA
● Kaiser South Sacramento – 3:30 p.m. Rally and Protest
6600 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA
● Kaiser Vallejo and Kaiser Vallejo Call Center – 11:30 a.m. Rally and Protest
975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo, CA

● Mercy General, Sacramento – 11-11:30 a.m. Rally
4000 J Street, Sacramento, CA
● Saint Mary’s Hospital, San Francisco – 1 p.m. Press Conference
450 Stanyan St. San Francisco, CA
● St. Rose Hospital – 8-8:30 a.m. Rally
27200 Calaroga Avenue, Hayward, CA
● UCSF – 12-12:30 pm Press Conference
UCSF Parnassus Main Campus
505 Parnassus Ave, San Francisco, CA
● USC Keck Hospital, Los Angeles – 7:30-8:30 a.m. Rally
1500 San Pablo St. Los Angeles, CA
● UCLA Westwood, Los Angeles – 12-1 p.m. Press Conference
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles
Chicago
● John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, Chicago – 8 p.m. Candlelight Vigil
1969 Ogden Avenue, Chicago, IL

Georgia
● Augusta VA Medical Center, Augusta, Georgia – 12 noon Press Conference
Corner of 15th and Harper Streets, Augusta, GA

National Nurses United is the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States, with more than 150,000 member nationwide.
§Nurses Reported That There Is A Serious Nurses Staff Shortage
by Labor Video Project
Wednesday Mar 11th, 2020 7:04 PM
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NNU CNA nurses reported that nurses are over worked and short staffed by UC management despite urgency to have increased nurses particularly because of the Corvid-19 pandemic
§UCSF and Other Hospitals Unprepared
by Labor Video Project
Wednesday Mar 11th, 2020 7:04 PM
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NNU CNA UCSF nurses challenged the degrading of protection regulations the the CDC. They demanded that they have the best protection for themselves and their patients.
§UCSF Mangement Refusing To Communicate To Workers
by Labor Video Project
Wednesday Mar 11th, 2020 7:04 PM
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NNU CNA has protested the failure of UCSF management to consult with the union about serious health and safety concerns.
§Healthcare Workers Under Threat
by Labor Video Project
Wednesday Mar 11th, 2020 7:04 PM
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Healthcare workers at UCSF are angry that they are not getting proper protection for themselves and their patients. The growing healthcare crisis in the US they said was also related to the private healthcare system in the US.
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