Southern California Hospital at Hollywood

6245 De Longpre Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2271
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Nadia Abrasaldo

(626) 318-9137
abrasaldon@seiu121rn.org

Press Release: RNs at Hollywood hospital picket to alert community of critical patient safety issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 1, 2018

CONTACT:
Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024

 RNs at Hollywood hospital picket to alert community of critical patient safety issues

Los Angeles, CA—Dozens of Registered Nurses and supporters picketed this morning in front of Southern California Hospital at Hollywood. The RNs formed their Union last year in large part to remedy problems that affect patient care and safety. They have now reached a “picket” level of frustration with the hospital’s resistance to their proposals for addressing unsafe staffing levels and other grave concerns.

“I love what I do. My inspiration comes from a desire to help my patients and their families during their hospital stay,” said Michelle Parica, an RN who serves on the Union’s contract bargaining team. “But, I am often unable to provide the quality care our patients deserve because we’re simply overworked and understaffed. A third of our RNs are new to the hospital and new grads who end up leaving in less than a year. They feel overwhelmed because they are often out of nurse-to-patient ratio and unable to provide basic care to our patients.”

In addition to insisting that the hospital adhere to California’s nurse-to-patient ratio regulations—including during meal breaks—RNs have asked the hospital to guarantee its support of continuing education that ensures RNs keep up with the latest treatments and protocols. They also want the hospital to adhere to state laws that mandate annual Patient Classification System (PSC) committee meetings, which help to ensure accurate measurement of patient acuities.

“The hospital is dangerously not considering the individual acuity level of care that each patient requires when assigning nurses’ patient load,” said Gloria Pammit, another RN on the bargaining team. “One nurse on the floor might have four patients needing scrupulous care while another nurse on the floor has the same number of patients but with much lower requirements. This hazardous disregard of acuity levels not only creates chaos on the floor, it endangers our patients!”

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Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN represents nearly 9,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals at 27 hospitals and facilities in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. This member-led organization is committed to supporting optimum working conditions that allow nurses to provide quality patient care and safety.

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Media Advisory: RNs at Hollywood hospital will picket to alert community of critical patient safety issues

Media Advisory
For:  November 1, 2018

CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024

WHAT: The Registered Nurses at Southern California Hospital at Hollywood have planned an informational picket to make public their grave concerns, including unsafe staffing levels and inadequate patient needs assessments.

WHY: The RNs formed a Union last year, in large part to remedy problems that affect patient care and safety. The RNs are currently using their first contract negotiations to push for their “Patient Safety is #1!” goals. These include enforcement of state-mandated nurse-to-patient ratios at all times, including during meal and other breaks; retention of qualified RNs to prevent skyrocketing turnover (33% RNs left in past 8 months); proper adherence to state laws mandating annual Patient Classification System Committee meetings, which help to ensure accurate measurement of patient acuities; guaranteed support for RNs’ important continuing education.

So far, the hospital has met these patient safety proposals with resistance.

WHO: Registered Nurses

WHERE: Southern California Hospital at Hollywood, 6245 De Longpre Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018, 11:00 am–2:00 pm

VISUALS: Nurses carrying picket signs and chanting

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Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN represents nearly 9,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals at 27 hospitals and facilities in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. This member-led organization is committed to supporting optimum working conditions that allow nurses to provide quality patient care and safety.

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Introducing our new SEIU Local 121RN Executive Director, Rosanna Mendez

Dear SEIU Local 121RN Members,

Tuesday, October 9th, our Executive Board (made up of your colleagues chosen by you to represent Union members at each of our hospitals) selected our new Executive Director, who will work with me and the other Officers and Executive Board to lead our Union. After a thorough, months-long interview process and a selection vote, the Executive Board selected Rosanna Mendez, currently our Union’s Chief of Staff, as Executive Director.

Rosanna will begin her new role in January and will work with me, the other Officers and our full Executive Board to continue the work of building our Union strength in all of our hospitals and at the state capitol.

Rosanna brings 17 years of experience in the labor movement, including more than 15 with SEIU and nearly six here at 121RN. At 121RN, she has worked alongside and shared responsibility with our Executive Director, Sue Weinstein, in a shared vision to improve representation, bargain strong contracts, strengthen our Steward training and recruitment program, and strategically grow our political and member activism campaigns to win solid Nurse and patient laws in Sacramento.

I have worked closely with Rosanna and I know she will bring her incredible energy and deep commitment to leadership growth and development to this important role in our Union.

As Executive Director, Rosanna will supervise the day-to-day operations of the Union, including supervision of Union staff, fiscal management of the Local, and accurate maintenance of membership data. A full description of this role can by found in Article 7 of our Union’s Constitution and Bylaws.

Please join me in welcoming Rosanna into her new role.

And I know you all join me in thanking our longtime Executive Director Sue Weinstein for her many years of service to building this Local during very challenging times. We look forward to our continued work with her until the end of the year, while she transitions out of her role and into the next chapter of her life. We wish you all the best, Sue!

In Unity,

 Gayle Batiste - headshot - for web
Gayle Batiste President,
SEIU Local 121RN

RN, CNOR, Northridge

 

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Bargaining Update: Sept. 21, 2018

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Meet Your Interim Union Rep/Organizer Nadia Abrasaldo

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Hospital put on trial for termination of Union RN

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Bargaining Update: We are making great progress!

Bargaining Update_SCHH 8-2-18
Questions? Contact our Bargaining Team or
Union Representative/Organizer Mimi Kebede:
(818) 433-2217, kebedem@seiu121rn.org

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Bargaining Update: Remaining United and Standing Strong!

Bargaining Update_SCHH 6-22-18

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Bargaining Update: We’re making progress!

Bargaining Update_SCH Hollywood 6-15-18

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Bargaining Update – Making Headway!

Southern California Hollywood Bargaining Update 5-24-18

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