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

October 23, 2018

For: October 25, 2018

CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024

WHAT: The Registered Nurses at Southern California Hospital at Van Nuys 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 the nearly 100%-per-year staff turnover; 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 Van Nuys, 14433 Emelita St, Van Nuys, CA 91401

WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 am–8:00 am

VISUALS: Nurses carrying picket signs and chanting


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.