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SEIU 121RN Medium Voices:
Part of a series: COVID-19 — Nurses’ Notes from the Front Line
by Teresa Rowe, RN
Twenty years ago — before we were designated as an approved neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by California Children’s Services, and back when we rarely had an infant who needed to be on a ventilator — my hospital asked the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for a “program flexibility,” which allowed management to schedule too few RNs on the floor caring for these most vulnerable patients.