Thousands of nurses in northern and central California might strike over benefit cuts and other reasons that Kaiser Permanente is looking to enact.
We have this to say: What about the patients?
Yeah, we understand that nurses work extremely hard and should be paid and benefitted accordingly, they're some of the hardest working people out there, but striking while there are sick and ailing people who need their help seems kinda wrong. There has got to be other avenues.
At least the hospitals are finding that they're able to find replacements if this happens:
The California Nurses Association — the union organizing the strike — estimates that nearly 23,000 nurses will walk off the job at 7 a.m. at 33 not-for-profit hospitals run by Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, and at the independent Children's Hospital Oakland. The hospitals include Kaiser facilities in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose, and the Berkeley and Oakland campuses of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center — a Sutter Health-affiliated hospital.
Sutter Health and Children's Hospital are prepared to bring in replacement nurses, according to officials at each of the hospital groups. Kaiser Permanente says it, too, has made preparations.
We're really torn by this. We see the need to take the stand, but we honestly can not get the idea of disrupting a patient's care because of this. It seems so wrong to us, because they're the ones with the most to lose (their lives) and they aren't even a direct part of the argument!
What do U guys think?
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