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Children’s Hospital Oakland nurses, nurse practitioners to rally Tuesday, Oct. 27, citing safe patient care concerns

Nurses holds signs for safe staffing

RNs, NPs demand UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland conditions causing turnover of experienced nurses and nurse practitioners

Registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) will hold a rally on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Children’s Hospital Oakland to highlight con­cerns about patient safety, unsafe staffing and overall poor working conditions, announced the California Nurses Association today.

“We serve the most vulnerable patients in our community, and our hospital has been the primary source of care for these patients,” said Lisa Hale, NP. “We cannot stand by while the hospital fails to provide the patient care conditions that our community deserves—and also fails to address a working environment that causes experienced nurses to leave for surrounding facilities. We demand a health system that work for patients and nurses!”

Who: Nurse clinicians and nurse practitioners at Children’s Hospital Oakland
What:  Nurse clinicians and nurse practitioners rally for safe patient care, safe staffing
Where: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, 747 52nd St. Oakland, CA
When:  Tuesday, Oct. 27, 12 p.m.

Over the years, say nurses, Children’s Hospital Oakland has been unable to retain qualified nurse clinicians, case managers, and nurse practitioners.

According to nurses, the exodus is the result of poor working conditions, patient safety, and unsafe staffing. Nurse practitioners at Children’s Hospital Oakland are uniting to achieve a fair contract that addresses these concerns. They say community support is key in ensuring the county is held accountable for resolving these critical issues.

“As nurse clinicians and NPs, it’s our job to advocate for our patients, and we will always speak up for them,” said Kathi Lampkin, RN. “We invite the community to come out and stand with us on Tuesday, to say that In order to resolve the recruitment and retention problem, Children’s Hospital Oakland must be compet­itive with other hospitals and must make a conscious effort to improve the unsafe staffing situa­tion that currently exists within the system. The only way to make that possible is to take action!”

“In a moment when the nation is in an uproar over systemic racism, unequal treatment will have a disproportionate impact on Black and Latinx patients who comprise a large proportion of patients, aggravating existing racial disparities in health care.”