Press Release

UC Davis Medical Center nurses to hold a virtual press conference to demand UC provide safe staffing and stronger workplace protections

Davis nurses outside holding signs "UC Nurses Demand Safe Staffing"

Registered nurses at UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC) will hold a virtual press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 22, to demand the university address critical ongoing staffing and patient safety issues exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, announced California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) today.

UCDMC nurses will speak out about patient care, safe staffing issues, and increased attrition of experienced nurses, and demand that the university’s management prioritize patient care over profits.

“When the Covid-19 pandemic first came into our lives last year, nurses were morally outraged as we watched our hospitals fail to provide the basic resources to protect us, such as personal protective equipment and adequate RN staffing,” said Melissa Johnson-Camacho, UCDMC registered nurse. “Now, 18 months later, not only have we not healed, but nurse morale continues to plummet as our hospital administration and management prioritize their bottom line over proper nurse staffing and safe patient care.”

  • What: UCDMC RN virtual press conference for safe staffing
  • When: Wednesday, Sept. 22, 12 p.m.
  • Where: To attend the press conference via Zoom, please email

If you are interested in learning more about the situation at UCDMC, registered nurses will be available at the event to speak to the press.

California Nurses Association represents more than 16,000 nurses in the University of California health system and is affiliated with National Nurses United, the nation’s largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of nurses, with more than 175,000 members nationwide.