Bay Area Nurses Begin 10-Day Walkout

Bay Area Nurses Begin 10-Day Walkout

There are 23 comments on the NBC 11 San Francisco Bay Area story from Mar 21, 2008, titled Bay Area Nurses Begin 10-Day Walkout. In it, NBC 11 San Francisco Bay Area reports that:

Thousands of nurses plan to walk off the job at hospitals across the Bay Area Friday for a 10-day strike.

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Makes me sick

Denver, CO

#1 Mar 21, 2008
Think anybody will notice they aren't at "work"? When you're in a hospital and really NEED one of these overpaid gargoyles,
you can't get one. They're all in the breakroom playing pool or something. If they don't like their cushy jobs, let'em quit, and go get a job in the real world like the rest of us.
Martin Turow

Honolulu, HI

#2 Mar 21, 2008
Please tell me this is a typo...."will raise the average nurse's salary to $140,000 per year." Is that accurate? If it is, no wonder the health care system is going down the toilet. If the average nurse is getting $140,000 per year, that's awesome. And yes, I know nurses work hard, but 140k per year, that's spectacular. I can't get my mind around an RN making more than some MDs. How is this sustainable? Too many people have too many expectatins for healthcare. Everyone wants a perfect system, with top notch care and no delays, but nobody wants to pay for it.
Laurie Peters

United States

#3 Mar 21, 2008
As a healthcare professional these "strikes to better patient care", makes me sick! These Nurses make how much? And yes sometimes especially in ER rooms the ratios may not meet the requirements. Did you think it was going to be a desk job? This is the world you chose, utilize the Certified Nursing Assistant's and get the job done. As many times as I have been in the ER room at Rideout hospital and watched many nurses sitting in a bunch, laughing, and chatting. Or leaning on the counters visiting and discussing last nights dinner. While the halls were overflowing and gurneys everywhere. Even in the nursing stations on the numerous floors of Fremont/Rideout hospitals this happens too often. If "patient Care" is your concern then why are you not going patient to patient and seeing what you can do to make them more comfortable while they are there. You are not doing me any favors by striking! The money that this will cost the communities, in jobs and various projects will be crippling. If you have it so bad then quit and go somehwere else. And to be honest part of the reason that these hospitals have poor reputations are largely due to the poor customer service we have recieved by employees representing the hospitals such as nurses... As for me, a resident of Yuba City/Marysville, I see many efforts of the administration to improve in many areas, including staffing. And I see thier commitment to the community.
the man

Oakland, CA

#4 Sep 16, 2008
140K per year! This makes me sick. I guess I made terrible life choices, I've spent 8 years in school getting a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the #1 ranked university in the world... and I might make 100K when I graduate (that is, if I "drop out" and take an industrial R&D job) When my wife was in the hospital it was like pulling a stubborn mule trying to get the nurses to do ANYTHING.(for instance, giving scheduled pain meds, my wife would be crying in agony 2 hours past the time her pain meds were due before I could finally coax one of these lazy bums into bringing her meds in) In my opinion, this should be a 35K a year job based on schooling/difficulty.
Wanna be Nurse

Spartanburg, SC

#5 Apr 11, 2009
Anything higher than 70k for only working 3 to 4 days a week is to much for anyone. Nurses need to realize that everybody puts in hard work in this world. If nurses want 140k, shouldn't we all. I support nursing in the sense that nurses work very hard to take care of crazy, weird, and rude people...but 70k should be enough for 3 to 4 days off a week.
Retired LVN

Yuba City, CA

#6 Apr 11, 2009
I have worked in the health care field for over 46 years. If you want good nursing care, stop requiring the hospitals to hire all RNs. Most of the bedside patient care can be delivered by LVNs. Once these Nurses get all this education they don`t want to work.

LVNs and Nursing Assistants do most of the hands on nursing care in a hospital. They work for a lot less than $140,00.00 a year.

Most of the time these RNs do sit on their butt and BS. They write up a few 'canned nursing care plans" and make uup some assignments , call it a tough day. Go back Associate Degree Nurses and LVNs.Need maybe one RN around when a highpowered question comes up like whose turn it is to dump the trash. Things like that.
Rick White

United States

#7 Jun 25, 2009
Laurie Did you ever work at Humana San Leandro before. I was the CFO before when you worked there.
Laurie Peters wrote:
As a healthcare professional these "strikes to better patient care", makes me sick! These Nurses make how much? And yes sometimes especially in ER rooms the ratios may not meet the requirements. Did you think it was going to be a desk job? This is the world you chose, utilize the Certified Nursing Assistant's and get the job done. As many times as I have been in the ER room at Rideout hospital and watched many nurses sitting in a bunch, laughing, and chatting. Or leaning on the counters visiting and discussing last nights dinner. While the halls were overflowing and gurneys everywhere. Even in the nursing stations on the numerous floors of Fremont/Rideout hospitals this happens too often. If "patient Care" is your concern then why are you not going patient to patient and seeing what you can do to make them more comfortable while they are there. You are not doing me any favors by striking! The money that this will cost the communities, in jobs and various projects will be crippling. If you have it so bad then quit and go somehwere else. And to be honest part of the reason that these hospitals have poor reputations are largely due to the poor customer service we have recieved by employees representing the hospitals such as nurses... As for me, a resident of Yuba City/Marysville, I see many efforts of the administration to improve in many areas, including staffing. And I see thier commitment to the community.
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paula rn

San Diego, CA

#9 Jan 18, 2010
As an RN for five years, I would like to comment upon the idea that the nurses "are in the breakroom playing pool or something." As a nurse, I rarely received the breaks that were mandated by the state because there was too much to do. If I wasn't at one bedside, I was a another. I have never worked so hard or so tirelessly in my life. I challenge anyone to do this job. I would like to see the person who wrote this comment try our "real world and that trying to administer meds, chart, answer call lights, chart, respond to physicians, chart, take family phone calls, chart....I don't know where she lives or where she gets her info, but honey, you have never been more wrong. san diego,CA
Jack Shite

Brisbane, CA

#10 Jan 18, 2010
paula rn wrote:
As an RN for five years, I would like to comment upon the idea that the nurses "are in the breakroom playing pool or something." As a nurse, I rarely received the breaks that were mandated by the state because there was too much to do. If I wasn't at one bedside, I was a another. I have never worked so hard or so tirelessly in my life. I challenge anyone to do this job. I would like to see the person who wrote this comment try our "real world and that trying to administer meds, chart, answer call lights, chart, respond to physicians, chart, take family phone calls, chart....I don't know where she lives or where she gets her info, but honey, you have never been more wrong. san diego,CA
Nurses are doing an important and essential job and the great majority of them are truly dedicated and do an outstanding job. However $140,000 is an outrageous yearly salary! No wonder when you go to the emergency room and you don't have insurance you get billed for $1800! No wonder our health care system is almost bankrupt! Of course the unions have us by the balls so we are screwed! Pure blackmail but we have to give them everything they want or they will close the hospitals down! A fair salary would have about half of that amount!
Retired Nurse

Buffalo, NY

#11 Jan 30, 2010
Jack Shite wrote:
<quoted text>
Nurses are doing an important and essential job and the great majority of them are truly dedicated and do an outstanding job. However $140,000 is an outrageous yearly salary! No wonder when you go to the emergency room and you don't have insurance you get billed for $1800! No wonder our health care system is almost bankrupt! Of course the unions have us by the balls so we are screwed! Pure blackmail but we have to give them everything they want or they will close the hospitals down! A fair salary would have about half of that amount!
I suggest you try finding someone to take care of you when you need it for that amount. I worked in Health Care for years I never seen the breaks everyone is talking about. What I dealt with was constant fusteration, complaints from people, demands from arrognant doctors all the while trying to get the meds passed and the treatments done. I am out of it and do not intend to return.It would take about three time that salary to get me back in the business. By the way I worked more like six days a week 12 to 16 hours a day. Anybody who goes into nursing today is dumb or naive.
Jack Shite

Redwood City, CA

#12 Jan 31, 2010
Retired Nurse wrote:
<quoted text>I suggest you try finding someone to take care of you when you need it for that amount. I worked in Health Care for years I never seen the breaks everyone is talking about. What I dealt with was constant fusteration, complaints from people, demands from arrognant doctors all the while trying to get the meds passed and the treatments done. I am out of it and do not intend to return.It would take about three time that salary to get me back in the business. By the way I worked more like six days a week 12 to 16 hours a day. Anybody who goes into nursing today is dumb or naive.
Sounds like you were a lousy "Nurse Ratchet" kind of nurse. Thank God I never had to be under your care! I don't deny most nurses have a difficult job and do a damn good job. They deserve a fair salary and being in the supply and demand driver's seat they get it. The sky is not the limit though and $140,000 for a basic 40 hour week is way out of line! You don't have the only difficult job. Try being a cop in Oakland or Richmond or a teacher in an urban area school or a soldier fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, all of whom are making far less money than you! It's a good thing you are out of your former profession though. I doubt anybody will miss you! Sounds like you were a real malcontent and nobody likes to be around people like you!
Roudy

United States

#13 Jan 31, 2010
RNs get paid good in this state. Work might be stressful but a lot of work is and that is life.
Barb Thorne

Sunnyvale, CA

#14 May 16, 2010
Yet, even with the high salaries, no one has yet to ask why there is a world-wide nursing shortage that has continued through the centuries. Nurses are treated worse than animals and each one I know gets out of the profession just as quickly as they can.
T
he responses to this article is the manner in which most nurses are treated on a daily basis and you just can't pay me enough for that kind of abuse.
Kasey

Redwood City, CA

#15 May 27, 2010
Makes me sick wrote:
Think anybody will notice they aren't at "work"? When you're in a hospital and really NEED one of these overpaid gargoyles,
you can't get one. They're all in the breakroom playing pool or something. If they don't like their cushy jobs, let'em quit, and go get a job in the real world like the rest of us.
What about being a doctors eyes, ears and hands for 24 hours out of the day is not considered a real job.....please elaborate. I guess the doctirs have the real-job when they walk into a room talk to you for 5 minutes or sometimes not at all and charge you a inflated bill for not doing a damn thing. I hope you never get gravely ill and have to eat your words when you realize that the ones that kept your ignorant ass alive and waited on you hand and foot was your nurse. Your are insane!!!
Kasey

Redwood City, CA

#16 May 27, 2010
Jack Shite wrote:
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Sounds like you were a lousy "Nurse Ratchet" kind of nurse. Thank God I never had to be under your care! I don't deny most nurses have a difficult job and do a damn good job. They deserve a fair salary and being in the supply and demand driver's seat they get it. The sky is not the limit though and $140,000 for a basic 40 hour week is way out of line! You don't have the only difficult job. Try being a cop in Oakland or Richmond or a teacher in an urban area school or a soldier fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, all of whom are making far less money than you! It's a good thing you are out of your former profession though. I doubt anybody will miss you! Sounds like you were a real malcontent and nobody likes to be around people like you!
There is nothing basic about nursing. Untill you have actually walked in one of our shoes, you really don't know what we have to deal with in a 40 hour work week.
Kasey

Redwood City, CA

#17 May 27, 2010
the man wrote:
140K per year! This makes me sick. I guess I made terrible life choices, I've spent 8 years in school getting a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the #1 ranked university in the world... and I might make 100K when I graduate (that is, if I "drop out" and take an industrial R&D job) When my wife was in the hospital it was like pulling a stubborn mule trying to get the nurses to do ANYTHING.(for instance, giving scheduled pain meds, my wife would be crying in agony 2 hours past the time her pain meds were due before I could finally coax one of these lazy bums into bringing her meds in) In my opinion, this should be a 35K a year job based on schooling/difficulty.
Based on schooling difficulty? Who told you that nursing schooll was a cake walk? Whoever told you that lied and you were fool enought to believe them!!!
Feather River Dave

Yuba City, CA

#19 May 28, 2010
Jack Shite wrote:
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Yeah yeah yeah it's a hard job and I didn't say it wasn't! Still $140,000 a year (and after that apparently the sky is the limit!) is ridiculous especially when you compare the salary of others in far more stressful and dangerous jobs! Let's face it...you have us (your patients as well as our health care system!) "by the balls" and you just don't care! It's legalized blackmail, pure and simple!
I tell you Jack, I never seen them do a whole lot. Most sit on their fat rumps and dish out orders to the orderleys and nursing aids.I don`t believe they deserver $140,000.00 either.
Roudy

Yuba City, CA

#21 Jul 4, 2010
Looks like the california Nurses are going to take on Meg whitman.
http://cl.exct.net/...

Will they make an impact?
Figaro

Berkeley, CA

#22 Jul 4, 2010
Roudy wrote:
Looks like the california Nurses are going to take on Meg whitman.
http://cl.exct.net/...
Will they make an impact?
As much as I DON'T support them in their "the sky's the limit!" demands for salary, benefits and working conditions at the expense of us taxpayers who can't even afford to get sick anymore I wish them well in defeating this dingbat Whitman who is trying to buy the election with money and a distorted smear campaign, the same way she knocked poor old (rich but not rich enough!) Steve Poisner out of the nomination process. The silly twat didn't even bother to vote for 30 years and now she wants to become Governor! And you thought Arnold was not qualified! Wait til you see this dingbat in action! Just ask anybody who worked for her at eBay! WHAT A BITCH!
Roudy

Yuba City, CA

#23 Jul 4, 2010
Figaro wrote:
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As much as I DON'T support them in their "the sky's the limit!" demands for salary, benefits and working conditions at the expense of us taxpayers who can't even afford to get sick anymore I wish them well in defeating this dingbat Whitman who is trying to buy the election with money and a distorted smear campaign, the same way she knocked poor old (rich but not rich enough!) Steve Poisner out of the nomination process. The silly twat didn't even bother to vote for 30 years and now she wants to become Governor! And you thought Arnold was not qualified! Wait til you see this dingbat in action! Just ask anybody who worked for her at eBay! WHAT A BITCH!
I agree with you. I do not care for her or Jerry Brown, but I think she will be bad news for the state if she is elected. The nurses union is another story. They are out in another orbit too.

What I see with whitman is one fight after another if she is elected and absolutely nothing will get done. some cases that might be good but things like the budget need to be completed on time.

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