Thousands of California hospital workers strike over 'critical staffing shortages' at nearly a third of hospitals in the state

Asia's Tech News Daily

© AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes In this Thursday, April 9, 2020, file photo, the Intensive Care unit at the St. Vincent Medical Center building in Los Angeles is viewed. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

  • Thousands of healthcare workers in California have gone on strike or plan to strike, CalMatters reported.
  • They’re striking over burnout and continued staffing shortages fueled by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • About a third of California hospitals reported “critical staffing shortages” to the federal government last week.

Thousands of healthcare workers in California have gone on strike or plan to strike over continued “critical staffing shortages” at nearly a third of the hospitals in the state.

According to a report from CalMatters, workers at more than two dozen hospitals in California went on strike at some point over the past four months. These workers included engineers, respiratory therapists, nurses, midwives, physical therapists, technicians, janitorial staff, according to the report.

Around a third of hospitals in the state this week reported “critical staffing shortages” to the US Department of Health and Human Services, according to the report. The shortages come amid increased patient demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare workers’ early retirement over the past year, and other stresses put on the system by the pandemic, CalMatters reported.

Unions that represent healthcare workers told the outlet that the shortages existed before the COVID-19 outbreak nearly two years ago, but said the pressure of the pandemic has pushed the staffing issues to new levels. In addition to concerns over staffing, strikes have also been fueled by disagreements regarding pay, according to the report.

The unions say traveling healthcare staff brought into the state to make up for the shortages get paid more than the full-time staff at the understaffed hospitals.

Members of the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals recently voted to approve a strike against Kaiser Permanente, CalMatters reported. If negotiations continue to stall between Kaiser Permanente and UNAC/UHCP, 24,000 workers at facilities in over a dozen California cities would strike, according to the report.

The union wants more efforts made to retain staff and address burnout among staff, according to the report. The union says 72% of its members experienced anxiety and burnout and around 45% reported insomnia and depression. About three quarters said hospital staffing was their primary concern, CalMatters reported.

Kaiser has urged employees to avoid a walk out.

“We ask that our employees reject a call to walk away from the patients who need them,” Kaiser spokesperson Marc Brown told the Washington Post. “Our priority is to continue to provide our members with high-quality, safe care. In the event of any kind of work stoppage, our facilities will be staffed by our physicians along with trained and experienced managers and contingency staff.”

The problems fueling the tensions in California aren’t unique to the state. The Wyoming News Exchange reported Saturday that 12 hospitals in the state this week reported a critical staffing shortage to the federal government. Four hospitals in the state resorted to crisis standards of care due to shortages, according to the report.

As Insider previously reported, burnout, poor working conditions, and job dissatisfaction have enabled the ongoing nationwide shortage of healthcare workers. A recent study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing found that hospitals in New York City were understaffed as early as December 2019, months before the city became the US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The stress of working in a COVID ICU, and all the death that I’ve had to see, altogether, it has really set me back; I’m often very anxious, and angry,” Sarah Chan, a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in New York, told Insider’s Allana Akhtar in September. “So much death weighs heavy on me.”

Read the original article on Business Insider

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Trump's new social media company is under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission

© Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Former US President Donald Trump looks on during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 26, 2021. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters ... Read more »

People are reporting that McDonald's coveted holiday pie is back at some locations, and fans are excited

© McDonald’s McDonald’s McDonald’s holiday pie is back at certain locations across the US. Social-media users are on the lookout for stores that have brought back the dessert. The pie ... Read more »

Cancer patients have taken backseat during pandemic, says association

© Provided by CapeTalk The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) says the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption to oncology care in SA Lorraine Govender of CANSA describes ... Read more »

The Taliban are courting Iran and China, hoping to avoid blackouts if other countries cut off power to Afghanistan for non-payment

© Ali Khara/Reuters A Taliban fighter stands at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan on November 27, 2021 Ali Khara/Reuters Afghanistan’s state power company DABS contacted Iran and China over electricity ... Read more »

Where did the coronavirus omicron variant come from? Science suggests it evolved in one person.

Charles Darwin could have learned a thing or two about evolution from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As it has passed back and forth across the world over the last two years, ... Read more »

Forget mince pies – how Italian panettone won over the great British Christmas

© Provided by The Telegraph panettone Your guests are standing on the doorstep, clutching a present for you. As you welcome them in, you catch sight of a tall, brightly ... Read more »

The SPAC backing Trump's new media venture is under investigation by federal regulators

© Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Former US President Donald Trump looks on during his first post-presidency campaign rally at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, Ohio, U.S., June 26, 2021. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters ... Read more »

A former Burger King worker got 'WE ALL QUIT' tattooed on her arm after she and her coworkers ditched the chain

© Provided by Business Insider Rachel Flores A former Burger King worker got “WE ALL QUIT” tattooed on her arm. Kylee Johnson and eight coworkers quit their jobs in July, ... Read more »

Fundstrat lays out the scenario that would ruin its call for a 6% S&P 500 rally into year-end

© DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange May 31,2019 in New York. – Wall Street stocks closed out a downcast May ... Read more »

From now on you will shine with the most beautiful smile you have

Rotterdam Hygiene is very important. Of course, it’s not just about hygiene in your home. You also have your personal hygiene. In general, we all do our best to look ... Read more »

A fully edible Christmas cracker with cheese and sweet pickle inside now exists

© Provided by Metro Waste not want not (Picture: Branston) When you think about it, traditional Christmas crackers are fairly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Contents tossed aside for ... Read more »

Gene breakthrough offers new hope for people who stutter

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Tennessee – There is new hope for people who stutter, according to the groundbreaking research led by scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre and ... Read more »

Check out these 21 pitch decks that startups used to raise millions to disrupt media and advertising

© Matthew Goldhill Matthew Goldhill Investors are pouring money into advertising, media, and marketing startups. These startups are capitalizing on changing consumer habits, automating ad creation, and more. Check out ... Read more »

US stocks trade mixed as investors assess reports Omicron variant causing 'mild' symptoms

© Spencer Platt/Getty Images Trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Spencer Platt/Getty Images US stock were mostly higher on Monday as investors assess Omicron reports. Reports ... Read more »

LCPS reports increase of 53 COVID patients to 2,760

+53 more than Sunday, +18 on the IC ‘The total number of admitted COVID patients in the Netherlands is 2,760, which is 53 more than yesterday. Of these, 626 are ... Read more »

ConstitutionDAO's cryptocurrency has surged 900% as the collective's token becomes a meme coin

© Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images The ConstitutionDAO’s people token has rallied 900% in the last month.  The token is still worth just $0.04, but hit a high of ... Read more »

NYC Mayor COVID-19 restrictions, mandates vaccine for private sector

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is tightening COVID-19 restrictions in the wake of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, in what he ... Read more »

'I won't let my daughter, 3, eat sweets - she doesn't know what a lolly is'

© Getty Images The mum says she’s sick of people judging her parenting style A mum-of-two has said she doesn’t ever let her toddler have sweets – and insists her ... Read more »

Bacon has been crowned the king of the fry ups

© Bacon crowned king of the fry-ups (photo: Shutterstock) Bacon named the best breakfast ingredient © Provided by News Letter Many experts say that breakfast is the most important meal ... Read more »

Conservatives riled after Rittenhouse Rye tells them to stop using its whiskey to toast Kyle verdict

© YouTube/Bourbinsane rittenhouserye2.png Conservatives have been toasting Kyle Rittenhouse’s not guilty verdict with Rittenhouse Straight Rye whiskey – but now the brand has spoken out, slamming those using their product ... Read more »

This twist on a classic Austrian tart makes for an impressive centrepiece

© Chris Terry/PA Tebbutt swaps out traditional redcurrant for sweet apricot jam – Chris Terry/PA This is my take on a classic, lattice-topped tart that can be found in every ... Read more »

Lucid Motors tumbles 16% as electric vehicle maker receives SEC subpoena

© Lucid Motors Lucid Motors Lucid Group shares dropped 16% on Monday after the company said it received a subpoena from the SEC.  The SEC’s investigation appears focused on the ... Read more »

Want to improve your home's air quality? Follow these 6 easy tips

It may be cold outside, but staying warm and cozy this winter will be easier than ever thanks to Canadian Tire. From can’t-miss dessert recipes to tips on creating a ... Read more »

Here are 10 of the most cosy pubs to visit in Edinburgh this Winter and Christmas time

© Edinburgh’s best cosy pubs to hunker down in this winter and Christmas (Getty Images via Canva Pro) If there’s one thing the Capital has in abundance, it’s cosy pubs. ... Read more »

Mcdonald's is selling 99p Quarter Pounder with Cheese™ today only

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo McDonald’s is selling Quarter Pounders with Cheese for just 99p today as a limited-time deal. The burger usually costs £4.69, meaning customers are saving ... Read more »

Nigeria slams UK's 'discriminatory' travel ban over omicron

The Associated PressFILE – A woman receives a coronavirus vaccine in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, Nov 29, 2021. A pandemic-weary world faces weeks of confusing uncertainty as countries restrict travel and ... Read more »

Holly Willoughby gobsmacked as James Martin spills secret to perfect mash potato recipe

Holly Willoughby was left gobsmacked during Monday’s This Morning when she realised what James Martin uses in his mashed potato recipe. The mum-of-three and her co-host Phillip Schofield invited the ... Read more »

I drive my plug-in hybrid in electric mode — making gas prices an afterthought. Here's what I've learned.

© Andrew Lambrecht At Crowders Mountain State Park, there’s free charging, which is a major perk (and opportunity to tell others “hey, I drive an electric car”). Andrew Lambrecht Last ... Read more »

The Netherlands is the first country in the world to have a national resuscitation network for civilian emergency workers

Milestone “A huge milestone that saves thousands of lives every year. In 4 years, the number of civilian aid workers in our country has grown by almost 50%. The number ... Read more »

New York City mayor says he is imposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private sector employers

NEW YORK — New York City mayor says he is imposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on private sector employers. Read more »

Mayor: Vaccine mandates to be required for all NYC employers

The Associated PressIn this image taken from video, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a virtual press conference, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in New York. Multiple cases of ... Read more »

Why addressing racism against Black women in health care is key to ending the US HIV epidemic

When Black patients are treated by Black doctors, they have better health outcomes – but fewer than 6 in 100 American doctors are Black. The Good Brigade/Digital Vision via Getty ... Read more »

New pill which can treat MS without causing intolerable stomach issues brings hope to Britain's 130,000-plus sufferers after being approved by UK watchdog

Diroximel fumarate - brand name Vumerity - was approved for the UK last monthIt works just as well as other pills but does not result in intolerable side effects  These include stomach issues, such as stomach cramps, diarrhoea and nausea Read more »

Consumers want labels on meat and dairy products detailing animal welfare

© Getty Images/iStockphoto iStock-902847778.jpg Consumers would like to see labels on meat and dairy products in supermarkets that would indicate how the animals were reared and slaughtered, new research has ... Read more »

Biohaven's migraine therapy shows rapid pain relief in late-stage study

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company logo is displayed on screen on floor of NYSE in New York (Reuters) – Biohaven Pharmaceutical said on Monday its intranasal spray for migraine met the ... Read more »

Goldman Sachs sees lower US GDP growth in 2022 on worries Omicron could threaten recovery

© Alexander Spatari/Getty Crowds of people crossing street on zebra crossing in New York, USA Alexander Spatari/Getty Goldman Sachs cut its 2022 US GDP growth outlook on Sunday due to ... Read more »

These are the 13 best restaurants in Leith, Edinburgh - according to Google reviews

© The best restaurants in Leith, Edinburgh (Photo: Bundits) With gems like these, Leith puts Edinburgh city centre to shame. © The Kitchin in Commercial Quay has been in the ... Read more »

Red Riding Hood review: Macabre panto lacks festive sweetness

© The Other Richard redridinghood Deep in the ravening, stench-laden belly of a wolf, Little Red Riding Hood and her friends are plotting their escape, which means evading glittery poos ... Read more »

This Guy Uses Melted Cheese To Seal His Burritos

Nothing hits the spot in the same way as a breakfast burrito, right? Especially one that’s jam-packed with eggs, tomatoes, chorizo and cheese. But if you’re anything like us, trying ... Read more »

Amaro: New cocktail bar helmed by Savoy's former head mixologist to open in Kensington

© Handout AmaroBar0612a A new bar helmed by the former head mixologist at the Savoy will open its doors in west London this week. Amaro, which arrives on Kensington High ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic