Pinay nurses seek lower nurse-to-patient ratio

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at May 26 2011 01:40 PM | Updated as of May 26 2011 09:40 PM

LAS VEGAS – Hundreds of registered nurses gathered in front of Mountain View hospital are demanding better patient care.

Marissa Gutierrez had been working as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit for eight years. She said each nurse is assigned too many patients.

Gutierrez said, “We work 12 hours shift.  We get home late. Sometimes we don’t even get a break.  You get two to three patients at a time and sometimes you can’t give them the medicine that they need at a specific  time.”

She and many other Pinoy nurses working in the critical unit are frustrated with the current overload of patients.

Another Pinay nurse, Leonie Cacho De Guzman, added, “They said there are no nurses available. But still you know we can’t do it.  It’s too hard.  It is very difficult for the patients too.”

Mountain View Hospital management denounced the protest as a tactic of the California Nurses’ Association (CNA), saying their efforts to bargain with them have been met with resistance.

The management said it has negotiated a contract with the another union that represents employees at Mountain View Hospital while it still tries  to work towards reaching an agreement with the CNA.

Mountain View Hospital is home to many kababayans working as registered nurses in the valley. They are hopeful that Mountain View management will hear their concerns.

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