BURLINGAME (CBS SF) – Registered nurses have planned a one-day strike on Thursday at 34 hospitals in Northern and Central California, with replacement nurses set to pick up the slack.

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame is one where nurses will be walking the picket line, protesting proposed contract givebacks.

Mills-Peninsula Vice President for Human Resources Debbie Goodin said 180 temporary nurses have been trained to step in.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“In our ICU for example, we have only ICU-trained nurses. In medical surgical, we have medical surgical nurses,” Goodin said. “Same with operating rooms and same with all the specialty areas.”

Goodin said all patient care, including surgeries, will continue on Thursday.

Sharon Tobin, a registered nurse at Mills and a member of the California Nurses Association, said that while there might be care, it won’t have that special community touch.

“We are the heart of that hospital. And we have our patient’s best interests at heart,” said Tobin. “And we bring that element to every bedside.”

Mills-Peninsula will use temporary nurses for five days with striking RN’s locked out until next Tuesday.

Nurses are also striking hospitals in the Sutter Health and Kaiser networks and at Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

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Comments (14)
  1. Davey says:

    Wait – a nurse makes $130,000.00 and cannot afford health insurance. Their union rep is saying the nurses are suffering.

    1. Ted says:

      Most nurses make an average of about 160 grand a year from their first job and most have a second part time job, their total a year is more like 200 grand.

      1. Kaiser RN says:

        160 grand per year from their first job???? I don’t know where you get your info but you are way off. I make 30 grand less than that after >10years on the job and working 40 hours per week. Most RN’s work 24-32 hours per week because hospitals don’t hire for more hours than that. Now take that pay and make them pay for health care coverage for their entire families, including themselves, and then cut their retirement off. We went on a sympathy strike for employees(not RN’s) who make far less than us at Kaiser & Kaiser wants to cut out their family’s healthcare and their retirement. Kaiser’s profit is through the ceiling right now. It is the administrators, non union staff, who make 160 grand and higher per year, not the patient care givers.

  2. genomega1 says:

    According to Obama its the greedy Doctors driving the high cost of health care. Obama has been bought and paid for by the unions.

  3. Steve M says:

    No wonder!! The CEO makes $4,000,000 plus who knows of the other perks, probably another $1MM in pension and retirement benefits every year.

    Cut from the top and see if the CEO and other top execs don’t strike either!!

  4. Geo says:

    Nurses really care about patients when they go on strike over their own greed. I wish Kaiser had the stones to say enough and not use union nurses. We need to stand up to unions, organized crime, the greedy striking nurses are truly the ones driving up the cost of healthcare. What a load of bull!

    1. Ted says:

      I agree with you, this is pure greed!.

  5. Annoyed says:

    Just hope and pray that you never have to be admitted into a hospital with substantial “cuts.” What type of care would you receive? But then again, that just may open your eyes to the already failing healthcare system. Then you can ask what happened to money you paid for the very hefty insurance that promised quality care?

  6. MB says:

    Please do your homework, Nurses are the most hardest working individuals. They have really unfair working conditions. They work 12 hour shifts most of the time without a break, lunch break. They are so understaffed, working with 8-9 patients at a time. They sacrifice so MUCH. It is NOT the nurses who are driving up the cost of healthcare but these GREEDY CEOs and Execs who get paid millions of dollars a year. Kudos to Nurses who are taking a stand for what is RIGHT!

    1. me says:

      You sound like a nurse MB

  7. Luigi says:

    They’re lucky to have good jobs. What’s their problem, anyway?

  8. Me says:

    Yeah, patient’s be interest at heart……BALONEY

  9. Kimberly says:

    not all nurses make 100,000. It is the CEO’s, presidents, vice-presidents, COO’s that makes the money while raising the cost of health care to make them richer. A COO Bernard Tyson for Kaiser, one of his paycheck back in 08 he made $805,434.xx in 2 weeks. his hourly pay was $371.30 for 80hrs he made approx $25,000 not including the bonuses which one was appro $450,00, another one $350,000 and others ranging from $87,000-35,000. He has 8 pension that is protected and doesn’t have to pay any taxes on his check only FICA Med. They are even raising the premiums on kaiser members. Don’t blame the nurse blame the CEO’s and the top exec. You have no idea what hard work the nurses are doing and the stuff that they have to put up with and no I am not a nurse but a Certified Medical Assistant.

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