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Tune in Monday, December 15th, at 3 p.m. PST right here for the next installment of “LA Progressive Live!” You’ll find us streaming at www.laprogressive.com—and we’ll archive the 1-hour show.
We'll be talking with Joan Hardie, a registered nurse at Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Jen Suh, organizer with the California Nurses Association, who will talk to us about efforts by nurses to restore quality patient care at Huntington.
At issue is the degradation of patient care quality caused by hospital management’s cost-cutting efforts, resulting in unsafe and illegal patient conditions. To have their voices heard by hospital administrators, Huntington's nurses have reached out to the California NursesAssociation, which organized a community event on November 6th to shed light on the problems these profits-first approaches have caused.
Huntington management’s focus on profits has also resulted in frozen salaries and frozen pensions for hospital workers. To combat the nurses' efforts to organize and join the union, Huntington Memorial has brought on a notorious union-busting law firm, which has led to aggressive intimidation tactics, surveillance, and threats of loss of aides and healthcare benefits, leading to an atmosphere of fear among nurses at what is Pasadena's second largest employer and the only trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley.
A practicing registered nurse for 20 years, Joan Hardie has worked at Huntington Memorial for over 15 years and currently works in the Definitive Observation Unit (DOU), where she trains new and experienced RNs and has served on committees focusing on preventing patient falls.
Jen Suh is an organizer with the California Nurses Association.