Shasta Regional nurses hold a candlelight vigil, voice concerns over patient care
REDDING, Calif. - Nurses say Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding is not addressing over 261 concerns about patient care. However, a representative for SRMC says multiple patient care awards contradicts this.
On September 7, 2017, nurses at SRMC had a union election. The nurses won by a 90% vote, an outcome which they say will allow them to improve the quality of patient care at the hospital. Now, they are collectively bargaining with three major concerns in mind.
- Nurses believe having a pharmacy on site would better care for their patients and is necessary for those who come in to receive care at night. SRMC is closing on a full year without a night pharmacist and nurses press this as a tremendous problem for patients.
- Nurses say there is a huge lack of functioning equipment: vital machines, computers in which they use for charting patient information. They say this delays the care they want to give the patients in the community.
- Most alarmingly, is the retention problem SRMC faces. Well over half the hospital has been their less than a year, 68 percent of these nurses have been at SRMC for five years or less, 28 have been at SRMC for one year or less, with very few of them with experience.
Owned by Prime Healthcare Services for eight years, nurses at SRMC say they have been facing these issues since then.
KRCR reached out to SRMC to comment in which we received a statement, taking aim at the union and pointing out the hospital has received awards for their patient care.
"We are proud of our accolades and value our employees, nurses and physicians for their commitment and dedication to quality patient care. Leadership at Shasta Regional has emphasized the importance of open and transparent communication and has been proactive in addressing any concerns raised by staff members. It is unfortunate that nurses are making claims about Shasta Regional when the real issue is CNA leadership's desire to expedite a collective bargaining agreement. Shasta Regional is fully committed to achieving a contract with our nurses that ultimately benefits the community we serve," - Stacia Reeder, CNO for Shasta Regional Medical Center.