South Bay nurses hit picket lines over high turnout rates

Bay Area

SAN JOSE (KRON) – Tuesday morning dozens of South Bay nurses are expected to hit the picket lines to bring attention to high turnover rates at two hospitals.

The nurses at HCA-affiliated Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose say the high turnover is affecting the care they give to patients.

Nurses say investments in nurse staffing at the hospitals will allow for “robust recruitment and retention of experienced RNs, and ensure optimal patient care,” according to a statement.

The informational picket will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at both hospitals.

According to data provided to CNA by Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center, both hospitals had a turnover rate of 20% from February 2018 through February 2019.

By comparison, the median rate of turnover in California hospitals in 2015 was 3.2 percent.

Christopher D. Brown, Director of Communications at Good Samaritan Hospital, released the following statement to KRON4 regarding the strike:

“Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center of San Jose are engaged in union contract negotiations with the California Nurses Association. As part of that process, the Union has chosen to engage in informational picketing.  While we continue to negotiate in good faith to reach new agreements with CNA, this activity has no impact on hospital operations at either facility, trauma services at Regional or on the high quality patient care that both hospital’s provide to the community.”

Good Samaritan Hospital, San Jose

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