I am an emergency room registered nurse at Memorial Medical Center who didn’t support the California Nurses Association at first because I believed I could speak up for myself. But I came to realize how speaking as a lone voice falls short when it comes to safeguarding my patients.
The need for a free and respectful exchange of ideas is essential for nurses to make an informed decision; a decision that will have a profound impact on RNs’ ability to have a voice in the decisions that affect our patients.
Sadly, that is not the approach Sutter management has chosen. Nurses have been required to attend repeated anti-union meetings. Being taken away from my sick patients to attend anti-union meetings saddens me. Patients experienced increased wait times, and a colleague broke down into tears trying to staff the department.
In contrast, CNA-represented RNs from other hospitals have always been professional, willing to answer questions. They have made no promises, nor taken us away from the bedside. They have shared their personal experiences about the gains they have made through a collective voice.
I became a nurse to provide quality care to those in need. I love my patients and care for them as if they are my family members. I’m voting yes because my ultimate goal is just that.
Lori Dianne Marchiando, Salida