August 17, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

St. John’s Nurses Strike Protesting Patient Conditions, Low Wages

More than 300 nurses picket in front of Providence St. John’s.

By Sam Catanzaro 

After five months of unsuccessful negotiations, more than 300 nurses at Providence Saint John’s Health Center held a one-day strike today to protest declining patient care conditions, understaffing and low wages, picketing in front of the hospital at 2121 Santa Monica Boulevard.

“It is heartbreaking what is happening to our hospital,” a nurse said at the picket Tuesday morning.

Specifically, the nurses union, California Nurses Association, are protesting cuts Providence St. John’s has made to lift and transportation teams that carry patients throughout the hospital. Nurses say many patients hooked up to heavy equipment cannot be moved by one nurse alone.

“Our lift teams that help us safely lift patients have been eliminated, and our transportation teams have been drastically cut,” said Sudie, a resident nurse at St. John’s for 24 years.

Nurses are also protesting below market rate wages at the hospital, which they say are lower than other Westside hospitals like UCLA Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente.

Liz wade has been a nurse at Providence St. John’s for 20 years, told the Santa Monica Mirror that administrators at Saint John’s have told nurses that if they strike, they can not come back to work for five days.

“We have been having meetings and trying to come to an agreement at the so-called ‘bargaining table’ and they are just not wanting to budge at all. We warned them that we were going to strike and still nothing so we are striking for a day. They said ‘if you strike, we are going to lock you out for five days.’ This means we cannot come to work even if we are scheduled during the day, we cannot use out PTO [paid time off]. It’s a way of them punishing us,” Liz said. “We usually work three days a week here, [for] twelve-hour shifts. So let’s say a nurse was scheduled to work today, tomorrow and Thursday, she is losing a whole week of pay”

Nurses say they are protesting patient safety and below-market wages.

When asked to respond for comment, Providence St. John’s said characterizing this as a lock-out is inaccurate, saying it’s standard procedure that is part of the hospital’s contract with the employment agency.

“Nurses who chose to join the strike have been advised their positions may be filled for up to five days, under the terms of the hospital’s contract with an employment agency – standard procedure for this service. While we expect the union to call this a lock-out, as it has done in the past, that simply is not true. The five-day minimum service is a condition set by the employment agency, and the union is well aware,” Providence St. John’s said in a statement.

The hospital went on to say that while they respect the right for nurses to strike, they claim the nurse’s union has made little effort to negotiate a new contract and that the assertions about patient safety are unfounded.

“The hospital has been frustrated since negotiations began five months ago, as the union has made little effort to negotiate a new contract that provides fair wages and benefits for our nurses,” the Providence St. John’s said. “In recent weeks, the California Nurses Association has implied that patient safety has been jeopardized, and sought support from the public. But the truth is, Saint John’s recently underwent a routine yet very stringent survey by The Joint Commission, which found no safety concerns.”

in News
Related Posts

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Santa Monica With Stolen Property in Possession

August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

SMPD detectives believe suspect is responsible for other thefts in the area By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police over the...

Americana in the Park Concert Series Returns to Santa Monica’s Gandara Park this September

August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

McCabe’s Guitar Shop partners with the City for a celebration of Americana music McCabe’s Guitar Shop, in partnership with the...

Anne Heche Dies Following Mar Vista Crash

August 16, 2022

August 16, 2022

Actress dies at 53 due to injuries sustained in August 5 crash By Sam Catanzaro Anne Heche has died at...

Police Seek Publics Help In Identifying Victims Of Sexual Assault By Registered Sex Offender: Santa Monica Beat – August 15th, 2022

August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Police Seek Publics Help In Identifying Victims Of Sexual Assault By Registered...

Man Arrested for Santa Monica’s Second Homicide of the Year

August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022

Lamont E. Horton arrested in connection to August 11 murder By Sam Catanzaro A man was arrested by Santa Monica...

Sunset Park Custom Home Lists For First Time Ever By Original Builders $5.9M: Santa Monica Real Estate Report – August 15th, 2022

August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022

Property, Developments, and Listings on the Westside.* City Council Votes to Unanimously Backs Proposal to Cut Rent Increases* Sunset Park...

Construction Begins on Michigan Avenue Affordable Housing Development

August 13, 2022

August 13, 2022

The new development will replace the Santa Monica Nikkei Hall By Dolores Quintana ​​A new affordable housing project has begun...

Column: Time to Crack Down on Vacant Homes’ Owners

August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist ​​There is no doubt California has a housing shortage. That’s fact even in the wake of...

Metro To Hold Community Meetings About Potential Green Line Extension

August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

By Dolores Quintana Los Angeles Metro is holding a series of public meetings to discuss extending the Metro C or...

Another Mountain Lion Dies After Being Hit by a Car

August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

P-89 found dead along the shoulder of the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills last month By Sam Catanzaro Another mountain...

Santa Monica Police Arrest Sexual Assualt Suspect

August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

Anthony Barrett arrested in connection to June 28 assault By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help...

LA City Council Approves Expanded Anti-Camping Ordinance

August 11, 2022

August 11, 2022

Bonin one of three not votes in expansion of LAMC section 41.18 Los Angeles City Council has banned homeless encampments...

Review: A Santa Monica Restaurant’s New Happy Hour is Top-Notch

August 10, 2022

August 10, 2022

By Dolores Quintana Birdie G’s in Santa Monica has a new Happy Hour and it is something special. For one...