Kathy Donohue 
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Re: “The Trouble with Kaiser's Technology

The nurses at the old Kaiser Oakland had been repeatedly stating there was not enough staff to safely take care of patients. Fast forward to the beautiful new state of the art facility that has opened, attracting more patients with it's shiny facade, but the walls inside can tell the dirty secrets. Nurses have received inadequate training in units where they are caring for a new patient population. There is not enough supplies, and equipment is often broken or missing. There is no longer a TCU (Transitional Care/Step down Unit). Where will these patients go? They will certainly not stay any extra time in ICU but will go to a MedSurgTele floor with 1:4 or 1:5 ratios instead of 1:3 in TCU. L&D has fewer rooms, albeit all private and beautiful, enticing patients to deliver in Oakland. The reality is they are frequently dangerously understaffed and lack basic supplies. The same is true for Pediatrics and virtually every unit in the hospital. There have been several instances where the Pediatric unit has been short 5-6 nurses. The response from upper management (it would be a misnomer to use the word leadership), is to change the assignments to 1:4, discounting the RN staff needed to care for the children receiving chemo, or comfort care. When Ms. Bolano states "Our nursing staff meets and often exceeds state-mandated nursing requirements", she has unfortunately misspoken. This facility is staffed to ratios plus PCT's (unlicensed assistive personnel who's main duty is patient mobilization, not patient care), not according to patient acuity as Title 22 calls for. With Kaiser earning record profits, it's time for KP to put some of those profits back to the safe care of their members when they become patients. We don't want another Jenevieve.

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Posted by Kathy Donohue on 09/10/2014 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Nurses Say Kaiser Oakland Is Shortchanging Patients

As a Kaiser Oakland RN, I can attest that the conditions described are true. As nurses, we are unable to give the quality of care that we once could. We are constantly being asked to do more with less resources while Kaiser continues to make record breaking profits. Thank you to the nurses who were interviewed for telling the truth.

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Posted by Kathy D on 01/15/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Nurses Jump on Quan for Response to Occupy Oakland, Too

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United believes in our constitution and first amendment which includes freedom of speech as well as the right to assemble. We support the Occupy movement because these are our patients, friends, neighbors and ourselves. Every day, we see patients postponing preventative care, unable to fill prescriptions to maintain their health, and leaving the hospital early all because of their finances. It is deplorable that Mayor Jean Quan not only evicted a peaceful gathering of the 99%, but did so when she was across the country. The Occupy Wall Street movement is about all of us and needs to continue until change is made.

Posted by Portgal on 10/25/2011 at 8:05 PM

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