"Hospital RNs are working in an increasingly hazardous environment," said critical care RN Tonya Reed. "In the course of a shift nurses are repeatedly exposed to harmful infections and potentially aggressive and mentally unstable patients. The key is to keep us safe, but our new benefit gives us additional piece of mind in the event something terrible happens."
The new contract includes patient care protections such as an improved floating policy that assures only critical care trained RNs will take care of critical care patients and preceptor pay to improve training and retention of new nurses. Preserving the cost and quality of healthcare benefits, as well as salary increases ranging from 7.5 to 20 percent over the three years of the agreement were also part of the pact.
SOURCE California Nurses Association/National Nurses United