Your Voice: Hospital safety and a defense of the health care act
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CNA doesn’t represent every nurse


I am proud to say I have been a nurse at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital for over 30 years, caring for patients in the intensive care unit and emergency room, and I managed both those departments for several years. I am appalled at the behavior of California Nurses Association and the nurses who denigrate the care of the nurses of this hospital who work hard to ensure their patients’ care and safety.

I was one of several non-bedside nurses who were not allowed to vote for or against the union last year. Believe me, if we had been allowed to vote, the union would have lost — they won by 10 votes!

The union is trying to make the public believe that patient care is suffering because Sutter Tracy Community Hospital won’t negotiate. Some facts:

1. To this day, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has met 47 times with the union in a sincere effort to reach an agreement on a contract. The union was scheduled to meet for one eight-hour session and walked out in less than one hour. The union uses half truths and innuendos that disparage our hospital’s — and nurses’ — reputation. Truth: Sutter Tracy Community Hospital is not closing beds. The hospital is converting rooms so they can be used as private or double rooms. Patients are not turned away because beds are not available.

2. The union fails to note that Sutter Tracy Community Hospital has received recognition from The Leapfrog Group and The Joint Commission for safety and patient care. Our hospital was recognized in the top 5 percent across the nation in AARP magazine in April.

Unions want everyone to believe that they can improve patient care. The truth is that the union is all about money. They receive over $1,400 a year from each nurse.

Do not let the actions of a few cause you to fear your hospital’s patient safety. Our hospital nurses care about their patients and provide excellent care.

Denise Drewry, RN BSN, Manteca

Single-payer healthier than Obamacare


For a change, I will agree with Mr. Wampler about something in his letter to the editor (“Health care act a disaster by all measures,” Steve Wampler, Your Voice, Dec. 6). He says “Obamacare ... is not a solution to the nation’s health care problems.” He’s right! The solution is a single-payer model, as most of the advanced countries in the world have adopted, and that we use for Medicare. But, short of that, the current law is the interim correction for the system that the American people have been subjected to by the insurance industry. The vitriolic pronouncements on the right regarding a plan that was a creation of the Heritage Foundation 20 years ago are so over the top that rational people have decided to ignore them. Steve mentions people with health issues that lost their coverage, but just like the Fox friends on the curvy couch, those are anecdotes with no follow-up. Hannity had three couples with horror stories that all turned out to be nonsense. The most recent was a right-wing blogger who is now famous with the right for not being able to insure his infant son. Why? Because he left him off the application. Of course he will be covered. It is not “astonishing” that many have “lost” their health insurance. People who have inferior policies that do not contain the elements in the law that are termed “protections,” such as the end-of-lifetime coverage limits and pre-existing conditions and many others, will find their policies terminated. And they will have access to replacement coverage that exceeds what they formerly had. Will some people pay more? Yes, but they will be getting much better coverage with many more protections, no death panels, and they won’t be subject to bankruptcy in case of a serious illness. Finally, I don’t expect the president or any Democrat to be looking to Steve for advice, but I’ll give him some. He can expect to see a huge backlash against his tea party brethren in next year’s midterms, because the people aren’t nearly as confused or gullible as he believes they are. Stupid is forever, but ignorance is curable.

Arthur Caya, Tracy

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December 18, 2013
Thank you Denise for your insight. I have used the services of Sutter Tracy on a few occasions and have always had my families needs met, not always with my "expectations" but I am not a Nurse or a Doctor, just a webmd-stayed at a holiday inn last night kind of patient.

However, I have noticed a decline in what I would relate to "customer service". Not by all staff, mainly with the post operation nurses. It always seemed to be a fairly light hearted kind of chatty group, but after my wifes last surgery, the nurses were more preoccupied with complaining about the hospital, gossiping with one another, or just randomly dissapearing. When I brought it to the nurse supervisor she did not seem to care about her nurses behavior, but more concerned with telling me i need to file a complaint because of service cuts and restrictions the hospital had put on them. I am sorry, but gossip, complaining, and rudeness is not up to management. That is something we control ourselves. She very well could have taken the bull by the horn and solved the problems then and there.

I think this change is due to the new Union and is a ploy to get more. Punish the patients to better yourself. Very sad

December 15, 2013
Patient care at our hospital has been degraded severely over the years as the nurses lost their voice in patient care. As an example ; a family member was hospitalized with a broken hip last year. He saw PT 3 times and was able to exit the bed only briefly with the help of a big strong physical therapist. On the third day the nurse said he had been discharged. When I I explained I would not be able to get him from car to house we were told to call the fire department if we needed help! She didn't even suggest getting a wheelchair because she wanted him out ASAP as she had been instructed that Sutter would lose money if he stayed! This would never have happened if the nurse had been allowed to actually evaluate his condition. And, Yes, he did have a poor outcome from his stay.
December 17, 2013
Ah!!! early discharged. Furthermore, I heard if the the patient get readmitted within 30 days, the hospital management would not mind paying a penalty.
December 22, 2013
I wonder, had th hospital not been thair ta deal with th broken hip issue, along with th physical therapy, how yer family member would have made out?

If Sutter was about ta loose money fer that case it's probably because yer health insurance wouldn't pay fer it.

Sutter is a privately owned hospital in that it ain't a publicly funded hospital like th county hospital in French Camp. Perhaps ya should have initially taken yer family member thair if ya wanted more service but I'm of th notion they too have a point whair services are no longer rendered because they are not bein paid fer.

I also question th wheelchair statement because every time I have moved friends out of Tracy Sutter they always have removed them via a wheel chair. Fer them I believe it's a liberality issue.

Also, patient evaluation fer discharge is not somethang nurses can do. That activity requires evaluation by a qualified MD. In short, unless they are a nurse practitioner, which usually don't work in hospitals, nurses don't practice medicine but care for their patients an follow th attendant doctor's instructions when giving medication.

Sorry ya had a bad experience but it don't seem that bad ta me.
December 14, 2013
The California Nurses Union knows nothing of patient care, or what a professional nurse is. The truth about the CNA is that they are elected to represent a group of nurses as a way of negotiating salary, raises, and imposing a seniority system. They have not one clue as to the work I do, or the work of my fellow highly specialized nurses. The CNA makes millions of dollars on the backs of nurses, that is their bottom line.

Currently this union and our inpatient nurses are forcing us (outpatient specialty nurses) to be represented at Cal Pac CPMC.

I am a professional and don't need them… nor do I want to be forced to let them take my money. We just voted… and my guess is that I will soon have the CNA in my pocket.

Sad that Sutter Tracy brought the CNA in.

December 13, 2013
Thank you Denise,As I, along with many friends working for Sutter, have fought off scare tactics, intimidation, to earn a fair living, you point out just how low management and pro management can sink, while nurses fear for their jobs because we have no one to back us, you point out how you love management!! Im sure you haven't worked the floor in years, so give it up!!
December 13, 2013
unions...useless parasites.
December 14, 2013
My personal opinion is that unions use their members as scare tactics to get what they want. I'm sure it is much more difficult for nurses to negotiate wages, benefits, etc, with Sutter than it would be without the backing of a union but I do not believe that patient care would diminish because RN's did not get, or will not get, what they're asking. The RN's I know personally would not trade off their ethics. I know nothing of the CNA organziation but if they're like some unions their tactics are less than honorable.

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