Nurses Rally at Capitol over Governor's Decision to Delay Nurse-Patient Ratios
Hundreds of nurses rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday, demanding that Governor Schwarzenegger reverse his decision to delay new nurse-patient ratios in California hospitals.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Schwarzenegger’s decision will delay until January 2008 implementation of a one-nurse-for-every-five-patients ratio that had been scheduled for this coming January first. California Nurses Association Vice President Zenei (zenny) Cortez said the governor’s decision was political. CUT: ZeneiCortez08 :08 But according to registered nurse Kristine Yahn (yon), executive director of a new group Californians for Patient Care, the delay is justified due to an acute nationwide shortage of nurses. CUT: KristineYahn07 :07 Governor Schwarzenegger must decide by mid-March whether to finalize his order delaying the new nurse-patient ratios. SOC