The California Hospital Association also weighed in. "It is inappropriate and irresponsible for the California Nurses Association labor union to exploit this tragedy to further their union agenda," CHA President and CEO Duane Dauner said.
"This is the same union that has taken nurses away from patient bedsides more than 100 times during the past three years. It also is unfortunate that the nurses union is questioning the qualifications of other nurses providing patient care," he said.
No need to pick sides in this fight. There is plenty of blame to go around.
DeMoro is asking us to believe that the lock-out was "irresponsible" but that somehow the strike that prompted 23,000 nurses at several hospitals across the state to abandon their patients for one day was not.
Yes, the patient was harmed during the lockout, and not on the strike day, and it's not clear if any patients were harmed during the one-day strike. What if they were? Would the striking nurses have been accountable then? Would we have even heard about Ming's death if the mistake had been made by a union nurse before or after the lockout?
According to the federal government, adverse events in hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year and we don't hear much about individual cases. Would CNA/NNU have demanded accountability and challenged the competency of one of their own? Or, would they have blamed staffing ratios?