Shasta Region nurses ratify new contract with strong measures to improve patient safety and retention
Registered nurses at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, Calif., voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify their new three-year contract, winning protections to improve patient safety and nurse retention, announced the California Nurses Association (CNA), an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU).
“It has taken over a year to complete this agreement, but we are very happy to see how our solidarity has paid off so that we can obtain a fair contract that will benefit our entire community,” said Michelle Gaffney. , registered nurse in intensive care unit. “We know that a strong contract means better staff recruitment and retention, which enables us to provide the highest quality care to each of our patients on every unit and on every shift.”
Highlights of the CNA contract include:
- Dangerous Floating Guards: Floating is a management practice where nurses are reassigned to units in the hospital where they do not normally work. The contract includes language that establishes floating procedures and prevents nurses from being assigned to units for which they have not established expertise or competence.
- Reimbursement and school training bonus: Management has agreed to provide both training reimbursement and bonuses to nurses who obtain specialty certifications that supplement their nursing education. These certificates include enhanced training for nurses in all units. These incentives will allow nurses to continue their education and provide the highest level of care to their patients.
- Economic gains to help retain and recruit experienced nurses: Average salary increases of 22% over the term of the agreement and better economic benefits will contribute to the recruitment and retention of experienced nurses.
- Improved wording of health benefits: Management has agreed to make timely medical referrals for RNs and their dependents. In urgent cases, referrals must be made within three days. In all other cases, referrals must be made within 10 days. This improvement will contribute to the retention of experienced nurses.
“We know that to provide the best care to our patients, we need to be able to recruit and retain experienced nurses,” said Theresa Sealander, a registered nurse who works in the neuroorthopedics unit. “Experienced nurses are essential to the growth and development of our new nurses. We so appreciate the help we get from travelers and our new grads, but we want the nurses to stay at Shasta Regional. When nurses are committed to our hospital, they will fight to ensure we have the resources we need to provide the highest quality care.
CNA represents 220 nurses at Shasta Regional Medical Center.
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the nation’s largest and fastest growing union and professional association for registered nurses with 100,000 members at more than 200 facilities across California and more than 180,000 AI nationwide.