California nurses declare victory as state tells hospitals all waivers of safe staffing standards expire by Feb. 8

Today, more than 100,000 RN members of the California Nurses Association declared victory when the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced it will not approve for hospitals any new expedited waivers of the state’s landmark safe staffing ratios and all existing waivers end by Feb. 8 — with some even sooner if the state determines so. “This is an incredible victory for patients and nurses, because we know that safe staffing saves lives,” said Zenei Triunfo-Cortez, RN and a president of the California Nurses Association and its national organization, National Nurses United. “It was our collective action as a union that defeated the money and lobbying power of the hospital industry, which

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