About that City Council Meeting Last Night…
Subtitle: CNA makes a lot of noise, again. Ebola, again. Sigh.
Last night was the Pasadena City Council meeting. A friend who works with the city called to give me a heads up that the employees trying to organize for the CNA planned to be there to complain about our lack of Ebola preparedness. We reached out to other iStand RNs and the disaster coordinator and our decontamination coordinator called and said they were going to be present.
Dr. Goh of the City of Pasadena did a nice presentation on Ebola preparedness by the city. Since the city and the hospital worked together to solve this problem, she knew how much the hospital had done, including training her and her staff.
Sure enough, CCU, DOU and ED RNs and a few others were there. Several of them got up to talk about the lack of Ebola readiness and training. Apparently they don’t feel like an hour of training and a computer based module was enough. Several of the employee organizers came up to the microphone to cite a litany of complaints, and said the following:
“There’s been a lot of panic and a lot of hoopla.” Yup. Agree. All of it courtesy of CNA/NNU. A classic moment was when that speaker started rambling and the CNA guy had to get up and whisper to her what to say. Taking away our voices, one nurse at a time.
“Our hospitals did not listen to the nurses, so we had to go to Sacramento and meet with Governor Brown.” Really? How do you know the hospital didn’t listen? They’ve certainly spent a boatload of funds to prepare for this thing that likely will never show up at our door.
Lucky for us iStand folks, Janet and Jen showed up to speak of the preparations at our hospital. Lots of sour faces behind them- not happy that their presentations, while succinct were received much more positively by the council. Thank you Janet and Jen, we appreciate all that you did. Nicely done.
I Stand with Huntington.