Moral of the story: Never underestimate an impassioned nurse. Don't get in our way for patient advocacy!
We signed our first CNA contract on Nov. 10, 2003. CNA is a remarkable union because it is about a social movement, an advocacy campaign for patient care and safety. We can only address the staggering health-care needs as a united group of professionals.
In retrospect, I now realize that helping to form a union was the most important thing I could ever have done for my patients. My California RN license dictates that I be a patient advocate. It doesn't suggest or imply. It mandates. Each time I renew my license, I must recommit to that mandate.
Thank you for your article and the light that it brings to this subject. Thank you for providing the forum for the dialogue that will ensue.
As a Catholic and longtime employee, I'm appalled that the Sisters of St. Joseph Orange, longtime advocates of fighting for the rights of workers, would let its managers create an environment of intimidation, fear and hostility toward employees who want to exercise their basic human right to self-organization. As caregivers, we are expected to provide quality patient care according to St. Joseph's core values: dignity, excellence, justice and service. But these values seem to be applicable only to patients. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange should not let corporate greed dictate how its mission-driven ministry treats workers and their right to vote for a union.
I liked your article [Nick Schou's "Waiting With Red-Baited Breath ," Aug. 24]. I hate to nitpick, but I do not agree with Garden Grove's Main Street being part of Little Saigon. I admit Little Saigon branches out beyond Bolsa Avenue in Westminster, but it is a stretch to include Main Street, Garden Grove.
In addition to that bit of geographical imprecision, in Schou's Aug. 24 article, Scott Meier's last name should be Weimer. Also, Trinh Hoi was misidentified as an "event organizer" and "concert promoter" in the story. Hoi was only an MC for the OC Pavilion event. The Weekly regrets the errors.