San Diego nurses and hospital workers picket over staffing issues

Nurses in northern San Diego County hit the picket lines on Wednesday morning, raising issues with Palomar Medical Center, claiming the hospital is severely understaffed.

Staff members — including many Filipino employees represented by the California Nurses Association — say
that nurses, caregivers, and other hospital workers, often have to work around the clock, and that the fatigue is jeopardizing patient care.

“I’ve been here at Palomar for 26 years, the reason I’m here to support the picket because of staffing issues that we don’t have enough resources,” said Gigi Narisma. “We don’t have CNA in our float pool, we’ve been floating a lot with no CNA, no charge nurse no break nurse sometimes, we suffer no breaks.”

“We’re concerned about the welfare of the patients kasi palagi short kami sa mga taonan palagi kulang kami sa equipment,” said George Santiago.

In a statement, Palomar Health said that they agree that providing quality patient care is the most important priority.

The hospital says that the accusations of understaffing and poor working conditions are false, adding that the staffing levels meet or exceed federal guidelines.

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