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Health care workers from the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) launched a campaign against workplace violence in an effort to improve work environments. Assaults in hospitals, especially in emergency rooms, are a very common occurrence but little has been done to regulate safety for health care workers. In May 2014, a study of the incidence and cost of nurse workplace violence by patients or their visitors found that 97% of those surveyed who worked in an emergency room had experienced workplace violence, compared to 73% of non-emergency nurses. On June 19, 2014, UNAC/UHCP nurses traveled to Sacramento to testify in front of the California Occupational Safety Administration (Cal/OSHA) Health Standards board on workplace violence in hospitals. In this video, UNAC/UHCP members who testified at the hearing shared with us their reasons for taking a stand against workplace violence.
Health care workers are not only … Read more
The UNAC/UHCP Convention will be held October 5-8 in Los Angeles. To attend the convention, members must be elected as a delegate to represent an UNAC/UHCP affiliate.
Nominate yourself or a colleague to be a delegate. Click here to go to the online nomination form.
Delegate nominations will close on June 24, 2014 at midnight. You may also look for information in the May/June 2014 Voice member newsletter. Elections will be conducted by mail ballot at the close of nominations.
Below is the number of delegates allotted per affiliate:
Bear Valley: 2
Garden Grove: 8
Fountain Valley: 34
Kaiser Bakersfield: 4
Kaiser Baldwin Park: 30
Kaiser Downey: 44
Kaiser Fontana: 56
Kaiser Midwives & WOCN: 6
Kaiser Ontario: 24
Kaiser Optometrists: 10
Kaiser Orange County: 70
Kaiser Panorama City/Antelope Valley: 32
Kaiser Riverside: 40
Kaiser San Diego: 72
Kaiser South Bay: 30
Kaiser Specialty: 46
Kaiser … Read more
UNAC/UHCP nurses, along with other concerned members of the public, will testify on June 19 at 10 am at a California Occupational Safety Administration (Cal/OSHA) Health Standards Board public hearing regarding workplace violence. These health care workers will share real-life stories of workplace attacks sustained by health care workers while caring for patients.
UNAC/UHCP surveyed its members and other health care professionals on violence in the workplace and the results show a growing trend in hospitals. For instance, 78% of those surveyed had personally experienced workplace violence or knew a co-worker who has been a victim. The majority of violence is perpetrated by patients. One nurse reported being threatened en masse with coworkers in the ER by a patient who said, “I am going to find out where each one of you lives by looking you up on Facebook. Then I’m going to come over to your house and chop … Read more
The following UNAC/UHCP members have been elected to represent UNAC/UHCP as delegates for the 2014 AFSCME convention in Chicago, Illinois. They are listed below, with their affiliate.
Congratulations to all of them.
Ken Deitz, RN UNAC/UHCP President
Denise Duncan, RN UNAC/UHCP Executive Vice President
Charmaine Morales, RN UNAC/UHCP Secretary
Jettie Deden-Castillo, NP UNAC/UHCP Treasurer
Moises Alarcon, RN AT LARGE
Pamela Brodersen, NP KDRNA
Luzviminada Cruz, RN KRHCPA
Suzanne Delaney, RN AT LARGE
Leti Garcia, RN KRHCPA
Edwin Guardado, RN SFRNA
Diana Hansen, RN KRHCPA
Jess Mangubat, RN KSRNA
John “Tim” Uliasz, RN KSDHCPA
Michael Zackos, RN AT LARGE
Teresa Alcala, RN KSBHPA
Scott Byington, RN SFRNA
Elizabeth Hawkins, RN KRHCPA
Michael Hinsley, RN … Read more
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Congratulations to our 2014 Community Scholarship Winners. Get their vitals below:
Yoyovi Boessi will be using his scholarship to fund his studies at East Los Angeles College, where he’s part of the Respiratory Therapist program. Boessi’s studies haven’t been easy, for nearly two years, she worked in food service as a member of union, while attending classes. She has been recognized several times for her scholastic excellence, not easy while working as well. Boessi grew up in West Africa in Togo. Her drive to help the sick comes from her childhood in Togo, where it was common for people to die of malaria, asthma, and COPD.
Tiffany Ma plans to start nursing school at Azusa Pacific University in the Fall. Ma initially went to medical school after college, where she learned that a patient’s health is more that physical, that it includes emotional and social well-being. In order to be … Read more
UNAC/UHCP is excited to announce our 2014 class of scholarship recipients. The scholarships were awarded in three categories: UNAC/UHCP members, family of UNAC/UHCP members, and a community scholarship. Listed below are summaries of our family member scholarship winners.
Christyana Cabal, daughter of member Ronald Cabal, RN, of Kaiser Ontario Vineyard, is a recipient of the family scholarship who has found a way to apply her major, ethnomusicology, to the health care field. Cabal plays the harp for patients at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA, where she attends school. For her senior project, Cabal plans to create a harp therapy program, where students can learn how to play music in a hospital setting. Says Cabal, “while my parents take care of their patients’ physical health, I have compassion for those dealing with mental and emotional stress.” Both of Cabal’s parents are nurses.
Savjot Dharni, whose … Read more
UNAC/UHCP is thrilled to announce our 2014 class of scholarship recipients, starting with our member scholarship winners. We are proud of our members who will put their scholarships to use earning nursing doctorate degrees to service geriatric patients, further their education and become NPs and WOCNs, and those who will earn BSNs to enhance their skills.
In order to see whether your region is meeting the goals of the Total Health Incentive Plan, it’s important to measure progress throughout the year. Click here to see the SoCal progress report.
Our first regional status report will arrive this week. Please see here for a pdf of the information our Southern California dashboard will show.
This is the first dashboards of the 2014 plan year. The Total Health Incentive Plan has three parts, with a maximum bonus opportunity of $500 for the 2014 plan year. Progress will be measured and payments made based on regional performance, meaning that all eligible employees will receive the incentives if the targets below are met.
1) Gate One: 75 percent of eligible employees in a region must take the Total Health Assessment (www.kp.org/hwf) between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2014. If a region meets this gate, a bonus of … Read more