Inese Redondo, RN

Affiliate: Sharp

Unit: Geriatric Psych

Health Care Professional Since: 1964

UNAC/UHCP Member Since: 1998

“Before the union, nurses were treated like children. Now we’re treated with respect, we have a voice in what goes on in our workplace and in how patients are treated.”

The union saved our hospital. Sharp said we were losing money and tried to sell the hospital to a for-profit chain. We organized community groups and arranged for people from Washington to testify on our behalf at hearings. When a community gets organized, justice can prevail. It turns out Sharp was not losing money, and the Attorney General prevented them from selling the hospital.

I always wanted to be a nurse. To me there’s something sacred about being in a hospital. With my Masters in Counseling Psychology I decided to go into psychiatric nursing. I’ve been in geriatric psych since 1990. I grew to love my older patients and find nursing very rewarding.

I was in management for awhile until I became disillusioned. I had a democratic leadership style. I felt nurses should have a voice in decision-making. But health care started to change in the late eighties. I became a union activist in the 1990’s when cuts became the norm, and only management favorites got raises.

I like helping nurses when they have to go to disciplinary or investigatory meetings. I don’t like to fight but I know how if I have to. I’m happy to be in a union hospital. Now we’re treated with respect, we have a voice in what goes on in our workplace and in how patients are treated.

We are the union. The union is here to protect our rights and empower us to deliver the best care possible for our patients. I feel privileged and honored to serve my union, and the Registered Nurses who serve others.

Previous Leaders

Dinah Hernandez, RN Sunset
Joy P., RN Sunset
Debra Sung, PT PT/OT/RT
Michelle Lanorias, RN Pettis Memorial
Brenda Gomez, RN St. Francis
Rose Kivila, RN Parkview
Barb Kotlik, NP Downey
Carol Granot, RN Sharp
Summer Noyes, RN Sharp
Nery Naguiat, CHRN Garden Grove
Randy Naguiat, RN Garden Grove
Crystal Janey, RN Balboa
Linda Church, CNM Specialty Care Nurses
Nancy Gustafson, WOCN Specialty Care Nurses
Elena Sangit, RN Panorama City
Erica Yvette Mays, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
Maria Palacio, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
Isaac Saroia, RN Beverly
Sally Manalad, RN Lakewood
Corazon Arabaca, RN Fountain Valley
Krissy Stassin, RN Riverside
Susanna Adame-Rozbruch, RN, BSN Woodland Hills
Gene Chang, OD South Bay
Monica Guillemin, PA-C West LA
Shelley Stanovich, RN Downey
Ahsan Haque, RN St. Francis
Vena Stover, RN Baldwin Park
Debby Cruz, RN Parkview
Edwin Guardado, RN St. Francis
Angelica Coria, RN Garden Grove
Daniel Quiñones, RN Sharp
Janet Rossi, RN Orange County
Krishna Yu, RN Lakewood
Bernadette “Bernie” Brayshaw, RN Fountain Valley