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September 25, 2011

Patient’s Death Blamed on Nurse Strike

Filed under: journalism, local news, politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 11:35 am

A few days ago California nurses went on “sympathy” strike, and now a patient’s death is blamed on a fill-in nurse at an Oakland hospital:

A female patient at an Oakland hospital died early Saturday due to what the hospital described as a “medical error” made while she was under the care of a replacement nurse hired during a labor dispute.

The nurse allegedly gave the woman a fatal dose of medication, said Cynthia Perkins, a spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department. The nurse, who was not identified, was taken in for questioning by officers.

Police and state medical officials are investigating the death at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, which occurred while most of the hospital’s regular nursing staff was locked out after a one-day strike Thursday.

Shameless union leaders are using this tragic incident to further their agenda:
“An incident like this is chilling and strikes right to our nurses’ concern about their ability to advocate for their patients,” said Rose Ann Demoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association-National Nurses United, which represents about 2,000 nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “It was irresponsible to lock out those nurses.”
Surely, going on “sympathy strike” when the striking nurses have no beef with their employers, but merely solidarity with some other strike is responsible and perfectly ethical.

KTVU channel 2 doesn’t waste time to assign the blame.  Check out their headline:

nurses strike



  1. As tragic as that is, sounds like the scab nurse wasn’t competent.

    Comment by Harrison — September 25, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    • Maybe. Unfortunately, medical mistakes occur with certain regularity. Considering that so many nurses are striking statewide, is it even statistically significant that one patient died due to nurse’s error?
      In any case, I think this “sympathy strike” is unethical when patients lives and health are involved.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — September 25, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

      • People who go to the hospital on weekends are more likely to die than those who go in during the week. The alternative to the story is to never allow anyone to go on strike, which I think is unworkable. But certainly more consideration should be made towards who is hired to replace those not at work.

        Comment by Harrison — September 26, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  2. The “scab” nurse was there because the hospital wanted that nurse to be there. How many more patients would have suffered if the hospital had not brought in “scab” nurses?

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — September 26, 2011 @ 11:48 am

  3. so sad…

    Comment by Angel — September 26, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

  4. Typical. Sadly typical.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — September 27, 2011 @ 7:29 am

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