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Another patient safety issue was a proposal to limit mandatory "shift rotation," where nurses are required to work day shift, then rotate to night shift. "Shift rotation has been shown to reduce RN alertness and increase medication errors," said James Darby, RN, UCSF. "The first-time-ever limits on mandatory shift rotation that we won ensure that patient needs are considered."

The continued protection of pension and retiree health benefits, secured in the agreement, "encourages the recruitment and retention of nurses at UC," said Ann Brown, RN, Santa Monica-UCLA.

"Improved access to our educational leave benefit means UC nurses will be able to stay on top of the latest advances in nursing, which in turn benefits our patients," said Carol Majesky, RN, UC Davis.

The RN team was also able to soundly defeat a controversial "wellness" program that would have required nurses to fill out an extensive questionnaire that could be shared with the insurance provider. Sutter Health RNs are battling a similar proposal that is one of the key issues for Sutter RNs who are starting a 10-day strike at Northern California Sutter hospitals this Friday.

Contract Highlights:

1. Three-year contract (expires September 2010)

2. Continued pension and retiree health protection

3. New staffing protections

-- Rejection of a policy that combines all paid time off into one

bank -- (Paid Time Off) that would have encouraged RNs to come to

work when sick.

-- First-time-ever limit on policy that forces RNs to work a rotation

of day and night shifts called mandatory shift rotation.

-- Technology protections. Agreement that new technology will not

replace the RN's professional judgment or the RN's role in delivery

of care to patients.

4. Salaries increases

-- Across-the-board 6 percent increases at all medical centers this


SOURCE California Nurses Association
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