USC University Hospital workers picket outside hospital
Approximately 100 nurses and medical staff gathered outside of the USC University Hospital Tuesday to hold an informational picket.
The nurses and medical staff are demanding an increase in staffing levels in order to minimize patient risk.
Although the medical staff, represented by the members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers and the registered nurses, represented by the California Nurses Association, have entered separate negotiations with the hospital, they both claim to be fighting for patient rights.
The hospital has suggested dissolving the Patient Care Committees, which advises the hospital on appropriate staffing levels.
According to NUHW, if staffing does not increase, Patient Care Technicians could be responsible for the care of 32 patients at a time.
Dana Green, a freshman majoring in engineering, believes that the patient should come first, when it comes to medical treatment.
âIf more nurses and medical staff are needed to properly take care of patients, than I agree with the demands of the picketers,â Green said.
The Los Angeles Times reported that hospital officials have vowed to cooperate with both unions and hope to reach a mutual agreement.
The USC University Hospital serves 50,000 inpatients and 750,000 outpatients annually and has 293 beds.
NUHW represents caregivers at the hospital including respiratory therapists, patient care technicians and surgical technicians.