Nurses begin a five-day strike at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center on Monday, October 24

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RNs say management needs to address high turnover and workplace violence

Registered nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) in Oakland and Berkeley will hold a five-day strike from Oct. 24 to Oct. 28 in response to ongoing patient care issues, including workplace violence and high turnover rates, announced the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) today.

“We are seeing a mass exodus of nurses from the medical center due to poor working conditions,” said Mike Hill, registered nurse in the intensive care unit. “Sutter has a responsibility to ensure nurses have what they need to provide the highest quality care and have workplace violence prevention plans in place for each unit. I regularly see nurses leaving the medical center for other nursing positions. We have nurses working overtime, even double shifts day after day to keep the hospital running. Sutter must create working conditions to improve patient care while providing a safe working environment that retains nurses.

  • What: ABSMC Five Day Pickets
  • Where: Oakland campuses:
    350 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland
    Berkeley campuses:
    2450 Ashby Ave, Berkeley
    2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley
  • When: Strike lines at Hawthorne Ave. and Ashby Ave., starting at 7:00 a.m.

“I’ve worked at ABSMC for over 40 years, and I’ve never seen Sutter act so disrespectfully towards nurses, and therefore towards our patients,” said Ann Gaebler, registered nurse on the care unit. neonatal intensives. “Nursing is a challenging profession, it requires the ability to understand and retain complex medical knowledge, an ability to remain calm when the going gets tough, a compassionate nature and emotional resilience. It takes time to master the nursing profession and it takes mentorship from experienced nurses to make it happen. We are losing our experienced nurses because of the working conditions at ABSMC. Without proper mentoring, we see young nurses suffer the hurt feelings and moral distress of having to care for patients without the support they need, and so they leave. This is not how to grow the next generation of nurses or how to care for a community. We need Sutter to step in to address our retention concerns, so that we can continue to provide excellent patient care.

The strike is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24 and end on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 6:59 a.m.

CNA represents 1,800 nurses at Sutter Health’s ABSMC campuses.


The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the nation’s largest and fastest growing union and professional association for registered nurses with 100,000 members at more than 200 facilities across California and more than 225,000 AI nationwide.

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