This week we all braced for it: the reported peak in COVID-19 cases. We are here, still in the middle of this crisis. That’s the reality.
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At UNAC/UHCP, we know the best way to show leadership is to be strategic and innovative, and work with our friends, allies and employers—not against the public good. So, we looked to solution-driven responses. One of the actions we took got the hospital CEOs of California hospitals to agree to postpone all unnecessary surgeries and show us absolute transparency on the availability of equipment in the facilities where you work.
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On March 21, 2020: UNAC/UHCP, on behalf of our 32,000 registered nurses and healthcare professionals, called for an end to the severe PPE shortages that are affecting us as caregivers and our patients. Here is our letter to the California Hospital Association.
Last night, one of our members wrote to me regarding her fears and concerns. Here are my comments to her. I hope this is helpful to our 32,000 RNs and health care professionals who are showing up every day to care for patients.
As health care professionals and citizens, we have never experienced this level of impact on our work, economy, food supply, not to mention a complete change in our ability to socialize in the community. We are all concerned about our families, communities and patients.
First off, we want to thank all our members for your hard work. We know that you are showing up to deliver compassionate care for your patients during this difficult time.
As UNAC/UHCP state officers, we have been tracking your calls and talking with our team about the COVID-19 outbreak. In response to questions we’ve been getting we’ve had several conference calls and have asked Staff Representative Larry Rick, PA, to be our point person and content expert around this issue.
As the coronavirus public health story continues to rapidly evolve, UNAC/UHCP is monitoring reports and urges our members and the general public to choose caution over panic.