Elizabeth Hawkins, RN

“In my time at UNAC/UHCP, I’ve seen many members who wanted to get involved but didn’t know how. As a union, it’s our job to train and mentor our local leaders who want to be ready to work for a better workplace.”

Elizabeth started off her 30+ year nursing career at a non-union hospital where a nursing shortage set a new path for her life. Fed up with mandatory overtime, Liz was preparing to leave the hospital when she was offered the opportunity to become a pre-cursor to a rapid response RN. Within a few years, she had moved to the Kaiser Riverside ER, where she eventually became a contract specialist. From there, she spent two years as a UNAC/UHCP staff rep before being elected to serve as State Secretary.