California Nurses Association Press Release, 9/26/13
the eve of the opening of insurance signups under the Affordable Care
Act, registered nurses will rally outside three Kaiser Permanente
hospitals in Northern California Monday with a message for consumers
– be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to
a hospital and to safe nursing care.
Kaiser, say RNs, has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured and sending patients home or to other settings when they should still be in the hospital. As part of that shift away from hospital care, Kaiser has been reducing RN staffing in its hospitals.