TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Carondelet Health Network disapproves of a car honking event the union held outside of hospitals this morning amid COVID-19 case surges in southern Arizona.
In a press release from National Nurses United, NNOC/NNU-represented registered nurses planned to hold a car procession honk-a-thon on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 8:15 a.m., to urge their hospitals to provide optimal staffing and alert the community of the current public health crisis in Arizona.
“In the ICU, we typically have two patients maximum and when you add on a third patient that means we have less time with each patient who are all in critical conditions,” said Christine Valenzuela, an ICU RN at St. Mary’s’s Hospital.
The following message is from the Carondelet Health Network:
Our focus continues to remain on caring for our community during the pandemic. Every protocol in our COVID response, including our staffing, has been built around the safety of our patients. Contrary to the implication from the union, our RNs are competent and qualified to care for patients in the current staffing model, and our processes with regard to COVID care are centered around the safety of our patients and staff and in compliance with CDC guidelines and state orders.
We are surprised and disappointed that the union plans to hold this public action during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with the current surge of cases in our area. Honking of car horns outside of our hospital is inconsistent with our care guidelines as we strive to provide a calm and peaceful environment of care for our patients.
We commend our team of trained professionals who are working valiantly to ensure our preparedness as we continue caring for our community. It is our commitment to continue our focus on providing the highest level of patient safety, quality care and patient experience to the community we serve.