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Nurses Protest What They Say Are Unsafe Staffing Levels

At least 200 registered nurses held a protest Tuesday morning to show their opposition to what they say are chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels at Kaiser Permanente’s Walnut Creek hospital, according to California Nurses Association spokeswoman Debra Grabelle. According to the union, hospital management has announced plans to eliminate what amounts to about 26 full-time registered nurses at a time when staffing levels are already inadequate.