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An Educational Opportunity for SEIU Nurse Members that are More than CEUs.

 

The Nurse Alliance of SEIU California is proud 

to announce the grand opening of our 

On-demand Education Library!

 

The library for our FREE on-line courses opened on January 3, 2022 and provides education only provided by our union.  These classes offer vital information for your nursing practice, health & safety and patient advocacy so they are so much more than just free CEUs!

As an SEIU CA nurse member, you’ll be able to create an account to take any of our offered courses designed exclusively for SEIU CA nurse members.

Just click on the registration link provided here, fill it out and then you’ll receive a personal invite via email to join us that includes a link to the library, a unique username and password.  Every SEIU California nurse member who registers will create their own account and be able to take any of our offered courses.  Because the courses are pre-recorded and available any time, nurses can take our courses at their convenience. (That means even NOC shift nurses can join us!) 

The courses available in the library are being offered in either 1-CEU, 2-CEU or 3-CEU options.  Each course is broken up into about 30-minute chapters so that you can take each chapter and complete each course around your busy schedule.  On this site you’ll be able to see which courses we are currently offering, keep track of the chapters and courses that you’ve completed, and get in touch with either the instructors or fellow participants.  Because we’ll be adding new course options every month, it will be important for you to visit our library regularly.

These free CEU courses are presented by the Nurse Alliance of SEIU California and open to all SEIU licensed nurse members. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing – CA Provider Number 3413. 

Take a virtual tour of our education library: tinyurl.com/NAOpenHouse  

To register:  tinyurl.com/SEIUNACAregister                                                        

For questions email: hughesk@seiunaca.org

 

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SEIU Registered Nurse, Sasha Cuttler Explains Similarities Between Fighting COVID-19 And HIV/AIDS

This is a three minute piece that was produced about a week ago for December 1st World AIDS Day. Mary Magee, SEIU 1021 retiree  sent the journalist to me.

By very sad coincidence, on World AIDS Day,  the first known case of the Omicron variant of COVID 19 in the U.S. was discovered in San Francisco. This variant appears to be even more contagious than the Delta variant and was bravely announced by scientists in South Africa. South Africa has suffered preventable deaths from HIV/AIDS because U.S. drug companies refused to allow South Africa to produce generics. Some scientists think that the mutation of COVID 19 may have occurred among people infected with HIV whose immune systems could not eliminate the virus from their system. At the same time, Moderna tested their COVID 19 vaccine in South Africa but then failed to supply the country with it.

Please join me in demanding that South Africans (and ALL people)  have access to COVID 19 vaccines and HIV/AIDS treatment. As the old slogan goes: Silence=Death.

 

Sasha Cuttler RN PhD

RN Chair

SEIU Local 1021

P.S. Get your COVID 19 vaccine booster and flu shot: It’s NOT too late.

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“Hate has no Place in Healthcare!”

Nurses & healthcare workers decry cruel Federal rule that would
jeopardize patient safety for women, LGBTQI patients, and others

(San Francisco, CA) This morning, nurses, healthcare workers, and community allies spoke out to oppose a final rule change by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This rule change would destroy healthcare workers’ “duty to care” by allowing religious objections to care that will impact LGBTQI patients, women’s healthcare, and more.

 

A letter of support from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is available here.

Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, Committee of Interns and Residents (SEIU), SEIU Nurse Alliance of California, faith leaders including Rev. Claire Bohman and Fresh “Lev” White, and Chief of Staff Dan Bernal from Speaker Pelosi’s San Francisco office all took part in this morning’s ceremony to speak out against the Trump administration’s discriminatory rule change.

Nurses and allies then symbolically chained themselves together with a string of paper hearts to represent their unity and commitment to caring for every patient and defending access to lifesaving care.

“Just as people with HIV were demonized in the 1980s, the federal government is again encouraging the unethical and inhumane treatment of patients and justifying it as ‘religious freedom.’ But healthcare providers, especially here in San Francisco, are committed to fighting for our patients and our profession,” said SEIU 1021 member Sasha Cuttler, a Registered Nurse at San Francisco General Hospital.

“Religiously observant healthcare workers learn, as the adults we are, how to navigate our choices of work, taking into account the realities of patient needs and own beliefs. It is incumbent on us to make job decisions that would never result in our denying a patient care. It is patients who need protections and a guarantee that they will be treated with dignity, and will have access to quality care, care as excellent and thorough as the next person. These inhumane rules from a Health (and supposedly) Human Services Department allow individual healthcare workers, as well as religiously based healthcare systems, to discriminate and withhold care,” said SEIU 1021 Mary Magee, RN.

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SEIU Local 1021 represents nearly 60,000 employees in local governments, non-profit agencies, health care programs and schools throughout Northern California, including 20,000 in San Francisco. SEIU 1021 represents more than half of all workers employed by the City and County of San Francisco; registered nurses and other healthcare workers at the city’s hospitals, clinics, and jails; court workers, and nonprofit workers who provide care and support to the city’s most vulnerable populations.

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