Kaiser Can Invest in Patient Care
Kaiser Permanente Has Money!
Let’s take a look at KP’s fiscal health:
KP Is Very Profitable.
KP is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist—and these so-called solutions would hurt the same front-line health care workers who are battling a fourth surge in KP hospitals RIGHT NOW.
Kaiser’s Economic Positions Are Extreme AND Detrimental To Patient Care, Staffing, And Safety For All.
Increased workloads: Increasing an RN’s workload by just 1 patient increases the risk of patient mortality by 7%.
Worse shortages: California will need nearly 200,000 new nurse professionals in 2030.
recruiting and training a new RN costs: $60,000 to $98,000
turnover can cost $39 million for a single hospital (based on 20% turnover rate for 3,000 employees, with average salary of $65,000)
Two-Tier Isn’t Good Business: Everyone Gets Hurt By Two-Tier Wages
Patients are at risk: KP executives playing the long game could try to roll back our patient care standards in future contract negotiations. Our successful, collaborative patient-care committees would be a thing of the past.
All employees are at risk: Future employees will get lower pay scales for the same work. Current employees will work alongside new co-workers with lower wages and benefits—and morale. These new co-workers will not stay long, and high turnover rates will be costly and make staffing worse for the ones who stay.
Employers often fail to save money because high turnover rates will eliminate savings. Each year, turnover can cost a hospital $4.4 million to $6.9 million in retraining and recruiting.