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Deborah Burger on the California Nurses Strike and Author of The Comfort Garden, Laurie Barkin | Show 423

Casey and Dan talk with RN and co-president of National Nurses United Deborah Burger about the nurses strike in Northern California. Over 23,000 nurses took part in the one day strike against Sutter and Kaiser hospitals. Tragically as we spoke with Deborah about how a lockout adversely affects patient safety, a patient at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center died due to a medical error while under the care of a replacement nurse. Though this was a one-day strike, Sutter refused to let the nurses come back to work for another four days, putting patients in further jeopardy. More on the strike and this story at National Nurses United.

And in studio Casey and Dan welcome RN Laurie Barkin. Laurie is a psychiatric nurse consultant at San Francisco General and has written a fascinatingly vivid account about her twenty years as an elite psychiatric trauma nurse treating San Francisco’s most complicated cases. Her book is called The Comfort Garden.

This show originally aired October 1-2, 2011. Read more about the show or listen to the podcast.

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