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COVID-19 Updates



Madhava Kantor, CRNA
Downey Medical Center
Photographer: Tuyen Lee, CRNA


Nurses Week - Shout Outs on KFI AM 640

Kerrie Klein
Panorama City Medical Center



Loretta Vejar
Panorama City Medical Center



Becky Ashlock
Panorama City Medical Center



Josh Carr
Riverside Medical Center



Liezle Arevalo
Panorama City Medical Center




[ pdf ]  April 30, 2020  PAPR and CAPR Guidance


Stories from the Frontline

Thank You Orange County Medical Center For Sharing PPE With the Downey Medical Center!

Dear Dr Newton,

The Anesthesiology Department at DMC would like to send you sincere gratitude. I hope you stay safe and take care. Thank you!

Anesthesiology Department
Anesthesiologists and CRNAs
Downey Medical Center (DMC)


Downey KPNAA Members Lead Through Covid-19 Crisis, Management Thanks CRNAs





DMC CRNAS enjoying lunch provided by KPNAA to the DMC Anesthesia Care Team 4-22-20

[ pdf ]  Downey Best Practice
       Anesthesia Process for Stat Intubations and Intubations in the OR


Panorama City KPNAA members - CRNA leaders!

CRNAs at Panorama City played a vital role to ensure patients had the right care at the right time with the Pan City intubation teams throughout the facility.



Pictured left to right:
Ernest Buccat RN, Roni Tolentino RN, James Hegesy CST, Art David RN, Kelly Murray MD, Paul Anamos CRNA, Samia Levasseur CRNA.


Kerrie Klein, CRNA, Area Representative Panorama City

Being a CRNA during the COVID-19 pandemic is both an honor and overwhelming mission. It is an honor to have the knowledge and expertise to help a patient struggling to breathe by placing a breathing tube. It is an honor to stand next to some of the most brilliant, dedicated, and brave colleagues. It is an honor to know we make a difference and we just may save some lives.

In an already stressful job, our families and friends routinely provide relief from the stress. We work for them. We look forward to that respite. COVID-19 has taken that from us. We are under the most stress we have ever experienced, and we cannot see our families or friends for fear of making them sick. This is so trying. Some of my colleagues have moved out of their homes to protect their families, and come home to an empty place after a long and trying shift on the intubation team. The ones who have chosen to stay home or do not have the option of moving out push their children away until they can feel they are �safely clean.� But we never feel clean. We have to reuse masks and carry them in paper bags... this goes against our training of using things only once to prevent cross contamination.

The physical effects are difficult as well. It�s hard to eat, we have chest pains, stomach pains, headaches, and trouble sleeping. It truly is this crushing feeling when you walk into the hospital with varying degrees of despair. Everyone is terrified, some are trying to distract, some provide comic relief, some go to the locker room and cry, some go over the little PPE we have find creative ways to reuse. We know that at around 1% of us as healthcare workers will go down (get critically ill or die... more will be carriers). I think that�s the hardest part for us. At least for me, because I look around and wonder who it will be.

But we try to focus and we know we have a job to do. And we have each other. We know what to do. And that helps me take a deep breath.

Nurse in PPE
Kerrie Klein
Panorama City CRNA

Panorama City CRNAs at Christmas Party
Loretta Vejar, Kerrie Klein, Sue Ahn, Liezle Arevalo, Blair Mostofi

[ pdf ]  April 10, 2020 Temporary Benefit Enhancement

[ pdf ]  April 10, 2020 Union Overview of Temporary Pay Time Off and Benefit Enhancement

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KP: Mental Health Advice 1-800-900-3277  or  (Click Here)

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[ pdf ]  OHSA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

CDC: Information for Healthcare Professionals  (Click Here)

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[ pdf ]  March 31, 2020 Child Care Resources & Referrals for Southern California

[ pdf ]  March 25, 2020 A Message from Ed Ellison and Julie Miller-Phipps RE: PPEs COVID-19 Masking Flyer

[ pdf ]  March 25, 2020 PPEs COVID-19 Masking Flyer

[ pdf ]  March 24, 2020 A Message from Greg Adams, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

[ pdf ]  March 23, 2020 California Hospital Association Response Letter

[ pdf ]  March 21, 2020 UNAC/UHCP PPE Letter to California Hospital Association

[ pdf ]  March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Update

[ pdf ]  March 19, 2020 Kaiser Permanente SCAL Masking Guidelines

[ pdf ]  March 19, 2020 Alliance Leadership Message

[ pdf ]  March 18, 2020 KPNAA Member Tele Town Hall Re-Cap

[ pdf ]  March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update

[ pdf ]  March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update

[ pdf ]  Message from Ed Ellison and Julie Miller-Phipps

[ pdf ]  Exposure to Novel Coronavirus Policy

[ pdf ]  School Closure Policy



Mission

The Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association (KPNAA) is a union of certified nurse anesthetists that work for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. We have 350 members of our union that work in facilities across the Southern California area. KPNAA members provide professional excellence through advocacy, unity, and vigilance.


Save the Date!

Saturday, June 6, 2020
KPNAA Annual Meeting & Benefits Presentation
Location TBA




KPNAA History

In 1978 Kaiser Permanente�s (KP) internal structure was strongly encouraging the organization of nurses into existing bargaining groups. At that time, the United Nurses Association of California (UNAC) was the premier nursing union for the Southern California region�s seven Kaiser Foundation Hospital (KFH) Medical Centers. Having been independent employees of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) for many years, the CRNAs were reluctant to become part of a large union structure despite the organizational pressure and purported benefits. There was some benefit to bargaining contracts as a group and no option to become partners of the physician-only SCPMG.

At the time, several CRNA�s from across the region had been meeting occasionally for Saturday brunch to update each other on activities across the region sharing items of professional and personal interest. Bette Greene, CRNA, had kept informal notes (legend has it on the proverbial cocktail napkin). The opportunities at the time were to organize in affiliation with an existing bargaining unit, appeal to SCPMG to remain independent employees or seek an independent organization status through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In an outstanding bit of strategy vs. luck, the notes compiled to date were enough to convince the NLRB of the independent status of the CRNAs. This was a time when independent unions were permitted outside of the AFL-CIO or other national affiliates. The NLRB�s 1979 decision allowed the Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association of Southern California to be formed representing all CRNA�s employed by the SCPMG. Our Association was certified as a regional union, not hospital by hospital as most other nursing unions function.

[ pdf ]  Click here to read more about KPNAA�s History.