Sunrise Hospital

Las Vegas, NV

Vice President:
  • Alfredo (Fredo) Serrano
Chief Stewards:
  • Maureen (Molly) Gibbons (Chief Steward – Sunrise Nursing)
  • Richard Black
  • Anabel Booth
  • Mary Jo Bouschet
  • Scott Burrell
  • Maegan Cohn
  • Linda Davis
  • Robert (Bob) Dean
  • Maribelle Del Rosario
  • Sally Farmintino
  • Bridgett Hollis
  • Guillermina (Yimi) Iniguez Reyna
  • Gale La Peer
  • Tanya Lewis-Lusk
  • Fabiola Magana
  • Brian Morris
  • Barbara (Jeanne) Perkins
  • Douglas (Doug) Pesaresi
  • Leo Peterson
  • Mary Lou Sarkissian
  • Joyce Schifini
  • Melanie Sisson
  • Sandra (Sandy) Stiefes
  • Mark Turner
  • Patricia (Pat) Walthour

Speak Up for Safe Staffing

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hear our safe staffing bill on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m.

It’s critical that lawmakers hear from you about why safe staffing will lead to greater patient protection and improved quality care in Nevada.

If you’re able to attend the hearing in person, it is in the Legislative Building, Room 2149, Carson City. If you’re in Southern Nevada, you can attend the meeting and provide testimony via videoconference. The meeting is in Room 4412 of the Grant Sawyer State Building, 555 W. Washington Ave., Las Vegas.

Wear your work uniform and come tell lawmakers why safe staffing is so critical.

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Health Care Workers Take Action

ADO CommHealth care workers know one of the best tools in their protective arsenal are Assignment Despite Objection forms.

They protect licenses and careers.

Whenever, in your professional opinion, conditions on the floors are unsafe for patients and employees, an ADO form should be filled out, submitted to a supervisor and faxed to the Union.

This could protect you if a mistake or sentinel event occurs while working in those conditions. Over time, ADO forms illustrate the broad frequency of sub-optimal conditions. They illustrate the need for Staffing Ratios! That’s why on March 4, SEIU members from Valley, Desert Springs, UMC and St. Rose hospitals submitted hundreds of ADOs to Nevada’s Bureau of Health Care and Quality Compliance. Separately, SEIU members at Sunrise, Mountain View and Southern Hills hospitals have begun moving staffing issues through the HCA-SEIU Labor Accord process.

With the SEIU Safe Staffing and Patient Protection bill sponsored by state Sen. Patricia Spearman and moving through the Nevada Legislature, We Are On The Move to WIN Staffing Ratios in Nevada!

Katrina Alvarez-Hyman, an RN at Desert Springs, said the detail on ADO forms offer clear protection for health care workers. “We need to keep filling them out,” she said. “Our licenses and patients’ lives are in jeopardy.”

The Bureau of Health Care and Quality Compliance is entrusted with protecting the safety and welfare of the public through the promotion and advocacy of quality health care through licensing, regulation, enforcement and education. Sparked by our ADOs,  the agency began its review of Valley, Desert Springs, UMC and St. Rose hospitals on March 4.




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SEIU Nevada’s Exec. Vp Speaks Out on Blog

The following can be read in its entirety on SEIU International’s blog:

The Healthcare Law: Bringing Relief to Nurses and Patients

By Raushanah Abdullah, RN, SEIU Nevada

My fellow nurses and I are celebrating National Nurses Week this year by using it as an opportunity to make sure everyone in Nevada knows about the positive changes that the Affordable Care Act has made in the lives of nurses, patients and our community.

I have a real appreciation for what access to timely, quality care can mean because I am a nurse–but also because my husband is the recipient of a kidney transplant which saved his life.

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Sunrise Hospital Bargaining Updates


Friday, March 2, Sunrise Hospital notified the Union of its intent to merge Peds Oncology into Peds. In response, the Union submitted to the Hospital its demand to bargain the impacts of this change. In discussions with Union representatives prior to bargaining, SEIU nurses expressed a number of concerns about this proposed change. Nurses had concerns about Patient Safety, Staffing, Pay Rates, Proper Training, and Certifications. Many of these issues were raised at our first impact bargaining session on Thursday, March 15. In particular, SEIU nurses addressed their concern that 16-hours of ONS training would not be sufficient. Rather, they felt that APON was the best training.

We also addressed Patient Safety concerns regarding the placement and proximity of dirty and clean patients. The Union raised concern that Peds nurses have regularly been performing IMC and ICU level of care though management took no official position on Wage Rates at the bargaining table. At informal meetings, Peds Oncology nurses were told their pay rates would be cut from a U18 to a U16. Meanwhile, Peds nurses were told their pay rates would remain at a U16 despite taking on a certification and duties that have historically been paid at a U18 rate. Management explained the merger was driven by the low census levels in Oncology and that this merger would be consistent with Hospitals on national and local levels. Items still to be addressed at upcoming bargaining sessions include: Impact on the Float Chart, Ratios, Staffing, and Acuity, Wage Rates, and Call offs.


The Medical Records department is currently subject to a transition to an electronic program that is impacting 41 bargaining unit employees. There are two separate bargaining tables for two groups of employees, because the impact is different for two groups of job classifications.

The Hospital contends that the 13 affected Coders are being ‘relocated’ to another company as a result of an Article 61 ‘Shared Services’ initiative and will be offered their current rate of pay and will carry over their PTO and EIB. The Hospital’s position is that these employees are not being laid off and therefore should not be afforded their Article 15 rights to Severance, Bumping, and Recall. The Union disputes the Hospital’s interpretation of Article 61 and is taking the position that their Article 15 rights are still In-tact.

With regards to the Clerks and Techs, the Hospital has enacted a Reduction in Force (RIF) with half of the group being separated Monday, May 21 and the other half to be separated upon completion of the departmental transition, perhaps by the end of this year. While the Union has raised issue with the depth of the initial reduction, the real issue is whether there should be a RIF at all. Unfortunately the situation looks entirely too much like subcontracting, so the Union has filed an Article 44 grievance to contest the issue. Our contract prohibits subcontracting our work. Stay tuned as we continue the fight to uphold the contract for our co-workers in Medical Records.

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