Stanford nurses go on strike

The entrance to Stanford Hospital.

By the Daily Post staff

About 5,000 nurses at Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, who make as much as $200,000 a year, went on strike Monday (April 25).

The hospitals are offering the nurses a 12% raise over the next three years, while the nurse’s union is asking for 20%. The two sides started at 10% and 24% respectively.

The hospitals will remain open with replacement nurses. A bargaining session is scheduled for Tuesday.

Besides wages, bonuses are also an issue. The hospitals are offering nurses a bonus of 1% of their salary each year, while the union is asking for a $3,000 bonus this year and another $3,000 bonus in 2025.

Under Stanford Health Care’s proposal, they would make about $157,000 at the end of the contract, while the union’s proposal would bring them to about $168,000.

At the top of the pay scale, clinical nurses make about $200,000 per year. Stanford Health Care’s proposal would bring them to $224,000, while the unions want $240,000.

Stanford Health Care reported net income of $457 million in 2019, according to an IRS document, and CEO David Entwistle was paid $2.8 million.

The union, the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement or CRONA, said that 93% of eligible nurses voted to authorize the strike.

Burnout cited by union

“As one of the nation’s top health care systems, Stanford and Packard have an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and work with nurses to solve the burnout and exhaustion that is driving many of us to reconsider our jobs and our profession,” said Colleen Borges, president of CRONA and a pediatric oncology nurse at Packard Children’s Hospital.

“We’ve been disappointed by hospital administrators’ consistent refusal to acknowledge the reality of understaffing: constant requests for overtime, little time for rest with our families and insufficient support for our mental health. A strike has always been the last resort for CRONA nurses, but we are prepared to stand strong and make sacrifices today for the transformative changes that the nursing profession needs.”

Hospital officials disappointed

Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Patient Care Services for Stanford Health Care Dale E. Beatty and Jesus Cepero, senior vice president of patient care and chief nursing officer for Stanford Children’s Health, said in a joint statement the hospitals will remain open with qualified replacement nurses.

“We respect our nurses’ legal right to take part in a work stoppage but are deeply disappointed that the union chose this path,” the statement said. “A union work stoppage is a serious event that is disruptive to our patients, families and colleagues. The impact can be deep, long lasting and costly. We have worked diligently to reach a mutually acceptable contract agreement and have made meaningful progress at the bargaining table so far.”


  1. Why are the picket lines filled with nursing students and people who aren’t even in the nursing profession, even though they’ve donned blue scrubs and other clothing to make them look like nurses? Could it be that the actual nurses have signed up with the nurse registry and are taking temporary jobs at other hospitals for $1,000 a day? I don’t blame them, but they shouldn’t pretend the people on the picket line are actual nurses.

  2. That explains why there were so few protesters today, maybe two dozen to be generous. And I read that the hospital was staffed by traveling nurses. So Stanford’s nurses travel to another hospital to get 1k a day, and Stanford pays big bucks to bring traveling nurses here.

  3. The nurses were scheduled to picket at the off site clinics, not the main hospitals, yesterday. And to answer the other comment, picketing is for all who support the CRONA nurses, not just the nurses themselves! The nursing students likely picketed because this is also their future. Family members are picketing with their nurses because benefits for the dependents are also being taken away on the 1st of next month. This is not just a Stanford nurse problem – this involves many, many people!

  4. Since when did employers pay salaries and benefits to strikers? If you go out on strike, you give up your pay and benefits. No law requires an employer to pay anything to striking workers. Why is this even news?

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