The California Nurses Association launched a $100,000 radio ad campaign Monday criticizing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's push to temporarily relax the state's law mandating a nurse-to-patient ratio, said Chuck Idelson, the union's spokesman.
The 60-second spot is scheduled to run in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento for at least one week, Idelson said.
In early November, Schwarzenegger's administration sought, and won, the right to relax certain parts of the ratio law for at least 120 days, an authority regulators could extend for up to a year, should the governor seek to make the changes permanent.
Idelson said nurses plan to rally Dec. 1 to protest the changes, including the delay set to start Jan. 1 of a tightening of nurse-patient ratios for medical-surgical units from 1-to-6 to 1-to-5.