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VA nurses join together to advocate for change

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Nurses from the VA Medical Center in La Jolla issued a call to action Wednesday to improve patient care at the facility.

They point to delays in treatment as a symptom of a bigger problem with the VA that they can help solve. But the nurses say their ideas are falling on deaf ears. Hospital administrators have, up until very recently, refused to meet with nurse representatives.

"Within the San Diego VA is the second-worst in wait times in the California VA system. An average of 43.8 days with improper procedures at two of our clinics are just now being addressed," registered nurse Deb Rice said.

The nurses are partnering with National Nurses United, a union that represents nurses across the country. They say they're hoping the union can give them a greater ability to advocate for improvements in care.

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