A nurses strike scheduled to begin on Christmas Eve threatens operations at three Southern California hospitals as the nurses allege that current work conditions harm staff safety amid the pandemic.

The Hospital Corporation of America on Monday received a 10-day notice of the intent to strike by about 2,450 registered nurses and licensed professionals across three of its hospitals, according to the SEIU Local 121 union chapter, which represents them. The strike would begin on Dec. 24 and continue through Jan. 3 at the Riverside Community Hospital, Los Robles Regional Medical Center, and West Hills Hospital & Medical Center…

Registered nurses have taken issue with “dangerously low staffing levels” and lack of adequate personal protective equipment that have put them at risk for infection as the coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm frontline workers, according to the union.

While many of these issues have pre-dated the pandemic, Carter said Monday that the issues have only gotten worse as many nurses are overworked and pushed to buy their own PPE due to hospital rationing.