800 Pennsylvania Nurses Went on Strike This Week. Now They’re Locked Out.
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“What led us to strike is the same thing that led us to unionize: patient safety,” says Beth Redwine, a “mother-baby” nurse who works in the maternity ward at St. Mary Medical Center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Redwine is one of nearly eight hundred nurses who went on strike Tuesday in response to what she and her coworkers described as foot-dragging by Trinity Health, which bought St. Mary in 2015, during what has been a nearly yearlong contract negotiation.
Livonia, Michigan–based Trinity owns over ninety hospitals nationwide. As for St. Mary, nurses describe it as a profitable institution. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the hospital “made an average of $58 million in annual profit in the last three years,” according to Trinity financial documents, making it one of the region’s most profitable hospitals. They say that their problems began not with the pandemic, but when Trinity took over the hospital.
“We’ve had inadequate staffing since Trinity took over, and we tried to negotiate with them prior to unionizing, but they weren’t having any of it,” says Donna Halpern, a cardiac critical care nurse who has been at St. Mary for fifteen years. The nurses voted to unionize with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), which represents 8,500 nurses and health care professionals across Pennsylvania, in August 2019.
If watching “Grey’s Anatomy” has you convinced that doctors make all the tough decisions and are always there to welcome a new life or walk a patient to the grave, you’re only half right. As one nurse noted, most of the stuff you see a doctor doing on “Grey’s Anatomy” is actually what nurses do in real life. And what’s more, nurses aren’t dumber versions of doctors. It’s usually what they chose to become — not a fall-back for failing medical school.
Nurses are as valuable as doctors simply by virtue of how much time they spend with a floor of patients. When something goes wrong, odds are a nurse is going to be the first to handle it. Dr.s may give orders but a nurse will save your life.
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
November 21, 2020 at 9:04 PM #380263N2DocParticipant
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A lot of demand for skilled nurses nationwide, hopefully they can say f u to those scum and quickly land jobs elsewhere. Can’t run a hospital without nurses
November 21, 2020 at 10:06 PM #380274jbnwParticipant
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Good luck finding nurses willing to work for you.
I have a friend who couldn’t finish her Certified Nursing Assistant due to a lack of facilities available to train in when Oregon shut down. Now she doesn’t think she wants to work in an obviously dangerous job.
Expect a shortage of doctors, nurses and skilled personnel as people just aren’t willing to die on the job, especially if they’re badly treated doing the job.
November 22, 2020 at 6:58 AM #380372Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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thats the profit motive in action
another example of, like i said before, inadequate staffing to get the job done right
November 22, 2020 at 3:08 PM #380434
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