Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital, in Worcester, MA, have authorized a 1-day strike
over staffing levels.
My mother has cancer. Between her PCP, oncologist, and chemo appointments, she spends a lot of time at St. Vincent. Ever since her surgery, almost 3 years ago, she has noticed the lack of nurses.
UMass Memorial, the other big hospital in town, announced nursing layoffs earlier this year. Meanwhile, thousands of new grads can't find jobs. I grew up nearby, and I had to leave the state to find a nursing job. My godmother's youngest daughter graduated from nursing school
almost 2 years ago; she's considering joining the Army to get a job.
If the strike results in more nursing jobs
, I'm all for it.