tara hospital at brownsville announced the layoff wednesday of its staff of licensed practical nurses, putting about 24 employees on a list of about 62 layoffs during november.
hospital officials said they are restructuring the nursing services to correct recent deficiencies identified by the state department of health. the hospital now will use only registered nurses.
"by instituting an all-rn facility, physicians are able to get first-hand information regarding their patients' care while talking directly to their nurse," hospital officials said in a prepared statement. "the medical staff was elated that the administration has pledged to convert to this highest standard of care."
a change-of-ownership survey performed by the state department of health in september and october identified 63 deficiencies in the day-to-day operation of the hospital. most of the observations by state inspectors refer to failures to establish or follow adopted policies for employees.
full story: tara hospital at brownsville lays off 24 lpns