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Nurses' strike now taking financial toll, hospitals say

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- The months-long nurses' strike in Appalachia has taken a toll on at least two hospitals, forcing dozens of layoffs and one medical unit to close.

Officials at Appalachian Regional Healthcare say some patients are refusing to cross the picket line.

The ARH hospital in South Williamson, which sits on the Kentucky-West Virginia line, has laid off 43 support staff, such as licensed practical nurses and clerical workers, company spokeswoman Candace Elkins said yesterday.

About 100 miles east of South Williamson, 17 workers have been laid off and the general medical unit has been closed at the ARH hospital in Beckley, W.Va.

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BBFRN, BSN, PhD

Specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research. Has 15 years experience.

Yep, I guess the hospital didn't account for the fact that this is coal mining country, which means there is a very strong union presence in that area. The patients are backing up the nurses in this fight. They will be voting on a tentative agreement today or tomorrow.

I bet it woulda been cheaper to negotiate with the nurses and give them what they deserve.

Yup. Blame the nurses, not the short-sightedness of the hospital administration. Very typical.

chocokitten

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 5 years experience.

I bet it woulda been cheaper to negotiate with the nurses and give them what they deserve.

ditto. They need to perform a cost/benefit analysis! lol :trout:

A friend of mine works for a travel company who was trying to get her and several others to go work the strike at one of these hospitals. My friend, a wise nurse, refused and told the coordinator, "I hope they get what they need and more. I won't contribute to making things easy for that hospital. Shame on them." She has been a nurse for about 100 years...LOL.

What the hospital also didn't count on is that, I heard through a small grapevine, hospitals in other areas have offered to take these nurses in should this not work out. Imagine what will happen if the administration doesn't listen to the nurses union. Shame on the admin.!

ditto. They need to perform a cost/benefit analysis! lol :trout:

It is more important to the hospital industry to "control" the nursing profession, than to do the commonsense thing, and negotiate with the nurses, improve working conditions, and improve salaries and benefits. They are more afraid of losing their control of nurses than anything else. They fear that we will, as a professsion, come together and exert our influence and the power that we would have, if we did.

That is why they have fought nurses unionizing, fought for nurses to have a four year degree as entry into practice, fought and refused to pay BSN nurses a higher salary (which would encourage more nurse to earn their BSN), anything that organizes us into a unified body. They want us to remain, "barefoot and pregnant", and powerless.

That, by the way, is what drives the hospital and nursing home industry to do what they do, and not do what they should do.

Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN

Spokane, Washington

chocokitten

Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 5 years experience.

It is more important to the hospital industry to "control" the nursing profession, than to do the commonsense thing, and negotiate with the nurses, improve working conditions, and improve salaries and benefits. They are more afraid of losing their control of nurses than anything else. They fear that we will, as a professsion, come together and exert our influence and the power that we would have, if we did.

That is why they have fought nurses unionizing, fought for nurses to have a four year degree as entry into practice, fought and refused to pay BSN nurses a higher salary (which would encourage more nurse to earn their BSN), anything that organizes us into a unified body. They want us to remain, "barefoot and pregnant", and powerless.

That, by the way, is what drives the hospital and nursing home industry to do what they do, and not do what they should do.

Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN

Spokane, Washington

exactly! it really is time for all parties to realize what a strong force the nursing profession is and how much good we could do for the patients AND the nurses if only we could get some fair and equitable bargaining.

These nurses are on the front lines for all of us. I am sending them a $ donation right quick. I have no sympathy for this company. This is UMWA country, one of the greatest unions ever. I would imagine the nurses are getting alot of community support from their own and other unions, but I would hope that nurses across the country would also reach out to them.

Come all of you good workers,

Good news to you I'll tell

Of how the good old union

Has come in here to dwell.

Which side are you on?

Which side are you on?

Florence Reece,1947

Check out AFL-CIO, SEIU, and UAN web sites for more news. Nurses are recieving support from UMWA, steelworkers, SEIU sent over $100thousnd. I guess those nurses have taken just about all they can stand and now it's time to take a stand.

linzz

Specializes in Geriatrics, Med-Surg..

In solidarity up here in Canada.

This all is music to my ears.

"We are, together, a roaring lion, claws and all."

Nelda Garn

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