NEW MILFORD -- Registered nurse Joanne Chapin is afraid New Milford Hospital administration's cost-cutting decision to lay off 22 employees and reduce hours for four others will not only hurt those losing jobs but the hospital's reputation as a good place to work.
After negotiations with administrators, the nurses' union president said Wednesday it appears one full-time operating room nurse and a part-time blood collection nurse will lose their jobs, six will be forced to take reduced hours and at least two will have to switch from day to midnight shifts. In total, the hospital administration is reducing the nursing staff by 122 hours in endoscopy, one-day surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, the operating room, clinical resource management and the autologous blood department.
"In the nursing community, this really hurts our reputation, and that's something we are going to have to work to overcome,'' said Chapin, a 15-year veteran who represents the hospital's 175 full- and part-time nursing staff. Skilled nurses are in demand, and this layoff could adversely affect future recruitment, she said.
The hospital administration disagrees. Administration officials said this week they are still seeking staff for select positions, and regularly accept applications from experienced nurses and other personnel. Five clerical and secretarial staff who are losing jobs will have an opportunity to be moved into vacancies in other departments, officials said.
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[Danbury News Times,CT]