The nurses issued the formal 10-day strike notice, which is required by federal labor law, as hospital management continues to refuse to agree to negotiate solutions for desperately needed improvements to ensure that patients do not continue to be at risk. Numerous studies over the last decade have shown a direct and immediate link between excess patient assignments for nurses and the serious complications, medical errors, and readmissions caused by a lack of access to timely nursing care. The one-day strike will begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday, April 11 and will end on Friday, April 12 at 6:00 a.m."Our members have had enough," said Ryan. "We have attempted to negotiate for months with management. We have presented written reports; we have told them we are worried that there are imminent risks of negative patient outcomes. They have refused to respond except to say that this is a financial decision. We feel that we have a duty to our patients, our practice and to each other to take action. We also consider it to be our duty to the future of this hospital that we love. I have been a nurse here for 45 years. I received my RN training here, and had my children here. This is our hospital and we want it to succeed. But when you find yourself to be in a hole, the first step is to stop digging. We are at the point where we have to say 'stop.'"
Federal Mediator Calls For Negotiations On Monday Between Quincy Medical Center Nurses And Cerberus-Steward Management Prior To April 11 Planned Strike
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