Frontline Nurses Will Present Testimony Regarding Unsafe Staffing Conditions that are Jeopardizing Patient Safety
As Strike Vote Looms on April 11
April 8, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On
Tuesday, April 9
, a board of community, faith, and health care leaders will gather to investigate alleged safety concerns from hospital staff and patients at the Quincy Medical Center.
Since 2012, Registered Nurses have expressed concerns to Cerberus/Steward-Quincy Medical Center (QMC) management in regard to declining RN staffing levels, which they consider to be unsafe. The situation has intensified since
, when QMC decided to shut down a 40-bed nursing unit and lay off 30 nurses. On
, members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United the union that represents QMC registered nurses, voted in favor of a one-day strike, which is set to begin at
"We are presenting urgent concerns out of a sense of duty to defend our patients and this institution. This is our hospital, and speaking out for the quality of patient care and defending the hospital from harm so that it can thrive for decades into the future are, in our view, one in the same," said retired QMC RN,
For more information on the QMC patient safety crisis, visit:
When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Time: 9 a.m.
Where: Quincy Community United Methodist Church, 40 Beale St., Wollaston, MA
Who: Frontline nurses from Steward-Quincy Medical Center will share their concerns about a growing patient safety crisis at the hospital with a panel of community and civic leaders, including
, Interim Minister of First United Parish in
Patricia Downs Berger
, MD, a retired primary care physician;
, Director of Organizing with Healthcare-Now, a national health care advocacy organization; and
of Jobs With Justice, a
resident and advocate for immigrants rights for the Chinese and Vietnamese communities.
SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United