BOSTON, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Front-line nurses with the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston (VNAB) plan to protest contract changes proposed by VNAB that nurses believe would negatively impact patient care. The nurses, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), will leaflet the public and guests of an annual fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 12.
What: 11 th Annual Heroes in Health Care Gala, hosted by the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston, also marking 130 years of the VNAB serving Boston-area residents When: Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. (nurse leafletting to happen between 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.) Where: Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston MA. During ongoing contract negotiations, the VNAB has proposed severe restrictions on how visiting nurses are able to manage patient care. These changes would result in patients having significantly less time with nurses and jeopardize safe patient care. Nurses have responded with contract language that would ensure nurses can provide a safe level of care, but the VNAB has refused to budge from its harmful proposal. "Nurses are, in many cases, already struggling to find adequate time to care for our existing patients because of our unrealistic caseloads, and now the association wants to make it even more difficult to provide safe and effective patient care," said Fran Kenney, Chair of the MNA VNAB Bargaining Committee. "By severely cutting down on how long nurses are given for tasks like admissions and re-visits, the association would jeopardize the care of vulnerable patients that visiting nurses serve throughout the Greater Boston area." The VNAB also wants to slash nurses' retirement benefits, cutting a nine percent pension contribution to three percent. This would cost most nurses between $3,000 and $7,000 every year for the rest of their careers at VNAB. "Management's proposals are unsustainable for patients and nurses," Kenney said. "Our 130-year tradition of excellence in patient care is under attack and nurses will not stand for it."