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Local nurses advocate for improving patient care

Local nurses advocate for improving patient care

WILKES-BARRE (WOLF) -- Registered nurses at four area hospitals held a press conference today to advocate improving patient care through their union contracts.

Nurses from First Hospital, Moses Taylor, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and Wilkes-Barre General represented by SEIU Healthcare PA and PASNAP are speaking out.

They say nurses are being stretched too thin and it makes it difficult to provide the care patients deserve.

Now, 2,000 nurses from those hospitals are negotiating new union contracts.

That they hope will address staffing concerns, patient care and safety, skills training, and recruitment and retention.

“What we’re asking for is pretty much to be listened to. We kind of want to be respected more. We feel like we’re kind of being disregarded as a profession and we’re kind of a dime a dozen, is basically what these companies make us feel like. We are asking for safer staffing levels, no floating to units that we’re not experienced on. Its very dangerous for the patients, its dangerous for the nurses,” Catherine Cooney, a RN at Moses Taylor Hospital, said.

Reps from SEIU say they plan to have more events to advocate for nurses and patient care in the new year.

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