Low level of nurse staffing at Providence threat to patients

After going to Everett City Council less than one year ago to raise awareness on the unsafe staffing in the emergency room of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, I did not think that the staffing could get any worse. Yet, new lines are being crossed week after week and the risk to anyone who comes to our hospital seeking care is greater than ever.

This time last year, nurses were asking our elected leaders to intervene. This year, we are bargaining for a new contract with staffing our No. 1 priority. Our contract is not limited to only impacting nurses with the goal of better work conditions and better wages, it goes beyond that and means a better hospital for those in our community who seek medical care. Our contract is your contract.

On Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at the Everett Labor Temple, nurses from PRMCE will be hosting a town hall meeting to talk with you, the community we care for. Our hospital leaders have been ignoring the alarms that nurses have been ringing for the past year regarding the critically low staffing and the risks patients are being exposed to, unbeknownst to them. Unaware that the poor care they are receiving is below the standard of care nurses are trained to provide. Unaware that Providence could take action to improve the staffing crisis but instead is prioritizing its profits.

Please join us Aug. 16 at the Everett Labor Temple. We will be sharing with you how you can join us in fighting for better staffing and better care at Providence Everett.

Kelli Johnson, R.N.

Everett

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