Quincy nurses allege unsafe hospital conditions ahead of strike

Nurses at Quincy Medical Center are claiming a cut in RN staffing is dangerous for patients. PHOTO CREDIT: http://steward.org
Nurses at Quincy Medical Center are claiming a cut in RN staffing is dangerous for patients. Credit: http://steward.org

Frontline nurses at Quincy Medical Center will meet Tuesday morning to voice their concerns over what they consider to be a growing patient safety crisis at the hospital.

A panel comprised of community, faith and health care leaders intends to investigate the alleged safety concerns from hospital staff and patients at the center, according to organizers.

Since 2012, registered nurses have expressed concerns to Quincy Medical Center management in regard to declining staffing levels, which they consider to be unsafe for patients. According to organizers, the situation has intensified since Feb. 17, when the center shut down a 40-bed nursing unit, and laid off 30 nurses.

On March 19, members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and National Nurses United, the union that represents the center’s registered nurses, voted in favor of a one-day strike, which is set to start at 6 a.m. Thursday.

“We are presenting urgent concerns out of a sense of duty to defend our patients and this institution,” said retired Quincy Medical Center registered nurse Sandy Eaton. “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 and the same.”

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