TUCSON – A nationwide informational picket was held Tuesday in front of numerous hospitals.
Here in Tucson, there were two one this morning at St. Joseph’s Hospital, this afternoon at St. Mary’s. Both are part of the Carondolet Health Network.
Picketing were registered nurses who are members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee affiliated with National Nurses United.
Nationwide, there are 150,000 members. They were bringing awareness to patient care.
Fawn Slade spent her day off in front of St. Joseph’s Hospital where she works as an orthopedic nurse. She has been there nearly a decade.
She said becoming a nurse is like a calling. She said it is her responsibility to care for those around her.
She added the care at the hospital is good, but they want it to be better. They believe if the hospital would invest more in the nursing staff and retaining and recruiting experienced nurses that optimum care could be provided.
Justine Rykus is also a registered nurse. She said according to well-established research there is a clear link between R.N. staffing and good patient outcome.
Gayle Macarle May had just been at St. Mary’s hospital’s infusion center for a shot. She gets them every two weeks. She said today there were six patients and another one is the waiting room. There was only one nurse. She said the nurses are worked to death and they don’t have the help they need.
Angela Macarle May say it was a dangerous situation. She added you never leave your nurses alone without backup.
Both women are retired nurses from New York.
News 4 Tucson contacted Carondolet Health Network and they sent the following statement:
The National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), the labor union that represents our nursing staff, is holding an informational leafletting/picketing event today outside St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s hospitals.
The hospitals are fully operational and our staff’s focus, as always, is on providing exceptional quality patient care.
We are disappointed that the union is taking this approach as it is not constructive or necessary. We have made good progress toward a new contract with the union and will continue to negotiate in good faith in hopes of reaching a successful resolution, without the need to disrupt our patients or staff in their mission.
Carondelet Health Network