Hospital’s dispute with nurses bound to make patients nervous

11/13/2013 5:41 PM

11/13/2013 5:41 PM

University of Kansas Hospital administrators need to do whatever it takes to settle the dispute with nurses.

Nurses make up the working core of any hospital staff. They are the ones patients primarily depend on for the best possible health care.

Anyone who has ever had blood drawn, an IV started or needed to be checked on constantly to make sure they’re not slipping into the hands of the Grim Reaper, wants his or her nurse to be having a good, enjoyable day before getting stuck with a needle or checked with other devices. It makes the oftentimes difficult experience of being hospitalized a little less anxious.

But the nurses at KU Hospital were not having the best day Tuesday. They picketed the hospital in connection with rejecting a contract offer that would have cut wages for some, The Kansas City Star reports.

Union leaders said the pay cuts would be unfair at a time when the hospital’s patient revenue “has grown by leaps and bounds, and its financial outlook is strong.”

An administrator said the hospital is trying to be more efficient and “take costs out of the system” in an “even-handed way across the organization” without cutting staff.

Try getting patients to believe that side of things when they literally are putting their lives in the hands of nurses.


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