Nurses at VT’s Largest Hospital Dislike Offer

Jun 14, 2012

Unionized nurses at Vermont's largest hospital say they don't like Fletcher Allen Health Care's latest contract offer.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The main dispute between the nurses at the Burlington hospital and the administration is over staffing levels and shift schedules.

The hospital wants to save money by having nurses work flexible schedules, but the nurses say the hospital's proposals will lead to inadequate staffing and unsafe conditions for patients.

Hospital spokesman Mike Noble says officials are asking people to work smarter, not necessarily harder, so we can have a more efficient and effective health care system.

But Mari Cordes of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals tells WCAX-TV that could lead to full-time nurses having to come in after they've already worked a significant number of hours.

Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.

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