Asheville nurses to hold action for patient safety
RNs at Mission Hospital to protest unsafe staffing and working conditions
Registered nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., will hold a socially distanced public action on Thursday, September 2 to highlight their patient safety concerns, including short staffing and a lack of compliance with OSHA’s recent Covid-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for workplace safety, announced National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) today.
Some examples of the lack of compliance with the OSHA ETS include scheduling symptomatic, Covid-positive RNs to return to work; inadequate PPE; and lack of screening of patients, staff, and visitors.
“RNs have voiced our concerns about patient safety and unsafe working conditions to hospital administration for months, including last week, when a group of RNs presented our recommendations for improved standards, which Mission administration has ignored,” said Hannah Drummond, RN in the emergency department. “We have a duty to the Asheville community to provide optimal care, and we will continue our advocacy until Mission is a safe place for our patients.”
- Who: RNs at Mission Hospital
- What: Action for Patient Safety
- When: Thursday, September 2, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
- Where: Mission Hospital at the corner of Biltmore Ave. and Hospital Dr.
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NNOC/NNU represents more than 1,700 registered nurses at Mission Hospital.