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Mission Hospital nurses to hold a rally for patient safety and to protest unsafe staffing

Two nurses outside MIssion Hospital holding signs: "Staff up! for safe care. End crisis care now." and "Honk for safe staffing."

RNs at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. to protest chronic short staffing and workplace violence

Registered nurses at Mission Hospital, in Asheville, N.C., will hold a rally on Dec. 13, to highlight their patient safety concerns, including short staffing and workplace violence, announced National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) today.

“Nurses are demanding that Mission Hospital address chronic and widespread short staffing,” said Hannah Drummond, RN in the emergency department. “Short staffing is causing our patients to sit in hallway beds for days, causing significant delays in care and putting our patients at risk. HCA profits continue to skyrocket while our patients do not get the care they deserve.”

  • Who:    RNs at Mission Hospital
  • What:   Rally for Patient Safety and Safe Staffing
  • When:  Tuesday, Dec. 13, 8:00 a.m.
  • Where: Mission Hospital, 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 on the corner of Hospital Drive and Biltmore Ave.

“As our nurses continue to work short-staffed, we are hearing more and more instances of workplace violence from our coworkers,” said Susan Fischer, RN in the medical telemetry unit. “HCA must safely staff our hospital and protect our patients and health care workers.”

CNA/NNOC/NNU represents nearly 1,500 registered nurses at Mission Hospital.

National Nurses Organizing Committee is an affiliate of National Nurses United, the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States with nearly 225,000 members nationwide.