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More than 100 nurses to rally at HCA office in Tampa

Group of four nurses outside hospital hold signs "People Before Profit" and "Staff Up for Safe Patient Care"

RNs from HCA facilities across the U.S. will join to demand better from management ahead of 2024 contract negotiations

More than 100 registered nurses from HCA facilities across the country will hold a rally on Nov. 30 outside of HCA’s West Florida Division Office in Tampa, Fla., announced National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) today.

Nurses say their protest is intended to send a message to management about nurse unity and solidarity in the face of mismanagement at their hospitals across the country, and it comes ahead of a wave of union contract expirations next year. In 2024, NNOC/NNU nurses at several HCA facilities will begin bargaining new union contracts as their current agreements reach the end of their terms. Nurses say contract negotiations will be an opportunity to address the same issues they plan to raise at Thursday’s rally.

  • Who: RNs from HCA facilities nationwide
  • What: Nurse unity rally
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: HCA West Florida Division Office, 3031 N. Rocky Point Dr. W, Tampa, Fla.

“HCA is the largest hospital system in the United States, so the standards they set have impacts across healthcare in the U.S., which is why nurses are so disturbed by the way they handle their business,” said Marissa Lee, RN at HCA Florida Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla. “When you’re setting standards for the entire industry, you should be continually raising the bar, not digging yourself a deeper hole to bury it in.”

“When it comes to staffing, when it comes to recruitment and retention, when it comes to all these ridiculous technological schemes that only make it harder for nurses to provide high quality patient care, HCA is failing us and our patients,” said Cheryl Rodarmel, RN at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. “We’re so excited to stand alongside our union siblings from HCA hospitals nationwide to let management know we’re standing together through thick and through thin.”

NNOC/NNU represents more than 10,000 registered nurses at 20 HCA facilities in 17 cities across seven states, including Florida, Texas, California, Nevada, Missouri, Kansas, and North Carolina. For more information on which facilities, click here.

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.