Press Release

Nurses to Hold Vigil for Patient Safety and a Fair Contract at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital

Maine Nurses

Registered nurses and hospital technicians at Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth, Maine will hold a vigil on Oct. 29, to fight for patient safety and a fair contract, announced the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) today.

“We are fighting to protect our patients,” said Joan Torrey, RN. “We need safe staffing in our emergency department and 24-hour security personnel to protect patients and staff. We are standing up for our patients in our contract negotiations because our community deserves the best care.”

What: Vigil for Patient Safety and a Fair Contract
When: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m.
Where: S.K Whiting Park, 216 Main St., Ellsworth, Maine

“We medical technicians are also concerned about safe staffing in cardio pulmonary, the lab, imaging, and surgical services,” says Dave Evans, a medical technician. “We are fighting for safe patient care.”

MSNA represents nurses and technicians at Maine Coast Hospital. The RNs have been in contract negotiations since May. The technicians have been in first-contract negotiations since November 2017.

Contact Jennifer Nappi 207-401-8792 to arrange interviews with nurses and technicians.

The Maine State Nurses Association is affiliated nationally with California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United.