YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A nurse's union claims that the way Northside Medical Center staffs it's nurses could jeopardize patient care.
The Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association president claims that hospital owner, Community Health Systems is considering what he calls "nurse rationing." This is where nurses would be sent home if there are fewer patients than expected.
The nurses could then be called back in if new patients are suddenly admitted.
"It's problematic to get the nurse back in," said the Union's President Eric Williams. "You know patience have needs and when they need those needs, they are severe and they are urgent."
The nurse's union is proposing alternatives such as "cross training," where nurses would be assigned other duties in the hospital instead of being sent home.
Valley Health Care issued a statement describing the ONA's allegations as a tactic to divert attention from the collective bargaining process.