Hospitals and medical care centers are certainly a good place to go when you suffer an injury, but for the nurses who staff them, these establishments often pose serious health risks if company policies do not provide adequate support to the staff. This conflict was at the heart of a recent negotiation between a New Jersey medical center and a nurses’ union.
The heart of the conflict that motivated the nurses’ union to make demands to the employer focused on the nurses own well-being and their ability to provide proper care to patients. Among the grievances were not only some issues surrounding pay scale, but also an ongoing need for more nurses working on any given shift. Many health care providers only staff the minimum amount of required nurses at any one time, often overworking nurses and compromising the quality of care that they can provide.
Other complaints involved the health care provided the nurses, centering on the health insurance available through the workplace. Like many Americans throughout every part of the political and socioeconomic spectrum, the prohibitive cost of health care is a serious concern for nurses. Across the board, individuals in every field are looking for lower costs and greater options in their care, including health care providers.
If you believe that your employer is not fairly addressing your rights to medical care as an employee, you can consult with an experienced employment law attorney. You may have more options than you realize, and if no one is currently standing up to fight for fair treatment in your field, you may be the person to turn the tide and create greater quality of care for yourself and other employees like you.
Source: App.com, “Hackensack Meridian, nurses agree on new contract,” Aug. 01, 2017