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UPDATE | ValleyCare Northside Medical Center locks out some nurses today

Published: Wed, September 25, 2013 @ 10:10 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — ValleyCare Northside Medical Center locked out some of their registered nurses today who engaged in a one-day strike against the hospital Tuesday while others went back to work at 7 a.m.

Those locked out include nurses who were scheduled to work day turn Tuesday but participated in the strike instead.

Nurses who were not scheduled to work during the strike returned to their jobs, said Eric Williams, president of the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, which represents more than 400 RNs at the hospital.

Hospital officials said the replacement nurses were engaged for a 72-hour period to temporarily fill positions left vacant by nurses scheduled to work during the period of the strike who did not report for duty.

All hospital operations remain open, according to a hospital statement.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 1 year ago

PAPA, the definition of income equality is referred to as socialism. While that may seem like your cup of tea, isn't exactly an effective means of business administration as the extinction of unions is proving. It does work great in Sweden, population 9,555,893. Work wherever you want. Enjoy your beautiful fall day

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2Dagwood(111 comments)posted 1 year ago

Sadly nurses do not have the leverage they once did 10 years ago. There are way too many nursing mills throughout Ohio pumping out nurses left and right. They have flooded the market therefore lowering the value. Unless you're a highly skilled/high specialty RN you will continue to be replaced by less experienced, minimally qualified, cheaper talent.

The ACA/Obamacare will cheapen the market further. Hospitals will be forced to cut costs, jobs and hours. More temp staff will be utilized. Let me repeat that more temp staff will be utilized. Temps will be used to supplement the remainder of a 29 hour work week. They will be used so insurance will not have to be provided and paid for. No employer penalty for 2014, but that gives employers a full year to restructure and plan for 2015. That plan, to pay as little of the penalty as possible. That CEO who makes 23 mill a year, he's still gonna make his money regardless of strikes, Obama, or the use of temps. The ACA will hit the middle class the hardest, and that means the nurses out there striking.

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3smallbiz(3 comments)posted 1 year ago

Nurses START out making over $2.00 more per hour than medical residents, also known as Doctors. That is if the residents only work 40 hours per week, their average hourly wage decreases as they work more! You don't see them complaining about a raise, especially after working 60 hours that week and being up for 36 hours straight.

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4Bearcat411(10 comments)posted 1 year ago

Smallbiz......HMMMMMMMM have you worked side by side with a 1st yr resident..If not well you better become an RN to understand what they have to deal with..They the Residents also don't have to pay for Housing-Food_Clothing in alot of facilities..By the time they reach their 3rd yr they make close to 50K+..Where else can you make a decent income while learning.We all understand the loans one might have to pay but still I have known residents who moonlight who make over a 100k in their senior 4-5th yr so don't go there unless you have been there.

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5walter_sobchak(1915 comments)posted 1 year ago

Do you think learning ends when a person is hired to do a job. The profession of "MD's" has been set up so that physicians can learn while they treat patients under the supervision of senior staff. This is done in countless professions where people are paid to learn. My son gets paid a stipend to do bio-med research at OSU while he works toward a PhD. For the most part, however, residents are worked like dogs and earn every penny they make.

At Northside Hosp., the patient census has been very low recently. I have heard that some senior nurses took a "low census" day Tuesday so they were excused from their normal schedule. I would be interested to know if Eric Williams or other union "officials" did this and don't now have to suffer the consequences of being on strike. He is a weasel so it wouldn't surprise me if he did.

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6rnmanjjj(1 comment)posted 1 year ago

these nurses do not even pay health insurance. they are also among the highest paid nurses in the sate of ohio. they are full of crap. nursing now days is an easy way to make money with the least time invested in education, and they think they control healthcare. on top of that, you can walk up the hallways in any hospital and you will find at least a dozen nurses just sitting there and browsing the internet in the middle of the JOB. I hope they get fired. GO CHS!

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7HOFcity(14 comments)posted 1 year ago

@mmanjjj, not all nurses get "free" health insurance, they are not full of "crap". Nursing is not an easy way to make money, they do not think they control health care. I would like to know what hospital you walked the halls and found at least a "dozen" nurses sitting and browsing the internet in the middle of their JOB. BTW, Nursing is not a JOB...it is a profession! Have you been to North ER lately? I suggest that before you say they should "get fired", go and see how poor the staffing is for mostly critical patients. I retired from North Side and believe me when I say that on any given day, our floor was staffed with 2 RN's 2 LPN;s and maybe 1 NA, if she didn't get pulled. So, don't be so quick to give an untrue opinion.

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8smallbiz(3 comments)posted 1 year ago

Word on the street is Eric Williams did indeed use a personal day the day of the strike. If I was a striking nurse I would be furious that the President of Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association, who helped orchestrate the strike, happened to have paid time off during the strike! And he was probably not even locked out if he didn't miss a scheduled day of work!

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9candystriper(575 comments)posted 1 year ago

Dagwood has it right. Schools have also pumped out plenty of unemployed Nurse Practitioners in the last decade. If 80% of the patient diagnosis is made on the story the patient gives we just design a app and replace the staff asking the questions.

Remember 1/3 of medicine is fraud...even surgeons are under quotas.

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10Silence_Dogood(1348 comments)posted 1 year ago

People can always go to the Cafaro Hospital, right?

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11lumper(281 comments)posted 1 year ago

all jobs are on the job training in reality, but you would rather have an experienced nurse around than some new "cheaper " grad who can't recognize a crisis, but first has to realize that she has to call someone , relay data, have them tell her it's a crisis and then intervene. good luck. by the way, ever had an inexperienced person draw your blood or start your iv ?

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