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Steward Health vs. Nurses Union Fight an Ugly Harbinger

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, January 10, 2012

Steward went on to claim that Ramirez's "intentional change to a doctor's orders, falsification of a medical record, and attempted cover up, combined with the fact that she had been previously placed on probation for two years by the Board of Registration in Nursing for diverting patient medication for her personal use, were the reasons for her termination." Along with terminating her employment, Steward also reported her actions to the Board of Registration in Nursing.

The fight has gotten so ugly that the two sides can't even agree on a name. MNA/NNU refers to Steward Health Care Systems as Cerberus-Steward Health Care to draw attention to the private equity firm that has bought 10 Massachusetts hospitals in the last 18 months.  

The fight at Holy Family has become so toxic, and this is seven months after the union vote, that it is easy to forget that this is a hospital and not a tire factory or a rendering plant.

Probable Consequences
How will all of this play out? If it's anything like labor disputes at other hospitals, at some point the two sides will come to an agreement and some sense of normalcy will return to Holy Family. They'll issue media statements about working together to create a healing environment for the good of the community, let bygones be bygones, blah, blah, blah.

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pacunurse_1961 (1/10/2012 at 4:03 PM)
This is just one in many fights about to begin. The nursing staff everywhere is getting tired of being pushed around and being on the receiving end of cutbacks and blame. Nurses as a group need to stand together rather than continue to fight against one another and allow management to continue to create this chaos.