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Nurses picket Sanford FL hospital over staffing issues

By Orlando Sentinel  
   August 08, 2011

A nurses union is accusing Central Florida Regional Hospital of understaffing and jeopardizing patients' health. More than 50 registered nurses, members of the National Nurses United and the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, picketed outside the hospital on Friday. They held signs reading, "Central Nurses say Safe Staffing Now," and "Patients are our only priority." Nurses complain that hospital officials assign them to short-staffed units, such as cardiology, for which they're not trained. "One specialty does not translate to another," said Carl Ginsburg, spokesman for the National Nurses United. "A delay in addressing the staffing needs puts the patients in jeopardy." The hospital would not directly respond to the nurses' claims, but issued a statement: "The hospital has been bargaining in good faith with NNOC-FL since April of this year over a nurses contract. As bargaining moves ahead, we will continue to provide uninterrupted, high-quality healthcare to our patients and the community we serve."

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