YOUNGSTOWN - The union representing nurses at Northside Medical Center, working about a year without a contract, held what the organization termed a "town hall meeting" Monday to discuss patient care.
The Ohio Nurses Association argues that a new hospital addition announced in recent weeks will benefit the community only if hospital ownership backs off on staffing issues they say will hurt patient care. They were referring to a planned $20 million addition.
At issue in contract talks is a hospital plan in which nurses could be told not to come in or sent home on short notice when patient numbers dip. Nurses could be called back if patient count rises.
The hospital has called the plan "standard practice across the hospital industry" and points out four other local bargaining units in the hospital system have ratified labor agreements in the past year with similar terms.