Staff shortage at St. John prompts nurse union letter, hospital says high volume of patients causing strain

Published by THE DAILY NEWS (LONGVIEW) on 7/25/21 (Source)

Current staffing levels at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center are “woefully insufficient” and creating unsafe work conditions, a letter from the Washington State Nurses Association to the hospital alleges. The hospital said “unprecedented patient volumes” are straining resources throughout the region.

“Our nurses at PeaceHealth St. John are tired and are quickly burning out,” the letter said, as staffing levels are causing nurses to miss meal and rest breaks and take on high patient loads.