Kadlec and Sacred Heart hospital nurses have our backs. They’d do anything to save more lives and heal more people. Now our nurses are fighting to keep themselves, and their Tri-Cities and Spokane patients safe at Providence Kadlec and Sacred Heart.
Providence is refusing their own nurses’ common-sense proposals which will ensure safe staffing 24/7 and improve patient and nurse safety. We won’t allow Providence to put profits over nurse and patient safety.
If Providence execs refuse to commit to safe staffing levels or tell nurses to give up even more of their rest time, they will put patients’ safety at risk. When nurses have to work through entire shifts with no breaks, or can’t take time off to rest and recharge, it’s not just bad for them, it’s bad for patient health and safety. Nurse fatigue can lead to mistakes, putting patients at risk of serious harm.
Now Providence nurses are saying no way — they won’t agree to changes that put patient safety at risk in the name of cutting costs. They know Providence recently gave its executives huge raises – a Sacred Heart executive got a 47% raise, and a Kadlec executive got a 62% raise, over 3 years. These hospital execs are now taking away more than $800,000/year in compensation.*
Patients and their families come to Kadlec and Sacred Heart for the high quality of nursing care. We will all be impacted as a community if we allow Providence to put executive pay and profits over the health and safety of our nurses.