As a former employee of Good Shepherd Hospital for 14 years, and a member of AFSCME, I totally understand and empathize wth the nurses employed there. After reading the article in the Dec. 21 edition of the East Oregonian, I felt compelled to write this letter.

The statement made by a management spokesman, "Nurses show up and get paid to breathe. We get nothing from you," was never my observation of them during the time I worked there.

During my shift, I was in every department every day and saw the nurses working efficiently, and in the ER, often in very hectic, life-saving situations. I saw a level of dedication to patient care that is in direct opposition to "nothing."

That statement was completely false and condescending, disrespectful and demeaning. I would suggest that the person who made that statement be required to visit every department to see exactly what the nurses do.

I also find it very unprofessional that no one in management tried to retract that statement.

Pat Earle • Irrigon

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