I urge everyone who has ever received loving care from the nurses at Good Shepherd to support your nurses now in their time of need.

The management of our local hospital has chosen to depart from  a tradition of collaboration with these caregivers that has served our community and the hospital well, both in terms of service provided to patients and financial benefit to the institution. Instead of mutual respect and cooperation, a punitive and degrading environment has been established in working conditions and negotiations that demeans and insults these professional men and women who have dedicated their lives to caring for patients.

It is emblematic of this reality that one hospital negotiator iterated that “we get nothing from them,” and that “nurses show up for work and get paid to breathe.”

I know that in my own experience, by far, the very best service I have received from Good Shepherd has come from nurses, and I know there are thousands of my Hermiston neighbors who would agree. Please join me in letting the management of our community hospital know that insults, punitive measures, and antagonism is no way to create “constant improvement in quality of care and service,” that is the purported goal of the the current president and CEO of Good Shepherd, Dennis Burke.

JOSEPH?V. BRUSBERG • Hermiston

 

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