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Re: “VA nurses picket over working conditions

what many people do not know is this is just more than a staffing issue. Nurses have been fighting the last 2 years to get more hired on but the VA did not want to hire more nurses because they wanted to save the money. Within the last year this shortage has lead to actual deaths of the veterans. The issue is not just nurses either it is pharmacist, EMS (cleaning), nursing assistants, and even doctors. Nurses are asked more and more to do more outside standard practice because they do not want to hire more people. Veterans are getting ignored more and more and not getting the best treatment because people do not want to come to work on weekends or nights. All this because the leadership allows this to happen at this VA (not all VA's are equal); now we learn this year that the nurses how have not received a raise in more than 5-8 years get only a 6% raise while other hospitals in the area offered 15-20%. Now to make matters worse the executives got a 12-18% being one of the highest paid executives in the US. Now this is just a few of the Little Rock VA's problems not even considering the national VA problem of taking 3-6 months just for the hiring process of a nurse or doctor.

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Posted by VA Bill on 06/26/2017 at 5:02 PM


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