Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Nurses Protest on Day 2 of the Strike – CBS Pittsburgh

By: Shelley Bortz / KDKA-TV

KITTANNING, Pa. (KDKA) – A two-day strike by hundreds of nurses forced the closure of operating rooms at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital.

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After months of negotiations, about 220 nurses quit at 7 a.m. Sunday.

Sandra Harrison said: “They canceled all of their surgeries because all the nurses OR were here supporting us.

Harrison, along with dozens of trash pickers, poured into the street in front of the hospital for the second day of Monday’s strike. Harrison, who has worked at ACMH for 39 years, says she’s had enough.

During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, medical workers were praised for risking their lives to save others. Now, they feel “burnt out by short staffing” and “underappreciated.”

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“We don’t want to be out here. We want to be there to take care of our patients, to take care of our community because it’s at our heart,” Harrison said.

The operating rooms are now closed at ACMH and these patients are being transferred to other hospitals. The departments that remain open are being staffed by a temporary nursing agency.

Nurse anesthesiologist Christen Rearick said, “We couldn’t pour from an empty cup anymore. We don’t have enough staff to take a break while we’re here for 12-, 14-, 16-, 24-, personally I’ve been working multiple 32 hour shifts at the same time because we’re short on staff too serious. ”

The team of nurses received a lot of support, including from Lieutenant Colonel John Fetterman. He told KDKA-TV that frontline heroes absolutely deserve more.

“They can’t be praised enough and they deserve it for what they’ve done through the pandemic,” Fetterman said. “And now is our chance and the administrators’ chance to say thank you for your sacrifice, for putting your and your family’s health in jeopardy, and to make sure we respond. adequate staffing level.”

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Representative Connor Lamb also sent nurses a special video message in support of the strike. He said leaders in Washington, DC are working hard for them and fighting for safer staffing. Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Nurses Protest on Day 2 of the Strike – CBS Pittsburgh


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