Nurses from St. Charles Bend have voted to authorize an informational picket of the hospital later this month if on-going mediation efforts are not successful. Local nurses have been working without a contract for over seven months due to disagreements with St. Charles over patient care and a “chronic” staffing problem.
Three nurses from St. Charles Bend filed lawsuits against the hospital, alleging that hospital staff were intimidating and unfairly disciplining nurses. The three nurses allege that they have been unfairly targeted after raising questions about nurse staff and patient safety issues. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.
A federal mediator has now joined contract negotiations between St. Charles Bend and the hospital’s nurses, who have been working without a contract since July.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story.
Officials Increase Security After Threat From ER Patient
There was an increase of security patrols at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend on Thursday due to a threat made about a month ago by a patient in the ER. St. Charles safety department and police interviewed the man who made the threat for March 8th. They did not believe the person posed any risks, but he does have a 60-day no trespass order.
However, with security and hospital staff on high alert, a staff member did report a suspicious package at a bus stop outside of the hospital. The box was checked out by security staff and turned out to be a thermometer for concrete that was being poured as part of an ongoing construction project.
There was also a small dumpster fire reported at the hospital on Thursday, but according to St. Charles staff, that was put out within about ten minutes. Bend Fire happened to be at the hospital for unrelated reasons, which allowed to respond within minutes.