Website spotlight: Nurses protest 'appreciation gala' amidst threat of layoffs

Nurse Leader Insider, September 27, 2010

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 21th, 2010

Last week, nurses from a Massachusetts health system were supposed to be gathered at a glittering gala, being feted by the organization and recognizing some special nurses who were nominated for awards by their peers.

Instead, the gala was cancelled the week before after nurses at UMass Memorial Health Care system’s UMass Memorial, Hahnemann, Home Health and Hospice, and UMass University Medical Center campuses protested and threatened to picket the event.

Why would nurses want to cancel an event honoring them? Because they are up in arms over what they feel is disrespect from hospital administrators and to protest their concern for patient safety.

UMass Memorial recently announced plans to close a 28-bed med-surg floor, potentially laying off 27 RNs and assorted support staff, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association. The MNA says the decision comes despite the recent need for the hospital to declare a “bed emergency”—entailing enforced overtime for nurses and support staff—due to lack of beds for patients and the necessity of staff to care for them.

Editor's note: To read the rest of this free article visit Nurses protest ‘appreciation gala’ amidst threat of layoffs found in the Reading Room at

Do you need continuing education (CE) credits? Check out this month’s CE article about universal gloving being a viable alternative for contact precautions or visit our archives and view a compilation of CE articles (marked with an asterisk).

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

Most Popular