Nurse Union Vote
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Nurses employed by Penn Highlands DuBois started voting Thursday to form a union. More than 370 nurses are eligible to vote to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP). PASNPA was formed by registered nurses in 2000. Staff RN Jeanne Askey said the nurses have tried voicing their concerns to the hospital over the past several years, but have been ignored. "We need to form this union to have our voices heard because for many years, we have been promised changes, promised we would be listened to and promised help in our situation. All of those promises have been broken Through the years" Askey said their concerns include a high resignation rate. She claimed the hospital has a hard time retaining nurses. Another concern is patient safety. "There have been many times when we do not have enough staff, not saying that our care wasn't good, but more staff would have been better" Officials with Penn Highlands DuBois said they have provided top quality care to patients. "Penn Highlands DuBois was recently listed as one of the 100 Great Community Hospitals by Beckers Review for the second year in a row, and it also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award Honor Roll Elite. These awards would not be possible without teamwork on many levels including nurses, physicians, administration and many others in areas throughout the hospital" Hospital officials also added they do not believe a union from Philadelphia can work better with them, than they can work directly with their nurses. Voting continues on Friday with the final results being revealed when it closes at 9 p.m.