Washington Hospital representative Pak said that if the nurses do strike, the hospital is prepared. "We have a full contingency plan in place and will take all necessary steps, including bringing in qualified replacement nurses...These veteran nurses have worked at major medical centers across the country similar to our institution, and will work side by side with the hospital?s nurse leaders to ensure the highest level of patient care." Washington Hospital is the largest non-profit hospital in the Washington, D.C. area.
The dismissals took place under a management team that has changed, and Frum says the labor group hopes the hospital's new leadership will reconsider its disciplinary decisions.
Washington Hospital Center in recent weeks has replaced its President, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and its Chief Nursing Officer. The hospital now has its fourth president in fifteen months, the labor organization said in its statement.
Nurses United is demanding that the nurses who were terminated be brought back with back pay, that discipline be rescinded, and that management ensure that these violations do not occur again.
Altogether, the hospital dismissed 21 employees—18 nurses and six other personnel, minus the nine nurses who were rehired.