WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A decision by Trumbull Memorial Hospital administration to use registered nurses to provide most patient care could lead to jobs being cut, according to statements obtained by WKBN from the hospital and a nurse’s union Friday.
A press release from the Service Employees International Union, which represents nurses at the hospital, said a current proposal by Community Health System executives would eliminate 47 licensed practical nurse positions.
“Our community deserves qualified, experienced bedside caregivers with the right education and skills,” said Ruth Herner-Farley, a licensed practical nurse at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. “LPNs are highly qualified, cost-effective members of the nursing team and eliminating this vital piece of the our care team would have a major impact on the quality of care our patients receive at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.”
A statement relayed by Trumbull Memorial Hospital Spokesperson Trish Hrina said that the hospital started discussions about changing their staffing model with the union on May 7.
According to the statement, the new model uses registered nurses to provide most patient care.
“We value each of our employees and have offered to work with the union to help transition our licensed practical nurses who will be impacted by this change. Trumbull Memorial Hospital is committed to providing patients with the highest quality, personalized care,” the statement ended.
Hrina said that no positions have been eliminated as of yet.