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FAIRLEA, W. Va (WVVA)-- Nurses across Southern West Virginia protested Tuesday night over patient care.

The protests started at 6 PM, and involved nursing staff from several hospitals around the country owned by parent company "Community Health Systems."

Bluefield Regional and Greenbrier Valley Medical Centers, are both owned by CHS.

Representatives with National Nurses United told WVVA on Tuesday that CHS budget cuts are causing staff cutbacks, which can at times overload nurses and potentially impact patient safety while staff is spread thinly.

They say they are picketing to stand up for their patients and their rights to bring these problems up to CHS management.

"When we get strained, things get delayed. Things go slower, and patients get upset," said Karen Galuszeki, a registered nurse. "Patients recognize these problems. And we are here to say, we recognize those problems too."

The nurses say they want CHS to hear them out and begin a conversation with the union to fix patient-to-nurse ratios.

Our request for comment from the company was not immediately returned.

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