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Nurses picket across area for patient safety, staffing concerns

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BLUEFIELD, W. Va (WVVA)-- Nurses at 7 hospitals across the country-- and in our area-- protested Tuesday to improve patient safety. 

Registered nurses with "National Nurses United" protested outside Bluefield Regional and Greenbrier Valley Medical Centers as part of their national day of action.

They're protesting their management, Community Health Systems, and what they say are unsafe conditions as they treat patients.

These protesters cited concerns about understaffing, which leads to high patient-to-nurse ratios, and what they say is out-of-date equipment used to treat patients.

"We've tried many, many times to talk to management, and it's always fallen on deaf ears. And they just won't listen to us. So we feel that the public needs to know that this is what's going on, and we are trying to fix it," said Brenda Meadwell, a registered nurse at BRMC.

Michael Adams agrees.  "They've cut their funding for staffing support personnel, which makes our job difficult. It makes it harder to provide safe, effective care," he said.

Bluefield Regional Medical Center released this statement to WVVA News:

"Bluefield Regional Medical Center is completely committed to providing high-quality health services for our community. We are proud of the many wonderful caregivers on our team and appreciate the professional and compassionate care they provide for their patients. Bluefield Regional schedules its staff according to the number and needs of the patients in our care.  Our hospital is focused on safe practices and providing excellent care for patients."
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