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Kadlec RNs Rally in John Dam Plaza for Change in Contracts

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Nurses rallied from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nurses rallied from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

RICHLAND, WA- Kadlec registered nurses and their supporters rallied Monday afternoon at John Dam Plaza in Richland to propose changes to their contracts with Kadlec Hospital.

Kadlec nurses said they are in the 6th month of negotiating changes to their contracts.  They rallied because they want the public to know what is happening and how it could affect them.  The nurses want changes to staffing policies or enough nurses to cover all the needs of the hospital.

Kadlec hospital released this statement Monday, "We believe together with our nurses we can come to a successful resolution to this process. Our nurses are key members of our caregiver team and we look forward to coming to an agreement on a new contract."

The nurses said one of their main concerns is the quality of care they can provide for the patients.

"A potential patient could be directly affected by any of this nursing shortage because any RN that isn't getting the time to take a break or isn't getting time to eat a meal in their 12 hour shift, chances are, that patient isn't going to get them at their best," said Kelsi Duncan, RN in Kadlec's NICU.

The nurses hope by getting the word out to the public, they can raise more awareness about these issues their facing. 

Wednesday will be the next day of negotiations for Kadlec and the RNs.