Our veterans deserve the best care. That’s why nurses from Augusta’s Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center are standing up. VA nurses are worrying daily over ignored patient safety concerns including ongoing short-staffing and the lack of swift action by the leadership of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7) to take action. Meanwhile, VA Secretary Denis R. McDonough is holding our master contract hostage by demanding take-aways.
Veterans need consistency in their care, and nurses that stay in the job for the long-term are the best safeguard to provide ongoing quality care. Nurses need the leadership in charge of this region to address the chronic short-staffing and recruitment and retention problems by creating a more flexible scheduling system like those that have already been implemented in other VA facilities. This is already the standard at many other hospitals in the region because it helps retain nurses, and it needs to be in place now to prevent more experienced nurses from leaving.
Sign our petition to let VA Southeast Network Director Dr. David Walker and Secretary McDonough know you stand with VA nurses!