Mee Memorial nurses hold informational picket about staff retention

King City, Calif.-based Mee Memorial Hospital nurses called for management to address recruitment and retention issues during an informational picket May 22, according to a King City Rustler report.

Here are four things to know.

1. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which represents the nurses, said MMH's "high turnover rate, poor recruitment and retention puts patients at risk."

2. Barbara Martinez, an RN in MMH's emergency department, said, "We cannot sustain quality care with the levels of staff turnover and the vacancies we are experiencing."

3. Susan Childers, CEO of MMH, said the facility is working on negotiating a contract renewal with its roughly 62 nurses, according to the report.

4. Ms. Childers told King City Rustler, "Providing safe, quality and compassionate care to our patients is our first priority, and we also need to ensure that the financial viability of Mee Memorial is preserved for now and the future. Our goal has been and remains to bring our nurses to a wage that is competitive with area hospitals, so that we are able to recruit nurses to join our workforce and to retain the nurses that we have. We value our nurses and are actively seeking mutual agreement on the contract renewal." 

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