Nurse association ends partnership with 4 school districts

The Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut is ending its school nurse contract with four schools, reported Jane. 31.

The association's contract with Waterford, Groton, New London and East Lyme counties will end in June. It is changing its concentration to its home health care program.

"Any decision to change a service that has been provided to the community and involves employees is extremely difficult," a spokesperson for Yale New Haven Health's Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, which owns the association, told the news outlet. "We made the announcement five months prior to the contract ending to allow our HR staff to support each employee in finding new positions within our health system or elsewhere."

State Sen. Martha Marx, president of AFT Local 5119, the employee union at the VNA, said school nurses will lose their negotiated pay rate and pension plans once the contract is over.

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