(Las Vegas, KXNT)-Resident nurses practicing at St. Rose Hospital campuses are outraged after learning their positions are being eliminated.

Twenty-two nurses have been notified that their positions will be gone within 30 days, but these nurses are crying foul.  They have scheduled a picket outside of the St Rose Siena Campus on Tuesday to show their opposition.  According to the National Nursing Organizing Committee, the most immediate cuts target case managers and what is known as a “float pool.”  Resident nurse Elizabeth Bickel says these “float pool nurses” are their most flexible nurses.

“These are the nurses that have the competence and experience to work in any unit in the hospital so these nurses are critical to us, ” explains Bickel. “Many of these nurses have been extremely loyal to St. Rose and have worked here for years.”

Meanwhile, NNOC-Nevada claims the hospitals are actively recruiting new RN hires for positions that come without health benefits.  The union claims this is one of the hospital’s goals…to erode or eliminate health coverage for many residents nurses.

“They are hiring traveling nurses…nurses that come in from out of town typically for 8-13 week contracts, have no ties to the community and do not get paid health insurance,” stated Bickel.  “The rates that these nurses get paid is far greater than what our local nurses are getting paid.”

Dignity Health, which oversees the St. Rose Hospital system, released the following statement:

“Dignity Health is reorganizing some of its nursing positions at its three St. Rose Dominican campuses.  As a part of this process, fewer than two dozen nurses represented by the California Nurses Association have received notice that their current positions are being eliminated. Hospital management is meeting with each nurse to identify other available nursing opportunities at the three southern Nevada campuses.”

No word yet on the exact date these positions will be eliminated.

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