Over 200 registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. have reached a tentative contract agreement, which will ensure the recruitment and retention of the most experienced nurses, National Nurses United (NNU) announced Monday. “We are so proud that Providence nurses stood together to achieve this contract, which will enable Providence Hospital to recruit—and more importantly retain—highly skilled RNs, so that we can improve our staffing and provide excellent care to our community,” said Kelly Fields, RN. “It’s a big win for our patients.” Major contract highlights include no benefit takeaways, pay increases of up to 20 percent over the three years of the agreement, as well as a new wage scale and more time for nurses to discuss patient care issues. If ratified in voting Dec. 7-9, the three-year contract will run through December, 2020.
photo: NNU Providence bargaining team; photo by Stephen Frum