National Nurses United has filed another charge against Johns Hopkins Hospital, saying the hospital retaliated against a nurse after she led a delegation of African American nurses to meet with management. In January, the NLRB decided to move forward with an earlier complaint against the hospital citing numerous alleged labor violations. A hearing is currently set for March 6 in Baltimore on those charges. “It’s wrong that rather than listening to nurses, Hopkins has maintained a culture of silence and retaliated against nurses when we try to advocate for our patients,” said Vivian Obijekwu, BSN, RN. “As frontline caregivers, we know intimately what our patients need. When the hospital silences nurses, they are essentially silencing our patients.” Johns Hopkins RNs began organizing to affiliate with NNU last year, after attempts to engage management on patient care issues were rebuffed. In December RNs released aunit-by-unit survey documenting extensive problems with patient care.
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