ARH, Nurses Set For Mediation Monday In Lexington

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - Appalachian Regional Healthcare management and striking nurses from West Virginia and Kentucky are scheduled to meet with a federal mediator tomorrow.

The West Virginia Nurses Association's Rue Hairston says the goal of the mediation session in Lexington, Kentucky is a resolution.

ARH officials say they've not received a counter offer from West Virginia and Kentucky nurses, who voted down the company's contract offer September 27th. Nurses then went on strike at nine ARH operations September 30th.

Nurses maintain the strike isn't over money. Rather, they say it's about mandatory overtime and patient care.
Information from: The Register-Herald,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymos Location: not in the hospital on Oct 30, 2007 at 07:11 PM
    Maybe if the striking nurses got what they were asking for we would have a smiling nurse that really wanted to help instead that dried up bitty that comes in and looks like she just got out of the pen...Patient care is what they are after and what they should recieve.It isn't just about them.Long hours,too many patients to care for, and minimal pay.They are only paid that good because they practically live there.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Oct 30, 2007 at 03:33 PM
    So, are all of the SCAB nurses unqualified? Sure they care about money, who doesn't? But has anyone stopped to realize that SOMEONE needs to take care of patients while others stand on picket lines? Last time I checked, all of the patients did not receive a miracle cure when the strike started...
  • by East Ky nurse on strike Location: Whitesburg on Oct 29, 2007 at 05:10 PM
    I would just like to ask all of you one thing? Would you want a nurse that has worked 16 hours in a day for 3-4 days taking care of you when she is not physically or mentally able to take care of you because she is so tired, Or how would you like to be 1 of the 6-10 patients that one nurse is trying to take care of, Who gets taken care of first, who gets fed first, or gets a bath first, or turned or changed if you weren't able to get up and go yourself. We are not on strike because of money, Yea we make good money and you won't hear one nurse out here complain about the money. We are fighting for YOU the patients to be taken care of SAFELY. So make it your choice whether you want a SCAB (just here for the money)taking care of you or a nurse who cares about your SAFETY to take care of you. Which ever you choose, Please quit talking about the nurses on strike until you know the whole story. ARH only cares about your MONEY not YOU. Just another one of their lies.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 29, 2007 at 03:47 PM
    Susan Roman come on now.... we are not that dumb. You know.... and I know what we are striking for. RN Middlesboro ARH Go by the picket line and read the signs.... Yes we can READ
  • by ARH RN on Oct 29, 2007 at 03:42 PM
    Susan WE do know what we are striking for ! People are not as stupid as you portray them! Just because we are from Appalachia does not mean we are dumb! Is that what you are trying to say? Shame on you. These coal fields produce more than just old chunks of coal. Shame on you. People are not going to fall for your comment. But this is America and you have freedon of speech just like we do and its time to speak out! HOW about RESPECT being number one on the list of strike issues.
  • by Susan on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    Wake up! Most of the nurses don't even know what they are striking over. ARH has some of the most highly compensated nurses in the Eastern United States.
  • by charles on Oct 29, 2007 at 08:22 AM
    bill bill oh my what a pill let the good people bee
  • by Bill on Oct 29, 2007 at 04:45 AM
    Fire them all! Hire folks that want to work,and will work.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Oct 28, 2007 at 03:30 PM
    Time to let hospitals belong to the city/county again, because obviously the capitalists will make sure that the bottom line comes first instead of patient care.


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