April 1, 1995 in Nation/World

Nurses Protest Health Care Trends

Compiled From Wire Services

Thousands of nurses marched from the Capitol to the White House on Friday to protest layoffs and hospital economy moves they contend are threatening their jobs and their patients’ health.

The nurses, some clad in traditional white uniforms and caps, cheered speakers at a rally on the West Front of the Capitol who denounced hospital takeovers by for-profit chains and economy moves forced by managed-care plans.

Union leaders and other nurses’ advocates charged that hospitals are replacing registered nurses with lower paid aides with a fraction of the nurses’ training and skills.

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