The shortage of qualified health care professionals is impacting providers and patients across the country. As well as college debt, benefit losses and working conditions for future caregivers are discouraging many from entering the field.
Providence’s current proposals eliminate all EIT (extended illness time) benefits for new hires and prevent current nurses from accruing any additional EIT hours — as well as many other intolerable working conditions.
I’m disappointed that our health care workers’ concerns are not more widely understood by the residents of Spokane. We will be deeply affected by the pending strike in response to Providence-for-profit’s corporate greed and we need more information about why they are striking.