County Slashing 138 Nursing Jobs

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is cutting 138 nursing jobs at two hospitals in a process that began Monday. Nurses union leader Leslie Curtis says nurses are calling it the “Valentine’s Day massacre.”

Cook County Health and Hospitals System spokesman Lucio Guerrero says the jobs are being eliminated at Oak Forest Hospital in the south suburbs and Provident Hospital on the city’s South Side.

Nurses who get notices have the opportunity to apply for vacant positions in the health system or bump others with less seniority at the hospital where they work.

Guerrero says many of the nurses may be qualified to fill 132 vacancies in the health system.

The county plans to cut the Provident nursing staff to 63 positions and the Oak Forest nursing staff to 23 positions.

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  • maurice white

    i am really sorry about the nurse s that would be layoff after 4 to 6 years of college to be a nurse now the higer up got them boping each other like dogs check it out . i did not vote foe perwinker ok sorry system . vote someone in to help society every one gets lay off and fire terrible system in illnois.

  • Raymond Prudente

    The nursing shortage is projected to grow to 260,000 and put Illinois patient care at risk. By 2020 Illinois could face a nursing shortage of 21,000 position need to address the State’s pressing health care needs.

    When nursing staffing shortage grows, no doubt patient care falls. Hospitals and nursing homes with low nursing staffing levels tend to have higher rates of poor patient outcomes such as pneumonia, cardiac arrest, urinary infections and other medical illnesses.

    Patients in hospitals are sicker than 20 years ago and have much higher acuity level patient that requires a lot more nursing care. Nurses is extremely important to patients lowering risks of complications and deaths while patient is hospitalized.

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