By MEGAN HALL
PROVIDENCE, RI – Women and Infants union members picketed outside the hospital Wednesday to raise awareness about a proposal to hire temporary nurses from out of state.
The Women and Infants employees are calling on the hospital to offer permanent positions to local nurses instead of hiring so called "traveler nurses." These nurses come from outside staffing agencies and travel to hospitals that need temporary help.
The union known as SEIU District 1199 says temporary nurses aren't as familiar with the hospital's operations and might compromise its quality ratings in addition to taking local jobs.
Women and Infants says it's used traveler nurses in the past to add staff during busy summer months and it may do so again. In a written statement the hospital says "In all of our hiring practices, we are mindful of our responsibility to assure meaningful employment opportunities for the long term."
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