Demonstration draws attention to staffing problems at hospital

Vic Kolenc, El Paso Times, August 19, 2011 About 50 nurses and their family members and friends held an hourlong informational picket Thursday outside Las Palmas Medical Center to bring public attention to what the nurses say is a staffing problem that hurts patient care at the hospital. The demonstration was organized by a national nurses union that has been negotiating a contract with Las Palmas and Del Sol medical centers since last September. Terri Little-Verdugo, a registered nurse at Las Palmas and a member of the union's negotiating team, said the hospital's staffing policies have been broken many times in at least two hospital units. ... Demonstration