Nurses union to appeal labor board decision

Steve Clark, Brownsville Herald, August 9, 2011 The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency with jurisdiction over labor litigation, has ruled against seven ICU nurses who claim to have been wrongly fired from their jobs at Valley Regional Medical Center in May. The hospital, owned by Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America, said it fired the nurses because of their refusal to take on additional “charge nurse” duties. The nurses - and the union representing them - argue that taking on additional duties would have taken them away from their ICU patients, potentially placing those patients in jeopardy. ... Nurses