Rave: Thanks for supporting nurses at St. Joseph hospital

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 12, 2013 

As a nurse, I want to thank local businesses and residents for displaying the bright yellow signs in support of the St. Joseph registered nurses. These folks realize what nurses bring to our area by shopping locally, being active in community affairs and donating to non-profits to help the less fortunate. The hospital's proposal to decrease nurses' compensation will decrease the amount they will have to shop locally. The hospital (or PeaceHealth Medical Center) hopes to save around $400,000 annually, as they expand outside of Whatcom County. That's a lot of money to remove from our local economy. I am a 20-year registered nurse at St. Joe's and know how generous my co-workers are with donating their time and dollars to nonprofits such as youth sports, the Humane Society, and Brigid Collins. I urge people to let the hospital know how they feel about nurses. Call or email peacehealth.org and ask for a fair contract for registered nurses.

- Julie Rose of Ferndale, via Letters to the Editor

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