Nurses Union At Robert Wood Johnson Hospital In New Brunswick Prepare For Possible Strike

The union representing nearly 1,500 nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick are expected to give the hospital a strike notice today, allowing the nurses to walk off the job in 10 days from now if the two sides can’t come to an agreement, Judy Danella, president of the United Steel Workers Local 4-200, announced.

The announcement comes following months of negotiations between the nurses union and the hospital, which largely focused on staffing issues in the 620-bed facility.

The strike is expected to begin on August 4th at 7am.

It is unclear how the potential strike would affect the maternity ward, which is used by many Lakewood families, or what it means for the hospital in general.

In a statement earlier this month, a spokesperson for the hospital said the hospital “will remain open to continue patient care with minimal disruption in the event of a strike.”

“Please be assured that we have an extensive contingency plan in place so that patient care has as minimal disruption as possible in the worst-case scenario of a strike. This includes contracts with national nursing agencies to ensure that hospital operations are maintained, and patient care is delivered,” the hospital said.

One of the only Level 1 Trauma Centers in the state, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, which includes the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, treats over 30,000 inpatients and has over 70,000 Emergency Room visits annually.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. the governor has to step in to the picture and take responsibility for the health and welfare of all those who need urgent medical care and if the nurses need to be made comfortable then that is part and parcel of efficient healthcare

  2. This makes me nervous as we are frequent flyers there but I understand the nurses. – Life of a medical miracle child.

  3. If they’re protesting over staffing issues, then they’re protesting for patient safety. We should all be standing with them against uncaring hospital administration that cuts staff to save money while compromising safety.

  4. Amazing how The Lakewood Scoop has so many positive articles about a hospital in the area which has been guilty of malpractice time and again. Yet, with RWJ, at best the above article is Pareve.

    Note: factual details about the hospital in the area are not being written in the comments as the Scoop has censored negative comments in the past.

    It leaves one to wonder what the Scoops agenda is with all the positive press when it is common knowledge about the horrible situation in this regional hospital.

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