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Nurses rally outside HCA West Florida’s Tampa office

Nurses held signs and chanted outside of the HCA West Florida Division Office at Rocky Point in Tampa on Thursday, as part of a national rally hosted by the National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United.
 
Nurses chant while holding signs during a rally outside of HCA’s West Florida Division Office Thursday in Tampa.
Nurses chant while holding signs during a rally outside of HCA’s West Florida Division Office Thursday in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Published Dec. 1, 2023
Rebecca Gross-Alford, a nurse for 43 years in Asheville, N.C., leads a chant along with others during a rally in Tampa.
Rebecca Gross-Alford, a nurse for 43 years in Asheville, N.C., leads a chant along with others during a rally in Tampa. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

Nurses spoke out about alleged mismanagement at their hospitals, including 16 facilities HCA operates along the Gulf Coast in Southwest Florida, ahead of union contract expirations next year, according to a press release. HCA facilities will begin bargaining on new union contracts in 2024, which nurses say is an opportunity to address workplace issues.

“HCA is the largest hospital system in the United States, so the standards they set have impacts across healthcare in the U.S., which is why nurses are so disturbed by the way they handle their business,” said Marissa Lee, a registered nurse at HCA Florida Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, in a statement. “When you’re setting standards for the entire industry, you should be continually raising the bar, not digging yourself a deeper hole to bury it in.”

National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United represent more than 10,000 registered nurses at 20 HCA facilities in seven states, including Florida.

Nurses chant while holding signs outside of HCA’s West Florida Division Office.
Nurses chant while holding signs outside of HCA’s West Florida Division Office. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]
Sandra Pina-Garrett, a nurse for 43 years in Overland Park, Kan., chants with other nurses during a National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United rally.
Sandra Pina-Garrett, a nurse for 43 years in Overland Park, Kan., chants with other nurses during a National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United rally. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]