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News Release
Media Advisory: Oregon Nurses to Rally at Providence Oregon Headquarters this Friday - 01/19/23

WHAT: Frontline nurses who work at Providence Portland, Providence Home Health and Hospice, and Providence Seaside will hold a rally about unsafe staffing, fully paid family and medical leave, safety standards and community health needs outside Providence’s Oregon Headquarters Friday, Jan. 20. The nurses—represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA)—will be joined by statewide health care leaders, union allies and local community supporters. Nurses and allies will give speeches and hold media availability during the event. 

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Official program to run from 4:45-5:20 p.m.

WHERE: Providence Oregon Headquarters, 4400 NE Halsey St., Portland, OR 

WHO: ONA frontline nurses from Providence Portland, Home Health and Hospice, and Seaside along with nurse supporters from across the state, community allies and worker advocates will all join the rally. 

WHY: Nurses at Providence Portland, Home Health and Hospice, and Seaside are working without a contract. They have been meeting with Providence executives since fall 2022 to try to reach a fair contract agreement which improves patient safety and nurses’ working conditions, addresses Providence’s staffing crisis and allows the hospital to recruit and retain nurses and caregivers our community needs. 

ONA frontline nurses demand basic safety standards to protect our patients, our coworkers and our families including: 

  • Safe nurse staffing to ensure high-quality care and improve patients' access to health care.
  • Fully paid family and medical leave so nurses can take the necessary time to care for themselves or family members.
  • Stronger patient safety standards to ensure the highest standards of care for all Oregonians and reduce COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • A fair compensation package that allows hospitals to recruit and retain the skilled frontline caregivers our communities need to stay healthy and safe during a recognized nurse shortage.

Friday’s rally is open to the public and is an outdoor, rain-or-shine event. Nurses invite the public to attend to learn how their community's health care is being impacted by Providence executives' decisions. Participants are expected to follow guidance from designated safety personnel.

ONA represents more than 4,000 frontline nurses working in 10 Providence Health System facilities from Portland to Medford. ONA nurses are standing together to raise standards for caregivers and patients at Providence—Oregon’s largest healthcare system and one of the state’s largest companies. 

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents more than 15,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state. We are a proud state affiliate of AFT and the American Nurses Association. ONA’s mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.

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