PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Groups of health care workers are gathering in sites across the country Thursday to hold their employers accountable for staffing crisis and to call for workplace protections.
In Port Charlotte, a localized group representing National Nurses United stationed themselves outside Fawcett Memorial Hospital.
Signs reading "Staff Up for Safe Care - End Crisis Care Now" can be seen held by some attendees.
Demonstrating nurses say that nearly two years into the pandemic, the United States is not experiencing a “nursing shortage” but rather a shortage of nurses willing to risk their licenses or the safety of their patients "by working under the unsafe conditions imposed on them by profit-driven employers," per a written statement.
Fox 4 has reached out to Fawcett Memorial Hospital and are awaiting a response.
Similar demonstrations are taking place in Kissimmee and Brooksville, according to NNU.