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      Nurses to protest in Lapeer


      A McLaren-Lapeer spokeswoman says today's rally by nurses will be held across from the hospital in a park. Susan Perry-Nolte says it's taking place in the middle of contract negotiations with the Michigan Nurses Association. Perry-Nolte says they are bargaining in good faith and negotiations will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

      She thought it would be a "rally not a picket". But a news release indicates a "crowd of nurses in red scrubs; families and community members with colorful signs; chants and cheers".


      Outside the normally quiet McLaren-Lapeer campus today, chanting and honking is expected to fill the air. The nurses are mad. So they're taking action.

      According to a news release, registered nurses and concerned community members will hold a rally today in Lapeer to "demand McLaren-Lapeer Region CEO Bart Buxton solve chronic understaffing at the hospital that can put patients at serious risk."

      The nurses say they've " been asking the administration for months to make sure there are enough nurses on duty to ensure safe patient care at all times, to no avail.

      They cite studies that show nurse understaffing can lead to increased patient complications including infections, falls, and even deaths.

      A spokesperson for McLaren was unavailable to comment for this report.