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Nurses to Sound Alarm on Staffing Crisis

Media Advisory - May 20, 2014                 Contact: Debra Kosloske - 414-218-4663

Milwaukee, WI--Nurses who work at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health complex will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon, May 21st, at the Milwaukee County Courthouse to call upon County Executive Chris Abele to take immediate action to fill the dozens of nurse vacancies in the Behavioral Health Department (BHD). The direct care nurses will describe the growing staffing crisis which is putting both patients and staff at risk. They will present a list of immediate actions that could be taken to correct the staffing crisis.

“Each and every day the staff at BHD do amazing work under dangerous and unsafe conditions. As the frontline caregivers, we are calling upon the County Executive to take immediate action to ensure the safety of the patients and staff,” said Jeff Weber, R.N., president of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (WFNHP), Local 5001.

What: Press Conference

Who: Jeff Weber, R.N., president of WFNHP Local 5001 and nurses who work at BHD will sound alarm on staffing crisis at the County mental health complex, and present County Executive Abele with hundreds of signatures demanding he take immediate action to correct the staffing epidemic at BHD.

When: 1:00 p.m. – Direct care nurses to speak

            1:15 p.m. - Nurses will march to County Executive Abele’s office to present 
                              hundreds of signatures and a list of corrective actions to be taken
                              immediately to put an end to the staffing crisis.

Where: On the front steps of the Milwaukee County Courthouse
              901 N. 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI

Great visuals of nurses in scrubs with alarm clocks, presenting a list of 10 corrective actions to ensure the safety of the patients and staff at the Behavioral Health Department (BHD). Nurses will also be available for individual interviews.