Nurses urge UMass Memorial to punish new CNO

Nurses at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts want the hospital to punish or fire the newly appointed chief nursing officer, Diane Thompson, amid claims she fosters a "punitive organizational culture" detrimental to patient care and staff morale, Boston Business Journal reported. The nurses' union cast a no-confidence vote against Thompson, 60-1, citing a dismissive attitude toward the union, as well as nurses concerns about staffing levels. However, hospital leaders call her a "consummate nursing leader and professional" with a reputation for leading change and increasing patient safety, according to the article. The controversy comes amid the health system's recent announcement about reducing staff by 100 full-time equivalents. Article

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