HUMBLE, Texas – About 30 nurses and nurse technicians at an Humble rehabilitation hospital took to the picket line Monday to demand more personal protective equipment, hazard pay and better working conditions.
The nurses protested outside Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital as they marched along McKaye Avenue.
“I feel like they don’t care about our safety. I feel like they are doing what is best for the organization financially not for the staff,” said Allysia Cyprien, a Registered Nurse.
The nurses claim there are not enough nurses for all the patients and protective gear is not being made available.
“The patient ratios are critically high to the point where we are not able to provide quality care to the patients or safe care to the patients. The patients are asking me why am I not wearing what they would call a moon suit. They are asking me where is my equipment? I say ‘This is all they are giving me,‘” Cyprien said.
According to its website, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital specializes in treatment for stroke, brain injuries, and other complex neurological conditions.
Patients receive at least three hours of therapy, five days a week.
The nurses on strike say they are in constant close contact with patients and many patients also come from other facilities. As a result, nurses are always worried about possibly being exposed to coronavirus.