TAMC and Nurses Reach Agreement
Unionized nurses at The Aroostook Medical Center and the TAMC Board of Trustees each voted on November 10 to ratify a new contract between the Presque Isle healthcare facility and the Maine State Nurses Association.
Nurses at TAMC have been working without a contract since early July.
Roland Joy, chief nursing officer at TAMC explained, “Both the TAMC leadership team and our nurses worked together to reach this agreement for the benefit of our nurses, our patients and our community."
The terms of the new three year contract include provisions for wage increases and an enhancement to a recruiting incentive to help TAMC attract new nurses in the future. Additionally, both TAMC and the MSNA have committed to share the mutual goals of limiting the use of travelers through the recruitment and hiring of experienced nurses to fill openings at the hospital. Joy has also committed to meet with an MSNA representative on an ongoing basis to review and discuss nursing job openings, recruitment efforts and hiring goals.
Joy went on to credit the nurses at TAMC for the level of care they provide. “We are proud of the high quality care that our nurses provide to TAMC patients. Their hard work and dedication makes a difference each and every day with regard to patient safety, outcomes and satisfaction,” said Joy.
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