Brigham and Women’s nurses call for stronger safety measures after COVID cluster expands

More than 3,000 Brigham and Women’s Hospital nurses are calling for stronger safety measures to contain an ongoing COVID cluster at the institution that has grown to at least 44 infections, the Massachusetts Nurses Association announced.



a sign on the side of a building: BOSTON, MA - MARCH 15: The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital is seen on March 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 15: The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is seen on March 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

“Our absolute priority as Brigham nurses is to keep patients safe and the hospital’s lax compliance with COVID-19 safety protections is making that extremely difficult,” said Trish Powers, operating room nurse and chair of the Brigham MNA Bargaining Unit.

Powers said in a statement, “Unfortunately, hospital executives have not always listened to our expertise and have created an environment where policies around visitors, masking and social distancing are either not being followed or are not

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