BNB7: Driving The Week

HCA Celebrates May 2021 Nurses’ Week by Paying Their Healthcare Heroes Poverty Wages, Failing to Invest in Safe Staffing Levels

America’s largest hospital corporation, HCA, chose to commemorate the nationwide observation of 2021 Nurses’ Week from May 6 to May 12 by rewarding tens of thousands of frontline healthcare professionals with poverty wages. As frontline HCA nurses and hospital workers marked their second consecutive Nurses’ Week by caring for patients amidst a deadly pandemic, HCA again failed to make any substantial organizational commitments to improving working conditions for their frontline nurses.

Across the country, HCA has failed to adequately invest in hospital staffing across major key markets, with direct consequences on the workplace safety and of healthcare workers. In Virginia, HCA had 28% less staff than the state average in 2019.

As HCA nurses and healthcare workers rise to the occasion, rushing to save lives during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the failure of HCA to be an industry leader on safe staffing or wages for healthcare workers is stunning repayment for courage and heroism.