Nurses Picket SLU, Des Peres Hospitals

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Registered nurses from Saint Louis University and Des Peres hospitals held an informational picket in front of SLU Hospital Monday morning.

The nurses from St. Louis University and Des Peres Hospitals say they are worried that their working conditions will affect patient care.

More than 50 nurses picketed outside St. Louis University Hospital, voicing concerns about  patient care. The demonstrators say at times there are not enough nurses on duty and that could affect patient care standards. The nurses are seeking union contracts with both SLU and Des Peres Hospitals.

SLU Hospital officials released a statement Monday morning saying,

"Saint Louis University Hospital is committed to providing each patient with the highest quality of care in the safest possible environment. While we remained focused on serving the healthcare needs of our community, we continue to negotiate in good faith. Our bargaining will continue this week, and we hope to successfully reach an agreement that is beneficial for both our nurses and our hospital."

The two hospitals are owned and operated by Tenet Healthcare. The nurses say they are taking part in a national day of action to call for collecting bargaining contracts with Tenet Hospitals across the country.