ALTOONA -The 24-hour SEIU strike began at 7 a.m. today. The registered nurses who were joining the strike turned their patients over to replacement nurses and patient care continued uninterrupted.
The nurses were very professional and thorough when turning over their patients to the replacement nurses, according to a press release issued by UPMC Altoona.
The hospital prepared extensively for this SEIU work stoppage, and it is “business as usual” for all hospital services and physicians.
One hundred and forty nurses came to work for first shift. The hospital will not know about second and third shift until later tonight.