Nurses Dispute Terminations

A former nurse at Pitt County Memorial Hospital claims the hospital falsified documents to have a group of nurses under 30-years -old wrongfully fired.

Jessica Gries says she and seven other neo-natal intensive care unit RN's worked at the hospital until last December, when the hospital fired them for allegedly falsifying documents relating to patient IV tube changes. Gries claims her manager wanted the nurses fired because they were all under 30-years-old.

Gries says the hospital reported them to the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Gries says documents from the board show that the board didn't find enough evidence to remove their nursing licenses or discipline them.

Gries says she asked for her job back, but says the hospital told her they had made a sound decision.

Gries says several of the fired nurses were denied unemployment and says unemployment hearings have been going on for the past six months. Gries says two of the nurses were granted unemployment at a hearing last week, when lawyers argued managers falsified documents to get the nurses fired and not the other way around.

A Pitt County Memorial Hospital spokesperson says the hospital is unable to comment on the matter because it's a personnel issue.

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