Nurses picket at local hospitals during contract negotiations

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Nurses across the Suncoast were out in full force this morning protesting and picketing at several hospitals. 

Nurses were picketing at six hospitals across Florida including Doctors and Blake hospitals.

Many of those nurses hope to bring light to some issues they say they hope to see resolved.

Nurses a part of the nurses union say they want to see change when it comes to patient care, staffing, recruitment and retention.

Many nurses are now are in the middle of contract negotiations and are waiting for contracts to be finalized.

One nurse at the protest tells ABC 7 she also hopes to see improvements in pay. 

"We want to see improved compensation so that we can really attract the experienced nurses that we need. We need to be able to recruit those nurses then retain them", says Nurse Susan Coaxley.

Doctors Hospital released a statement today.

In that statement it mentioned a recruitment and retention initiative that's already in place to improve retention and recruitment. 

The statement also goes on to say,

"It is unfortunate, but not unusual, to see tactics like this when a union and an employer are engaged in contract negotiations, as we are with this union. we want to ensure that our community understands that neither this—nor any other action—will ever come between us and our commitment to the high quality care and services we offer our patients and this community on a daily basis", Doctors Hospital. 

This morning's informational picket was also held Blake Hospital and locations in Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg.

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