UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester is moving to replace nurse lactation consultants with non-nurses.
Hospital officials say the lay-offs will save money, but nurses say the new lactation consultants lack the same skill sets.
Julia Naya is one of the nurses who’s losing her job tomorrow: “I don’t know how someone can come in and do the assessments and have the same kind of nursing skills if they’re not a registered nurse,” she told WBUR.
UMass Memorial says the move frees them up to offer more personalized breastfeeding care and classes.
In other recent nursing-related labor news, Healthcare Finance News reports a two-day picket of Baystate Health facilities.