Medicine: Florence Nightingale Wants You!

To recruit nurses, hospitals are boosting pay and perks

The scene outside two Massachusetts hospitals last week has become distressingly familiar at hospitals across the nation: nurses on a picket line. At Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, a walkout by 300 nurses last weekend resulted in a virtual shutdown of the facility, with only emergency room services being provided.

Across the state in Pittsfield, the Berkshire Medical Center was struggling to get along with only a supervisory staff and 15 nurses; 425 nurses had been on strike for three weeks. "Money and benefits are...

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