More than 1,000 University of Michigan nurses set to picket as they fight for new contract

Renee Curtis has seen a lot in her two decades working as an emergency department nurse at the University of Michigan’s hospital in Ann Arbor.

But she never expected to be where she is now: fighting for Michigan Medicine to address what she called a staffing crisis that has prompted an exodus of both longtime and new nurses to leave their jobs in a profession they love.

“The University of Michigan has been chronically understaffing nursing,” said Curtis, the president of the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC), a subset of the Michigan Nurses Association, the largest nurses union in the state.

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