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Hundreds of frontline nurses who work in Oregon’s Providence health system took part in an informational picket on March 15 outside Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland to call for better healthcare standards and a fair contract. The nurses, represented by the Oregon Nurses Association, want Providence to improve patient care by addressing staffing and other issues. “Nurses are the foundation of the healthcare profession, and we deserve safer working conditions, affordable healthcare and a contractual commitment to staffing that provides rest periods and takes patient conditions into consideration,” said Jamie Aguilar, an ONA member and home health nurse at Providence.