“We care about our patients and we really want to advocate for safe ratios. And we work in health care, so it would be nice to also have affordable health care for us nurses. Without affordable health care — a lot of us won’t be able to afford to work here anymore. They could lose a lot of their senior staff.

That also boils down to patient safety. I mean if you lose a lot of senior staff because they can’t afford the health care, they have to get another job, they have to cut back they end up someplace else, you lose that experience, you lose that personal touch, and that also affects the patients.”

[Eden, Alison, and Emma rally with their Moms in support of the nurses of Heritage Valley Health System at the Beaver County Courthouse. The nurses have been working without a contract since June 30th and are in negotiations with management over safe staffing (patient-to-nurse) ratios. They hope to reach agreement on a fair contract that prioritizes patient care and protects employee health care.]
Erin Ninehouser loves photography for its ability to reveal truths and insights that are often too difficult to capture with words. She believes, as Garrison Keillor says through his troubled yet triumphant character Barbara in Pontoon, that “the only sermon that counts is the one formed by our actions.” A native of New Castle, Erin has made her home in Ambridge where she lives happily with her wonderful husband Dave, their three adorable and hilarious cats, and their “old gentleman” dog, Max. Erin is excited to help tell the stories of the people of Beaver County. You can see more of her work on Facebook and connect on Instagram or Twitter.