Approximately 1,000 nurses and workers upset over working conditions will walk off the job at Deaconness Medical Center and Spokane Valley Hospital on Wednesday.
Nurses and hospital staff are fed up with cuts and say they have double the workload at times. They're demanding more nurses be hired to reduce the risk of something going wrong.
Staff from Deaconess will join nurses and workers from Valley Hospital in a public display of their disgust.
"Our patients deserve more staff at the bedside," Valley Hospital nurse Tami Omarro said.
Omarro has worked at Valley for 23 years; during that time they've never gone on strike until now.
"They're requiring nurses to take care of more patients, when you do ask for more help it's never available," Omarro said.
Omarro said a normal patient to nurse ratio is four to one so IV fluids, pain medicine and wound dressing is on time. But she claims at Valley it's common to be six to one, and if someone calls in sick or goes on break there could be one nurse for every 8 patients.
"In some areas I would say it can get to dangerously low levels," Omarro explained.