The Chicago Teachers Union is calling on the school district to end its privatization of supplemental nursing services.
The union released a report Wednesday, claiming that the four-year contract with RCM Technologies, approved by the school board in June 2015, is "pushing the district to the brink of a health crisis."
"Nine months after the RCM contract was signed--a contract that was promoted as a cost- savings move--nurses throughout the district are reporting shocking stories of untrained agency nurses who cannot perform basic tasks like operating an epinephrine injection, ... completing progress notes for case files or showing up for work assignments," CTU said in a statement. "Too often, nurses have said that agency nurses refuse to do their assigned tasks because RCM did not specify those particular tasks when they were scheduled."
The union is concerned that "privatizing the public school nursing system will create a health disaster in Chicago."
For its part, CPS issued a statement saying that the district "is providing more nursing services to more students because our partnership with RCM is filling critical vacancies and supplementing services the district provides."