Dear NYSNA Nurse,
It’s Nurses Week, the time we set aside each year to honor nurses for the extraordinary work we do.
I want to personally thank you for all of the incredible work that each and every one of you do.
But this Nurses Week, let’s not let anyone forget what we see every day: our practice and our patients are in serious jeopardy from short staffing.
I’ve heard horror stories from every corner of our state. We’re being forced to take on too many patients at once. It’s a danger to our patients and our practice.
Our duty as patient advocates goes beyond the bedside — it includes our duty to advocate for legislation that will help improve our patients’ outcomes.
NYSNA nurses will be using this week to step up our advocacy for the safe staffing bill in Albany — and to build up our turnout for our Safe Staffing Day of Action on Tuesday, May 21.
Have you RSVPed for the Day of Action? CLICK HERE to save your seat on the bus.
We do the extraordinary every day. We’re nurses — and that’s why we’re celebrated this week.
Let’s do the extraordinary to pass safe staffing.
Patients, lawmakers, and caregivers turned out yesterday for a press conference at Long Island Collge Hospital (LICH) to put forward our plan to save Brooklyn hospitals.
We called for an immediate moratorium on all Brooklyn hospital closings. And we demanded a greater voice for patients, caregivers, and community leaders in the plans to keep LICH open for care and find a new operator.
“We are inspired by the struggle to keep LICH open for care,” said Charmayne Saddler, RN and NYSNA leader at Interfaith. “We will continue to fight to keep Interfaith open for care, and for a moratorium on all hospital closures in Brooklyn.”
We were joined by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, NY Communities for Change, U.S. Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, City Council member Mathieu Eugene, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, district leader Robert Cornegy, Sal Albanese, and representatives from Borough President Marty Markowitz's office. We thank all of them for staying vigilant to keep Brooklyn hospitals open for care.
“My own family has been treated at this hospital,” said Loreto Gasmen, RN and one of NYSNA’s leaders at LICH. “LICH isn’t just a personal investment for me and my colleagues. LICH is our home. And we have to take care of our home. That’s why not only do we have to make sure SUNY is transparent and aboveboard in deciding on a new operator, we have to make sure WE have a say as well.”
Like www.Facebook.com/Open4Care to see news stories from the press conference.
The New York City Council is honoring Bellevue nurses for our incredible heroism during Hurricane Sandy. We rescued over 700 patients — with no lights and no elevators. Not one patient was left behind. Not one patient died.
Councilmember Dan Garodnik is sponsoring the resolution, which will be presented in City Council chambers this Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
Coler-Goldwater and Coney Island RNs will be honored in June by the City Council. These honors are a recognition of the extraordinary work we did during Hurricane Sandy — and of the incredible resilience of our public hospital system and the RNs who power it.
Long Island NYSNA members are coming together for a special Nurses Week Inter-regional meeting. And I’m looking forward to meeting you there!
Join your fellow Long Island NYSNA members and discuss what we can do to win safe staffing, Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 PM, at the Smithtown Landing Country Club, 495 Landing Ave., Smithtown.
A buffet dinner will be served, but you must RSVP. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.724.6976, ext, 277.
I was so happy to visit our sisters and brothers in Plattsburgh, where we picketed for the future of patient care at CVPH Medical Center.
We are fighting for guaranteed safe staffing levels, and for a strong contract that will help us recruit and retain the next generation of caregivers at our hospital. The spirit on the picket line was great — and so was the response we got from patients and neighbors!
This Nurses Week, we’re rolling out safe staffing ads in papers big and small across New York, including Plattsburgh, Schenectady, Long Island, Westchester, Olean, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and more.
We’re reaching out to the public and patients across the state to build support for the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. And it’s working. Already more than half of the members of the Assembly have signed on as co-sponsors of our bill.
CLICK HERE for a sneak peek at the ad.
The Lake Placid community turned out in force to a community forum to save their town’s ER. Adirondack Medical Center is threatening to turn the 24-hour ER into a 12-hour urgent care center — that’s why more than 90 members of this small town turned out last week.
NYSNA nurses and community members have formed a coalition to save 24-hour healthcare access for Lake Placid. Read the coverage in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. And stay tuned for next steps.
RN leaders from public and private Queens hospitals met last week to set the strategy to build support for safe staffing in our borough.
Our opponents are already attacking safe staffing, so we discussed the many research studies that show that safe staffing improves patient outcomes — and is cost effective!
This is our second meeting, and we're going to keep coming together for safe staffing. We'll see you in Albany on May 21!
Mayor Bloomberg has mismanaged our city’s public infrastructure for too long — and no one knows that better than HHC nurses. The mayor has failed to invest in adequate staffing at our HHC hospitals, and he's threatening the future of our great public hospital system.
The Mayor — and the future Mayor — need to hear from us. We’re rallying at City Hall with workers from many different city unions on Wednesday, June 12. HHC nurses will be there in force.
Save the date. And text “HHC” to 877-877 to get updates on your cell phone.
Jill Furillo, RN
NYSNA Executive Director
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.