This past week, hundreds of HHC nurses took to the streets to tell our stories.
NYSNA members gathered outside every HHC hospital to talk to the press, let management know our concerns about safe staffing and working conditions for nurses, and to spread the word to patients and families and community members. Articles on the HHC “Day of Action” were featured in Crain’s Insider, Crain’s Health Pulse, as well as the NY Daily News. A feature report on the day's events was broadcast on News12.
NYSNA nurses filed grievances throughout HHC aimed at the worst staffed units. We are demanding that management take immediate action to address the staffing problems that we have raised. NYSNA members, together with our community allies, are the loudest, clearest voices in telling the true story of our hospitals - we do great every day, despite the difficult conditions we often face.
We are now taking our story to the airwaves and newspapers for the second time this year in a new advertising blitz.
We have to keep the pressure on management at HHC and the City to fix our staffing problems and to get mandatory staffing ratios enacted into law. Short staffing hurts patient care and results in intolerable working conditions that only make the problem worse. Our fight for justice from Mike Bloomberg and HHC continues — stay in touch with your union representative for more information on ways to help make patient care better.
Following are a selection of images; click on the individual thumbnails for a larger image.
Special thanks to HHC LBU Leaders, HHC Nurses and NYSNA Staff for sharing their photos from multiple locations. Many of these images, along with messages of support, can be seen on NYSNA’s Facebook page.
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is New York’s largest professional association and union for registered nurses. The association represents registered nurses, and some all-professional bargaining units, in New York and New Jersey. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.