For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Genovese, 518-782-9400, ext. 353
MANHATTAN, Feb. 21, 2008 – Mount Sinai Hospital’s registered nurses are telling management that demanding givebacks will not help the Upper East Side facility recruit and retain RNs.
The RNs say that nurse-to-patient staffing is already so low that they’ve had to file official protests to their assignments because they’re concerned about the quality of care their patients receive.
To demonstrate the gravity of this issue, the nurses will conduct an informational picket from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in front of the hospital’s Klingenstein Clinical Center at 1450 Madison Ave., north of 99th St.
The 1,900 RNs are represented by the New York State Nurses Association. Their most recent three-year contract expired on Dec. 31, 2007. The RNs have been trying to improve the hospital’s ability to recruit and retain nurses through contract improvements, such as increasing longevity pay. Instead, management has continued to demand givebacks:
“The nurses are trying to make their work environment better, but cuts like these will just drive good nurses to other facilities,” said Lucille Sollazzo, RN, representative for the Nurses Association. “Mount Sinai is simply not doing enough to hold onto its nurses and it’s the community that will suffer.”
The next bargaining sessions are scheduled for the week of Feb. 25.
With more than 36,000 members, the New York State Nurses Association is the nation's oldest and largest state nurses’ association. NYSNA fosters high standards of nursing education, research, and practice; engages in legislative activity; and provides collective bargaining services to registered nurses. Its mission is to advance the profession of nursing and protect the public's health.