For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Genovese, 518.782.9400, ext. 353
PORT JEFFERSON, Nov. 14, 2011 – Despite nine months of intensive contract negotiations, management of St. Charles Hospital is still not addressing its nurses’ request for stricter RN-to-patient staffing guidelines.
So the RNs will again conduct an informational picket to raise the visibility of this important issue, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 in front of the hospital at 200 Belle Terre Road.
The 325 RNs, represented by the New York State Nurses Association, are currently negotiating a new contract with management. Their most recent, three-year contract expired on March 31. The RNs held their first picket in July.
Staffing guidelines detail how many RNs will be on duty on each unit for each shift. Studies have shown that hospitals with higher RN-to-patient ratios have better patient outcomes. Staffing guidelines in a contract provide the nurses with a means of legal recourse should the hospital fail to meet the guidelines. Despite the positive impact on patient care, St. Charles management hasn’t supported the nurses’ call to strengthen these guidelines.
Nurses will be available to discuss the issues during the picket. Local elected public officials have been invited to attend.
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.
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