A little rain couldn't stop us from rallying for safe staffing!

More than 100 St. Joe's RNs, Yonkers City Council members, community supporters, and NYSNA RNs took the streets of Yonkers to rally for safe nurse-to-patient ratios.

"We do 200% sometimes so we don't abandon our patients, but we need more staffing," said Hasan Haman, RN at St. Joseph's.

St. Joseph's Medical Center is a vital community hospital in downtown Yonkers that served more than 48,000 patients in 2012. In 2012, CEO Michael J. Spicer made $772,606, plus $194,943 in other compensation – a 19% increase over the previous year.

NYSNA RNs are calling for a new contract that guarantees safe minimum staffing levels for patients.

"You keep us safe. I'll do whatever I can to keep you safe," promised Yonkers City Council Member Chris Johnson

"Definitely this is something that patients need, because we are really the last line of advocacy for our patients, aren't we?" NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN told News 12. Check out the coverage.

A new documentary looks at the 300-year history of HHC, and the threats we face.

Reducing hospital re-admissions is one of the chief cost-cutting tactics of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Hospitals that have excessive 30-day readmissions for Medicare patients admitted for heart-related illness or pneumonia will face reduced payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

A new study conducted by Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, concludes that facilities with lower staffing ratios have lower odds of being penalized for excessive readmissions under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), the group responsible under the ACA to reduce readmission rates. Hospitals with higher nurse staffing had 25% lower penalization rates than similar hospitals with less nurse staffing. They also have 41% lower odds of receiving the maximum penalty for readmissions.

Notably, the research also finds that each additional nurse hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of HRRP penalties.

Hundreds of NYSNA RNs and supporters rallied yesterday for safe staffing and respect at Montefiore – including Monte's newly-acquired facilities in Westchester.

At Monte Moses, NYSNA Executive Director Jill Furillo & NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez led about 300 RNs in street theater, lively singing and a speak out.

At Monte Weiler, more than 80 RNs rallied, led by Karine Raymond, RN, Weiler LBU president.

A photo album of the rally is on our facebook page. Like & Share if you stand with us for safe staffing and respect.

Execs at Westchester Medical Center have laid off and privatized more than 140 skilled registered nurses and hundreds of other caregivers.

Watch the following video of NYSNA nurses talking about what we are doing to save patient care at our county’s flagship public hospital.

Nurses at Niskayuna's Bellevue Women's Center presented a petition to Ellis Hospital management requesting recognition of our union. Almost every single nurse at Bellevue signed the petition.

Many Bellevue nurses are specially trained to care for newborns or mothers who have delivered by C-section. Management is re-assigning these skilled nurses to care for other kinds of patients – without the appropriate level of training or orientation, say nurses. Here's what two of those RNs had to say today:

"We are very concerned that the changes management has made could compromise care for our patients – new mothers, women, and babies," said Christine Walthers, RN in post-partum. "We need a say in patient care decisions in our hospital. That's why we are joining the New York State Nurses Association."

"I see nurses being forced to take on 10 patients at once. That is too many," said Vickie Decker, RN for 24 years at Bellevue. "We're on the front lines of the changes in healthcare. We're looking forward to sitting down with Ellis Hospital management to discuss how we can work together to improve care for our patients."

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