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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.

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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. Read more >>

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." Read more >>

The purpose of this advisory is to call your attention to important guidelines for the safe use of insulin pens. Recently, two facilities in New York State discovered that insulin pens, designed for use on a single patient, had been used or might have been used for multiple patients.

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