FOR IMMEDIATE RELESEASE: JULY 12, 2018
Contact: Laura Montross |Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | 212-929-0669
***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TODAY***
MEMBERS OF THE NEW YORK STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION AND 1199 HEALTHCARE WORKERS RALLY IN BROOKLYN AND ON LONG ISLAND TO DEMAND PROPER WORKING CONDITIONS
“THAT IS ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS: PATIENT SAFETY AND PATIENT CARE”
NYSNA NURSES AND 1199 HEALTHCARE WORKERS PLAN INFORMATIONAL PICKETS AT FOUR HOSPITALS
New York, NY- Nurses and healthcare workers are hitting the streets for informational pickets to protest inadequate working conditions that could seriously impact patient care. Workers are demanding safe working environments and asking for contracts that guarantee safe patient care.
Registered nurses say they have been assigned up to 13 patients and have been forced to transport patients, do laboratory runs, receive calls to codes - all without breaks, meals, and bathroom breaks.
“Safe staffing is so important when it comes to proper care for our patients. For the RNs here, that is all that really matters: patient safety and patient care,“ said Debra Ambrose RN, Brooklyn Hospital Center.
NYSNA is currently negotiating contracts at three Northwell facilities - Plainview Hospital, Syosset Hospital, Southside hospital – as well as Brooklyn Hospital Center. For their part, Southside Hospital nurses are jointly picketing to support the demand of the 1199 healthcare workers with whom they work for a fair contract that guarantees quality patient care. Solidarity among the two unions protects patients.
"The NYSNA nurses at Southside Hospital stand in support of 1199's info picket because healthcare is teamwork and when both unions work together we are stronger," said Leyren Ball, RN, Southside Hospital Emergency Department.
Who: Workers affected from 4 hospitals in Brooklyn and on Long Island
What: Informational picket to protest dangerous working conditions
When: Thursday, July 12
Southside Hospital Northwell Health
301 E Main St
Bay Shore, NY 11706
12pm to 2pm
Plainview Hospital Northwell Health
888 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803
12pm to 2pm
Syosset Hospital Northwell Health
221 Jericho Tpk.
Syosset, NY 11791
12pm to 2pm
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(Picket in front of Hospital on DeKalb Avenue)
11:30 am - 2 pm & 6 pm - 8:30 pm