Dear NYSNA Nurse,
It’s going to be a busy week. But before I get to that, I need you to do one thing: register for our May 21 Safe Staffing Day of Action.
I’ve heard from ED nurses who’ve been forced to take on 15, 16, even 17 patients at once. That’s unacceptable — and it doesn’t have to be that way! California has a law setting nurse-to-patient ratios. There it’s unheard of for an ED nurse to be force to take on more than four patients at once.
We can pass a law like that in New York. In fact, dozens of state Senators and Assembly members — Republicans and Democrats — have already signed on to our bill.
But some lawmakers are still on the fence. They need to hear from frontline nurses. On May 21, we’re setting up meetings with some of the key undecided lawmakers. We’ll cap off the day with a gigantic rally.
We’ll need 2,000 NYSNA nurses in Albany that day to make sure they get our message.
Join the thousands of nurses coming to Albany on May 21: REGISTER right now.
Let’s show our lawmakers we are willing to do whatever it takes to win safe staffing.
Brooklyn’s Red Hook community is pulling together to save our nearest hospital — Long Island College Hospital!
Red Hook is one of Brooklyn’s most politically active and united communities. Red Hook’s political muscle is a huge help as we do everything we can to keep LICH open for care!
Join Red Hook for a community meeting this Thursday, March 28, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at PS 15, 71 Sullivan St. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’re coming.
Our fight to keep Brooklyn hospitals like LICH and Interfaith open for care is heating up:
- On Saturday, we joined the Strike Debt movement at a Manhattan health fair and spoke out hospital closings across NYC.
- Friday, April 5, we’ll join a health fair at the Red Hook PAL Miccio Community Center, and on Sunday, April 7, we’ll march from Red Hook to LICH. The times for these events are to be determined - e-mail email@example.com for more details.
- The Department of Health’s planning committee is set to meet and discuss LICH on April 11. We’ll be there. More details coming soon.
At Olean General Hospital, staffing has gone from bad to worse.
In the past 14 months, we’ve filed more than 1,500 Protests of Assignment! No wonder we have a 75% turnover rate.
This week, we’re taking action. On Tuesday, we’re meeting with State Senator Catherine Young, and on Wednesday, we’re distributing hundreds of signs across downtown Olean to show our community’s support for nurses and our hospital. To join us, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSNA and the Lake Placid community have delayed a vote on closing this Adirondack community’s Emergency Room.
At their Thursday meeting, the Board of Adirondack Medical Center was planning to vote on turning the ER into an urgent care. In less than 24 hours, more than 800 Lake Placid residents signed a petition to keep the ER open. The Board delayed the vote.
“These communities should be able to depend on access to 24-hour, critical care,” our union said in a statement. “The complicated, sometimes life-saving care provided daily in the Lake Placid emergency department cannot be accommodated in an urgent care center. Patients in trauma will be forced to travel an extra 15 to 20 minutes to Saranac Lake for critical care, and in an emergency, those extra minutes can be a matter of life or death.”
“According to local EMS providers, they will not be reimbursed if they drop off patients at an urgent care center,” NYSNA rep Bill Conley told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise newspaper. “That would be detrimental to the EMS providers. Secondly, and much more importantly, it’s just common sense that if an individual considers their family member sick enough to require ambulance transportation, it’s very unlikely family members will want that individual transported to an urgent care center rather than an emergency department.”
The board could bring the closing up for a vote at any time. We need to prepared to respond at a moment’s notice — just like we did last week. E-mail NYSNA rep email@example.com to get involved.
It’s a trend: all across our state, officials and corporations are trying to privatize our public healthcare system.
Just ask HHC nurses, where the hospital is moving to outsource dialysis services. HHC nurses have fought privatization every step of the way. Our next move: we’re going to Washington, DC on April 20 to lobby for adequate federal funding for our public and safety-net hospitals. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the bus.
In Chemung and Cayuga counties, local officials are trying to privatize two well-run Skilled Nursing Facilities. We’re joining up with CSEA, nursing home residents and their families, and local lawmakers to keep these facilities open for care and under public control.
In the North Country town of Massena, hospital administrators want to sell off the town’s hospital. “Every New Yorker needs access to the same quality of care, whether they live in New York City or the north country,” said NYSNA President Patricia DiLillo, RN, in a quote in the the Daily Courier-Observer. “No patient is turned away. Privatization is bad for our patients, and we oppose it 100 percent.”
More than 70 nurses from eight facilities came together for a day of education and solidarity — a workshop on Documentation: Know Responsibilities and Accountability in Your RN Practice. The 5.5 CNE workshop was a collaborative effort of NYSNA’s nursing and labor educators.
“NYSNA is entering a new, exciting time in nursing and healthcare,” said Tracey Kavanagh, RN, an elected leader on NYSNA's Board of Directors. “NYSNA is currently attempting to meet educational needs of their members with Educational Days like this one.” Tracey talked about the role NYSNA has played in responding to Hurricane Sandy and keeping Brooklyn hospitals open for care.
Queens nurses from HHC and the private sector are getting together again on April 29. To join us, ask your NYSNA delegate or rep for more details.
NYSNA leaders are coming from all over the state for our Congress of Bargaining Unit Leaders and Lobby Day, April 15 and 16. Congress is the place where NYSNA leaders share strategies to win strong contracts, defend good benefits, take on staffing, and improve patient care. The next day, we’ll tell our lawmakers about why we need safe staffing.
To register for Congress, talk to your NYSNA delegate or rep. CLICK HERE to register for the April 16 Lobby Day.
Jill Furillo, RN,
NYSNA Executive Director
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for hundreds of thousands of frontline nurses. We are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.