Dear NYSNA Member,
Last week, 1,300 NYSNA nurses and nursing students came to Albany and spoke to lawmakers about why we need to pass safe nurse-to-patient ratios here in New York — and more than two dozen additional Senate and Assembly members committed to support our safe staffing bill.
Over half the members of the Assembly have signed on as co-sponsors of our bill!
But the hospital industry has been hard at work, too. They’ve been telling lawmakers that they can't afford safe staffing — even though study after study has found that safe staffing actually helps hospitals save money.
They’re going to try to chip away at our support. We need to build an ironclad super-majority in both houses to support safe staffing.
That’s why we’re going to Albany on May 21. If we can get 2,000 RNs to Albany, we can convince more Assembly and Senate members to back our bill.
Join us. CLICK HERE to register today.
We are scheduling buses from all over New York State to Albany on May 21. It will be the biggest rally and lobby day for safe staffing in New York history!
Make your plans… register today.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to you, and everyone impacted by this unspeakable tragedy,” NYSNA President Patricia DiLillo, RN, wrote to our friends and colleagues in the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
“It’s no surprise that nurses responded heroically to this tragedy. As nurses, you stand ready, willing and able to serve your patients — no matter how difficult the circumstances.”
“Compassion and solidarity are at the heart of our RN movement. You display that every day, and we salute you for it. Please know New York nurses are holding you in our hearts during this difficult time. We offer our deepest sympathies — and anything we can do to help.”
All the parties to the LICH litigation have agreed to extend the temporary restraining order to keep LICH open an extra four weeks — to May 29.
That’s the new date for our court hearing in our case against SUNY and the New York Department of Health.
The order bars any further action on the LICH closure plan submitted to the Department of Health by SUNY Downstate, including any communications between SUNY and the Department of Health.
However, there had been a reduction in psychiatric services at LICH — when Brooklyn patients need the services now more than ever. We’re calling on SUNY to assure that the psych unit stays open so that Brooklyn patients receive the care they need.
Every day we keep LICH open, we save lives.
Patients, elected leaders, neighbors, small business owners, and NYSNA are going to keep building a powerful movement to keep Brooklyn hospitals like LICH and Interfaith open for care.
Our fight for safe staffing is front page news in Olean.
“The reason we went into this profession is because of the patient. But with the way the whole medical society is going, it seems to be that all hospitals are trying to do so much more with so much less,” Kris Powell, RN, told the Olean Times Herald in a front page story on Friday.
“And because the time we have with a patient for education and comforting is shorter and shorter, it concerns us that we aren’t able to give the kind of care we want to give.”
We need to build a movement in every corner of our state to win safe staffing.
We’re holding a candlelight vigil for safe staffing this Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 PM in Olean’s Lincoln Park.
We’ve all seen our hospital administrators fall for the latest “state-of-the-art” technological fad — like the Tele-ICU, where doctors hundreds of miles away watch nurses and patients through a camera and microphone.
But does this fad improve care? An article in The New York Times raises doubts.
What does work? “Nurses are the key to success in a good ICU,” a NY-Presbyterian doctor told the Times. Imagine that.
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.