Dear NYSNA Nurse,
The biggest action for safe staffing in New York history is happening next week — on Tuesday, May 21.
More than 1,500 NYSNA members have signed up to attend. More are signing up every day. And healthcare workers from 1199SEIU, PEF, and CWA will join us too to fight for safe staffing.
The more nurses who come to Albany on May 21, the more lawmakers we can convince to support safe staffing.
If you haven’t reserved your seat on the bus, you still have time — but not for long. CLICK HERE to save your seat on the bus today.
We’ll send you more information this week, including an itinerary for the day, bus pickup information, and more. But make sure you RSVP today and save your seat to Albany.
See you May 21!
The ED, the ICUs, and many med/surg units are under-staffed at Jacobi — and we've been filing POAs for months.
This Wednesday we’re taking our POAs to the street — and displaying them up and down Pelham Parkway.
Last summer, we rallied outside our hospital for safe staffing, and management agreed to staffing improvements. We can win better staffing again by taking our message to the public.
Join us this Wednesday, May 15, from Noon to 3:00 PM, in front of Jacobi Building 1 on Pelham Parkway.
Our contracts give us strength — but we have to enforce them. That’s why we’ve launched a program to train hundreds of NYSNA members as stewards — the first line of defense for our contract rights.
This week we trained 90 new stewards from many different hospitals upstate and downstate: Elmhurst, Metropolitan, Jacobi, Queens, Woodhull, Bellevue, NCB, Montefiore, Mount Sinai, St. Luke’s Roosevelt, Staten Island, Presbyterian, Sound Shore, Mount Vernon, Westchester Medical, St. John’s Riverside, Nyack, and more.
I want to thank the members of our Board of Directors who led the training: Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, Anthony Ciampa, and Sean Petty, along with members of NYSNA staff.
We’re just getting started building up our strength on the job. Talk to your rep to learn more about becoming a steward.
Long Island is ground zero for many of the changes facing New York healthcare — mergers, consolidation, and the corporatization of healthcare. And Long Island nurses are coming together to fight to save patient care.
I was so glad to meet more than 50 nurses from Nassau and Suffolk counties last week, at a special Nurses Week Long Island Inter-Regional meeting. We shared strategies to fight for safe staffing — and we'll be meeting regularly to continue our work. Stay tuned.
The New York City Council has issued an official proclamation honoring Bellevue nurses for our heroism during Hurricane Sandy.
“The nurses managed to help safely evacuate a 13-story hospital in the dark, which included a patient going through open heart surgery,” said Council Member Dan Garodnick. “It sounds like something out of a movie and we are extremely grateful for their efforts.” Speaker Christine Quinn joined Gardonick in presenting the honors to Bellevue nurses at City Hall.
“HHC is our city’s healthcare safety-net. We never turn a patient away,” said Anne Bové, Bellevue RN, who was at City Hall to receive the honors. “At Bellevue, Coney Island, and Coler, we evacuated more than 1,000 critical and acute care patients, through darkened corridors and stairwells. We evacuated dozens of newborns attached to ventilators. Not one patient was left behind. Not one patient died.”
Coler-Goldwater and Coney Island nurses will be honored this June. CLICK HERE to see a picture of the proclamation.
Brooklyn Borough Prez Marty Markowitz celebrated Nurses Week at LICH — with the team who kept our hospital open for care against all odds.
He was there to present us with an official proclamation honoring our work to defend healthcare access in Brooklyn.
Read the article and see the pictures on Facebook.
Mayor Bloomberg has mismanaged our city’s public resources for too long — and no one knows that better than HHC nurses. The mayor has failed to invest in adequate staffing in our HHC hospitals — threatening patient care and the future of our great public hospital system.In solidarity,
The Mayor—and the future Mayor—need to hear from us. We’re joining up with city workers to tell them:
Save the date for our rally on Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00 PM, at NYC City Hall Park. Text “HHC” to 877-877, and we’ll send you a reminder on your cell phone.
- stop cuts to healthcare and public services.
- follow safe RN staffing ratios in HHC.
- strengthen our public hospital system.
- respect all of NY’s working people.
We can make NYC work for the 99%, not the 1% — if we build a powerful movement of working people. Join us June 12.
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.