Our fight for safe staffing is making headlines. Here’s a sampling of stories from our Safe Staffing Day of Action:
WNYT, Newschannel 13 (NBC) Video (at 1:05 in)
“If a patient is having a stroke or a heart attack, you want a nurse who is able to give their full attention — but right now we’re stretched too thin.” — NYSNA member Kris Kolden.
News 12 Bronx Video
A group of Bronx nurses has joined thousands of other state healthcare workers in New York in the fight for safer nursing practices.
Nurses from around the state take part in a rally at West Capitol Park on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Albany, NY. Nurses and union officials held the rally to show support for state legislation concerning regulation of nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.
Albany Times Union — Capitol Confidential Blog
Nurses from around the state were back at the Capitol today, rallying and lobbying for bills that would mandate lower staffing ratios and regulations that they say would improve patient safety and reduce injuries.
More than 1,500 healthcare workers from across New York packed the West Capitol Park in Albany today for a rally in support of two bills to address the patient care crisis in this state - the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (A6571/ S3691-A), which would create safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios for acute care facilities, and the Safe Patient Handling Act (A2180-A/S1123-A), which would create a statewide safe patient handling policy.
At work, sometimes I get the opportunity to change lives. Other times, I work to change deaths. Mrs. T was dying when I walked into her life. Imminently. A 7-week aggressive course of acute cancer treatment left her body riddled with side effects and complications from a long list of interventions that never promised to cure. Everyone on the unit knew her painful stay and her family’s tireless desire to “do everything.”
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.