Dear NYSNA Nurse,
New York State lawmakers are wrapping up for the year in just three days — and some of them have just introduced a dangerous proposal to let Wall St. and for-profit hospitals chains take over Brooklyn hospitals.
There’s no question that many Brooklyn hospitals are in danger of closing and need help. But a for-profit takeover is not the answer!
Wall St. and private equity have taken over hospitals in states like Arizona, North Carolina, and Arkansas. Here’s what happens: they cut services. They cut staff. Wait times go through the roof. And patient deaths spike — according to a study from Duke University hospital.
Wall Street is hoping to sneak through this proposal at the last minute, with no public discussion or debate.
If enough of our lawmakers hear from us and our patients, we can stop this dangerous experiment.
Join us on Wednesday, June 19 for our Statewide Day of Action to stop the Wall St. takeover.
In Brooklyn — ground zero for Wall Street’s gamble — we’ll rally at Noon at LICH, 339 Hicks St.
Statewide, we’ll be calling our lawmakers to tell them to say NO to a Wall Street takeover.
CLICK HERE to download the flier and start spreading the word. And please participate in our rally or call-in day this Wednesday.
There’s no time to waste. The legislative session will be over by Thursday. The future of our hospitals is being decided now.
Our week started with a powerful march and rally on Saturday in Bed-Stuy. Hundreds of us marched with 1199SEIU, Bed-Stuy leaders like Robert Cornegy, New York Communities for Change, the Commission on the Public’s Health System, and City Council Speaker Chris Quinn to save Interfaith Medical Center.
We need a moratorium on all hospital closures in Brooklyn. And we’re working with state and federal officials for real financial solutions that put patients before profits.
And our fight continues this week. First on Tuesday night from 6 to 8 PM, with a Brooklyn member meeting at LICH, 339 Hicks St. We’ll talk strategy in our fight for a moratorium — and we welcome all Brooklyn nurses to attend.
Then we’ll rally to keep LICH open for care at Noon, Wednesday, June 19, in front of LICH (339 Hicks St.). Join us!
“We have the greatest public hospital system in the country — and it’s powered by us!” That's the message Anne Bové, RN, shared with thousands of working New Yorkers at a monster rally at City Hall last week.
“Nothing will stop us from going above and beyond for our patients, even under the most difficult conditions.” You can see an album of photos from event HERE.
Mayor Bloomberg has disrespected working New Yorkers, HHC nurses, and our patients for too long.
Our message to the Mayor is simple: support safe nurse staffing levels in all NYC hospitals. Nothing will stop us from getting our message out to Bloomberg. And if he won’t listen to us, we’ll make sure the next mayor will.
Sign and share the ONLINE PETITION to this Mayor (and the next one) for safe staffing in all NYC hospitals.
Buses of members went up to Albany again and again last week. And our voice in the state capital has never been stronger.
We came from Montefiore, St. Luke’s Roosevelt, LICH, Interfaith, and more hospitals — to fight for Safe Staffing and to stop the for-profit takeover of our hospitals.
And our visits worked. We picked up more sponsors for Safe Staffing. And many legislators are starting to raise doubts about the plan to let private equity and Wall Street hijack New York patient care.
Administrators at St. Joseph’s are making poor decisions that could put Yonkers patients at risk. We are fighting for fair and reasonable working conditions that will help St. Joe’s recruit and retain nurses in our community.
We spent Saturday talking to patients and community members. CLICK HERE to see photos from our action on Facebook — and Like & Share to show your support!
Congress is honoring HHC nurses for our heroism during Hurricane Sandy.
“When touring Bellevue after the storm, I was struck by the devastating damage to its physical structure and valuable technological equipment, but I also had the privilege to meet HHC staff members who performed extraordinary acts of bravery in the service of patients who were most vulnerable at the time the storm hit,” said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney.
CLICK HERE to read the full report from the Congressional Record.
NYSNA’s New York City office has moved. We’re no longer “occupying” Wall Street. Now we’re much closer to Penn Station.
Our new address is 131 W 33rd. St., Fourth Floor, NY NY 10001. Our phone number is the same: 212.785.0157.
Our new office has much improved meeting space. I hope to see you there soon!
4,149 of us Like NYSNA on Facebook. That’s a lot of nurse power!
We’re using social media tools like Facebook more than ever before to advocate for our patients — and to let each other know about actions we can take to resolve issues in our workplace, and to win Safe Staffing.
‘Like’ NYSNA on Facebook today!
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.