Dear NYSNA Member,
It’s Day 12 of chaos in Brooklyn ERs.
ERs are over-crowded, patients are waiting too long, and we are working severely short-staffed.
The whole crisis is unnecessary and artificial, caused by SUNY’s diversion of ambulances from Long Island College Hospital (LICH). SUNY is flouting a court order to keep the hospital open and staffed. On Thursday, the New York State Supreme Court indicated that they will appoint William C. Thompson, Sr. as special master of LICH. And another judge weighed in the same day, and demanded that SUNY honor the commitment it made to keep the hospital open.
LICH is open for care, and we are seeing walk-in patients every day in the ER — with the lowest wait times in Brooklyn.
LICH is open for care because so many of us have taken action again and again to stop SUNY from closing it. And we are going to need to keep it up.
Join our Brooklyn hospitals rapid response team. Text “Brooklyn” to 877-877 and we’ll send you a text before our next action.
NYSNA is joining with nurses throughout the U.S. and Canada to call on President Obama to reject a pipeline that could wreck our environment, cause more storms like Sandy, and hurt the health of millions of New Yorkers and people around the world.
As nurses, we saw first-hand the terrible impact of Hurricane Sandy. So many of us helped with disaster recovery in the Rockaways, Red Hook, Coney Island, and Staten Island. We met so many people stuck in their homes without their medication, their nebulizers, or access to basic medical care.
If we don’t take action to stop climate change now, we are going to see more storms like Sandy. More tornadoes like the deadly ones in Oklahoma. And more pollution and more respiratory diseases, too: the pipeline will tap the tar sands — the dirtiest of all oil reserves.
These changes will have a devastating impact on our patients — and our practice, too. Sandy exposed dangerous gaps in our healthcare system — the result of years of cuts.
Find out more about the Keystone XL pipeline, and what communities across the world are doing to fight catastrophic climate change at 350.org.
Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network joined us and 1199SEIU at a huge meeting at King Emmanuel Baptist Church last Tuesday to keep Interfaith open for care. And we vowed to come back EVERY TUESDAY until the future of Bed-Stuy’s only hospital is secure.
We won a victory last week at Interfaith Medical Center (IMC), when Department of Health officials contacted Interfaith and told them that Interfaith should not be closed.
THIS STORY from DNAinfo quotes our own Linda O’Neil, who was born at Interfaith and works at LICH. Linda is one of thousands of NYSNA members fighting for a moratorium on all Brooklyn hospital closures.
We’ll be back at King Emmanuel Baptist TONIGHT — Tuesday, July 2, at 7:00 PM, at 342 Malcolm X Blvd, Brooklyn.
If you want to know what private equity would do to our hospitals, look to Western New York EMTs. A private equity firm took over Rural/Metro Medical Services, and they’re trying to pad their profits by cutting healthcare and wages for EMTs.
This legislative session we defeated multiple bills that would have let private equity firms take over our hospitals. That would have been a disaster. Private equity firms act like real estate “flippers”: They slash jobs. Cut care. Take on massive debt. And pocket the profits — and leave communities in ruins.
The EMTs, members of Teamsters Local 375, are fighting back to protect their jobs and their patients. “When you have a private equity firm involved in attempting to control the outcome of contract negotiations, they are more concerned with profits than public safety,” said Local 375 President Kevin Drysdale. Read more HERE.
Olean nurses are uniting to win a strong contract that protects us and our patients.
And our community is paying attention. Our NYSNA group won Best Team Spirit in a 5k run-walk race last week in Olean.
Our team spirit is unstoppable — because we are driven by a commitment to advocate for our patients. CLICK HERE to Like and Share a picture of our team on Facebook.
The legislative session is over in Albany. Our fight to win Safe Staffing in the next session begins now.
Across the state, we’re collecting stories from patients who had to wait too long or suffered an adverse outcome because of unsafe staffing. We’ll share the most powerful stories with the press.
Do you have a friend or family member who needs to tell their story in the media? Send an e-mail to Dan Lutz in our Communications Department at email@example.com.
This year’s NYSNA Convention will be like one you’ve never seen before.
We’re bringing nurses and labor experts from across the country and the world to share strategies to:
- Beat back the corporate attack on patient care.
- Defend our practice from de-skilling and new technology.
- Win safe staffing and single payer healthcare.
And we’ll be taking action to defend our HHC system from a billionaire mayor who won’t listen to patients and nurses.
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 18 in NYC. I’ll send you more info very soon.
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.