Dear NYSNA Nurse,
Over the past week, nurses continued to mobilize across the state to protect care for our patients. Here are some of the highlights:
NYSNA submitted letters of support for the 550 Rural/Metro EMTs and paramedics in Buffalo, NY, represented by Teamsters Local 375.
While Rural/Metro is busy managing its bottom line, putting profits before patients, the 550 EMTs and paramedics of this bargaining unit are busy answering more than 120,000 calls annually — and saving countless lives.
These first responders have given a strike notice to their for-profit employer, after stalled negotiations.
As RNs, we understand how difficult it is to do our jobs when private-owned equity firms see profit margins, instead of patients in need, and we fully support these caregivers.
HHC nurses save countless lives every day in our public hospital system. And three HHC facilities have been recognized recently for outstanding quality care:
Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home just received the highest score in New York State, in a review of critical quality measures at all of the state’s 629 nursing homes.
Brooklyn’s Coney Island Hospital and Woodhull Medical Center were recently recognized for excellence and superior clinical outcomes in women’s health.
Healthgrades, a national organization that helps consumers evaluate and compare hospital outcomes, graded Coney Island as a top performer in maternity care and gave Woodhull top marks for its GYN surgery.
Coney Island RNs leafleted to alert the community to the hospital’s plan to replace RNs with physician assistants and care managers in clinics.
The plan, slated to begin July 10, would mean that outpatients may not be seen by a registered nurse.
The RNs handed out fliers on their lunch breaks urging the community to call hospital executives to tell them that, “I deserve a nurse when I come here for care. Make sure there’s a nurse to care for me in Ambulatory Care.”
Yesterday, we took our fight to save Long Island College Hospital straight to SUNY. We held a demonstration outside of SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s NYC office, calling on SUNY to immediately end the unlawful and unsafe ambulance diversion, commit to keeping LICH open for care, and fully staff the hospital.
The demonstration swelled to more than 200 nurses, caregivers, patients, elected leaders, and community supporters. Fifteen protesters were arrested for standing up against hospital closures and for refusing to leave until SUNY committed to keeping LICH open for care. Arrestees included heroic LICH nurses, 1199SEIU caregivers, NYSNA President-Elect Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, NYSNA Executive Director Jill Furillo, and a representative of the Cobble Hill Association.
City Council Member Stephen Levin and NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who helped deliver a petition with more than 7,000 signatures to the Chancellor’s office, were also arrested. Elected leaders and mayoral hopefuls from throughout the city came out to show their support for Brooklyn patients and nurses, including Comptroller John Liu, Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner, and City Council Member Letitia James, and a representative from Speaker Christine Quinn’s office.
Earlier this week, nurses joined caregivers, patients, and elected leaders for a rally in front of Gov. Cuomo’s office in Manhattan and called on the State to make a commitment to keep all Brooklyn hospitals open for care. Press included NY1 and Patch.
REMINDER: A weekly rally to save Interfaith is held each Tuesday at the King Emmanuel Baptist Church on Malcolm X Boulevard.
A recent vigil for patient care at Westchester Medical Center got CEO Michael Israel’s attention — and he has agreed to meet with LBU executive committee members to discuss the unacceptable model of care at the hospital.
The hospital laid off more than 140 skilled healthcare workers last November, and has forced nursing staff to cover areas outside their scope-of-practice. As a result, nurses filed more than 3,000 POAs in 2012 and 2,000 (so far) in 2013, to protect their licenses and patient care.
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.