For Immediate Release
Contact: Bernadette Ellorin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 347.947.0671
BRONX, NY, May 15, 2013 — Nurses at Jacobi Medical Center held a rally in front of their hospital today calling on Mayor Bloomberg and hospital administrators to adequately staff Jacobi and other city hospitals in order to ensure quality patient care for New Yorkers.
Jacobi Medical Center is part of the 11-hospital public healthcare system known as the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation or HHC.
“In HHC, no patient is turned away. Our city hospitals are our safety net, but Mayor Bloomberg is poking holes in that net,” states Sean Petty, Jacobi RN and a board member of the New York State Nurses Association. “New Yorkers in need of immediate emergency care are being made to wait too long in the ER to be admitted because of lack of nursing staff, and ER nurses are having to handle 9, 10, or more patients at a time. This isn’t safe. Mayor Bloomberg has the authority to make sure our city hospitals are adequately staffed in order to provide the best possible care to all New Yorkers in need.”
Jacobi RNs are escalating their fight and will join their fellow Bronx-based HHC nurses from Lincoln Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, and the rest of the 5 boroughs on May 21 in Albany to rally and lobby for Safe RN Staffing legislation that would require minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals at HHC and across the state.
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