NEW YORK NURSE: June/July 2012
by Bernie Mulligan
In June, a CSEA member at Erie County Medical Center was shot and killed inside the hospital by a doctor with whom she had a relationship.
The facility was placed under lock down for several hours, and the killer was eventually found, dead at his own hand.
NYSNA immediately extended condolences to CSEA, along with our desire to work with them on this issue, and received their grateful thanks.
“ECMC is a workplace with a history of violence against nurses and other healthcare workers,” said Nancy Kaleda, NYSNA’s Deputy Director.
“Despite many efforts by us, the hospital management has not taken the appropriate steps suggested by its workers, and the violent incidents and injuries continue.”
NYSNA ECMC leaders are planning a new public campaign to protect the hospital’s care givers from harm, to tell their stories to the Buffalo community and to pressure ECMC management.
“This is a reminder to all of us about the importance of facility-based health and safety committees that constantly keep the heat on management to keep patients and staff safe,” Kaleda said. “Every workplace should have members involved in this life-and-death issue.”