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Safe-Staffing Rally To Be Held In Southern Tier On Friday/NYSNA-Represented Nurses To Participate In Olean Event To Focus Public Spotlight On Need To Pass Legislation

Published Wednesday, November 14, 2012 11:00 am
by NYSNA Statewide Newswire

(OLEAN) – On Friday (November 16th), New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)-Represented Nurses from Olean General Hospital and from across Western New York will hold a Rally to publicly ask the question: Will a Registered Nurse be there when you need one?

The Registered Nurses (RNs) want to make sure this is a question their Patients will never have to ask and this is why they’re seeking the Southern Tier Community’s support for the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act – proposed State Legislation that would limit the Number of Patients a Nurse can be forced to care for at one time.

To show State Officials in Albany how important it is to have Safe Staffing, Nurses - along with Advocates from other Local Organizations that support Quality Health Care - will hold a Rally from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Lincoln Park.  The Nurses are also inviting Area Residents to attend, and participants have been encouraged to wear Red T-Shirts or Sweatshirts.

Both Republicans and Democrats in Albany are pushing to pass the Legislation during the upcoming Legislative Session because the need has never been more urgent.

Nurses in many Hospitals throughout New York State report they’re being forced to care for as many as 10 or more Patients at a time - which is far too many, according to the NYSNA, which represents the interests of the State’s 200,000 RNs.

Research has shown that when there aren’t enough Nurses, it is their Patients who pay the price – in more Falls, Infections, even Death. 

Studies have shown the Law could actually help Hospitals and Nursing Homes save money – by cutting down on Falls, Re-Admissions, Infections and Deaths.

NYSNA believes limits on RN-To-Patient Staffing are important because they can save Patient’s lives and that Patients deserve a guarantee that when they need a Nurse, they’ll get one.

The New York State Nurses Association - The Voice For Nursing In The Empire State – represents 37,000 Members and is New York’s Largest Professional Association and Union for RNs.  NYSNA also represents some All-Professional Bargaining Units in New York and New Jersey and supports Nurses and Nursing Practice through Education, Research, Legislative Advocacy and Collective Bargaining.

WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: In late October, Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper reported on the Safe-Staffing Issue that involved anothe Rally that was held outside Buffalo General Hospital, which carried the Headline: Unionized Health Care Workers In Buffalo Help Send Statewide Message That Safe-Staffing Saves Lives… Across New York State, Union-Represented Health Care Workers Hit The Streets To Demand Safe-Staffing For Quality Patient Care/Nearly 400 Hold Informational Picket Outside Buffalo General Hospital In City’s Growing Medical Corridor.  The WNYLaborToday.com Labor News Report can be directly accessed at: http://www.wnylabortoday.com/news/2012/10/25/buffalo-afl-cio-clc/unionized-health-care-workers-in-buffalo-help-send-statewide-message-that-safe-staffing-saves-lives/

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