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Union Nurses Rally In New York City For Legislation To Increase Staffing Levels – Buffalo CWA Leader Deb Hayes Testifies: “Feeling Of Sadness Overcomes (Health Care Workers) When They Can’t Do The Job They Were Hired To Do.”

Published Thursday, October 24, 2019
by Anna Sanders/New York Daily News
Union Nurses Rally In New York City For Legislation To Increase Staffing Levels – Buffalo CWA Leader Deb Hayes Testifies: “Feeling Of Sadness Overcomes (Health Care Workers) When They Can’t Do The Job They Were Hired To Do.”

(NEW YORK CITY) - Nurses rallied in Manhattan on Tuesday (October 22nd) for the New York State Health Care System to establish higher Patient-To-Staff Ratios.  The Nurses and Health Care Workers pointed out that studies show adequate staffing decreases patient complications and death - and they want a legislative or regulatory solution.

“Not just for us - but the patients that we serve,” said Alizia McMyers, a Registered Nurse (RN) who’s worked at Harlem Hospital for 27 years. “We need Safe Staffing Ratios - it saves lives.”

Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 Area Director Debbie Hayes – an RN in Buffalo, testified at a State hearing, saying Nurses and Health Care Workers worry about ensuring care for all patients and described “the feeling of sadness that overcomes them when they can’t do the job they were hired to do.”

“They’re going to their cars and crying before they can drive home,” Hayes (pictured above, giving testimony) said.

The rally with the CWA, the Public Employees Federation (PEF) and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) was held outside a State Department of Health hearing on a study the agency will conduct to examine how staffing increases can improve patient safety and the quality of care in hospitals and nursing homes.

“The time is now to make sure that we have Nurse-Patient Ratios and enough Support Staff in our hospitals to get the job done - before one more patient dies, before one more patient gets hurt, before one more Nurse quits her job,” Hayes said.

Comptroller Scott Stringer agreed: “I am sick and tired of having to come to rallies to simply say, ‘Let us respect the human beings who help other human beings.’”

A State Department of Health spokeswoman said they would use comments from the hearing "to help inform our report which will be ready by the end of the year.”

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-new-york-nurses-rally-increased-staffing-levels-patient-ratio-20191022-nnccegpzlbbrvnwdghpkpxqyba-story.html?fbclid=IwAR3AJkSGQlZwMdfqkNUjPvRBb2FAU651ymZYyiMkc6a_gManhng6nqIXB8c

To Listen To CWA Director Hayes’ Testimony, Go To: www.facebook.com/kirk.laubenstein/videos/10157458610278280/

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