NYSNA-Represented Nurses ‘Honor Their Fallen’ COVID Colleagues & Patients - Say Safe Staffing, ‘With Enough Nurses, Must Be Top 2021 Priority’ In New York State
(NEW YORK CITY) - Nurses gathered in New York City’s Greeley Square on Thursday (April 1st) to honor their fallen colleagues and patients and to call on New York State to make a life-saving investment in health care.
The Unionized Nurses, Members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), bore witness to thousands of hospitalized patients infected with COVID-19 while saying they know New York patients deserved so much more.
Many patients have died because there were not enough Bedside Nurses on the front-lines to provide life-saving care, NYSNA Officials said.
During the rally, NYSNA Nurses also called on the hospital industry to do more – saying “no more fake promises, loopholes or cutting corners” when it comes to patient care and while all work together to begin emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Nurses, who work in the most trusted profession in the United States - have a safe staffing cure to this pandemic - and they say it’s time the Hospital Industry listens and the New York State Legislature acts.
“Front Line Nurses know what's needed: transparency, accountability and a guaranteed number of Nurses for all of our patients, not meaningless flowery language,” NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, a Registered Nurse (RN) herself, said.
“Legislators must pass a Law mandating scientifically proven Nurse Ratios in hospitals and nursing homes that guarantees life-saving care for all New Yorkers,” she said.
NYSNA Executive Director Pat Kane, who is also an RN, said: “Nurses have been on the frontlines battling COVID for a year, often lacking the resources they need to properly care for their patients and protect themselves. Many of them have been infected, some suffer from ongoing complications, and others were ultimately taken from us. While we are proud to have helped save more than (150,000) New Yorkers, the reality is that many more could have been saved if we had established Safe Staffing Standards in hospitals and nursing homes before the pandemic hit. The time is now to pass laws that ensure safe patient care. This is how to truly honor the lives of those we have lost. The pandemic is not over and the time is now to pass laws that ensure safe patient care. This is how to truly honor the lives of those we have lost.”
NYSNA represents more than 42,000 Members across New York State.
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