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Front Line Health Care Workers Take Part In A ‘Brooklyn Bridge March To Remember’ On COVID Day Of Action & Awareness

Published Sunday, August 8, 2021
by NYSNA News
Front Line Health Care Workers Take Part In A ‘Brooklyn Bridge March To Remember’ On COVID Day Of Action & Awareness

(BROOKLYN AND NEW YORK, NEW YORK) - New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)-represented Nurses and Health Care Professionals gathered on Saturday (August 7th) to honor their fallen colleagues and patients and to call for life-saving investment and stronger Workplace Safety Measures.

The Front Line Health Care Workers joined with community members, Essential Workers and COVID survivors at the COVID March to Remember on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Front Line Healthcare Workers saved thousands of lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic and lost many of their colleagues and loved ones to COVID in the process.  Dozens of NYSNA Members and Retirees also lost their lives to COVID-19.

Nurses continue to care for COVID-19 patients and many are experiencing the symptoms of long COVID, as well as the mental health strains and fatigue of working non-stop throughout the pandemic.

On Saturday, Nurses called attention to the continued need for proper infection control and enhanced health and safety protocols for Essential Workers in New York State’s Healthcare Facilities, particularly as they face a potential third wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Nurses also emphasized the increased need for mental health resources for our communities and the State’s Health Care Workforce.

Nurses were also joined by COVID survivors in advocating for improvements to New York’s Workers’ Compensation System.

“We are (marched) to remember our brave Members who lost their battle with COVID-19 and those who continue to struggle with its long-term effects,” NYSNA President Nancy Hagans said. “We honor their legacy whenever we fight for quality care for our patients and safe working conditions for our Nurses and Health Care Professionals.”

NYSNA First Vice President, Judith Cutchin said: “The COVID Pandemic has taken an enormous toll, taking too many of our loved ones too soon.  The pandemic has had an outsized impact in New York City, in the lives of our Front Line and Essential Workers, and in our Communities of Color - and it continues to do so today.  It’s so important that we come together to remember, to heal and to continue doing all we can to end this pandemic.”

NYSNA represents more than 42,000 Members across the state and is New York’s largest Union and Professional Association for Registered Nurses.

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