NYSNA-Represented Nurses ‘Warn Of Danger To Their Patients’ At New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Because Of Understaffing
(CORTLAND MANOR, NEW YORK) - Nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital (NYP-HVH) held an informational picket in front of the hospital just before Thanksgiving to draw attention to conditions at the facility. The Nurses, represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), say their patients are at risk due to understaffing.
Joined by elected officials and community activists, the Nurses gathered at the hospital to speak out against the unsafe staffing and patient wait times throughout the hospital during the informational picket.
Nurses say ICU patients are at risk because “an RN may be assigned four patients, instead of the safe, professional staffing standard of one or two patients per Nurse” according to NYSNA.
In the Emergency Room, patients are held for hours, even days, they said.
On the Labor and Delivery night shift, there are often only two Nurses working when there should be five, putting mothers and babies at risk, the Nurses said.
Nurses want a greater voice in safe patient care, but have faced intimidation instead, Union Officials said.
NYP-HVH Administration continues to interfere with the Nurses’ Union Rights - from illegally firing a Union Activist Nurse at the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic, to harassing Nurses for distributing Union literature outside the hospital - a right protected by Federal Labor Law.
Renee Mauro, RN, a 25-year veteran Nurse at NYP-HVH said: “This is supposed to be a magnet hospital where Nurses’ voices are respected and heard and where quality patient care is the top priority. Nurses will continue to speak out when we believe patient safety is at risk and we will continue to fight to make this hospital the best it can be.”
NYP-HVH Nurses declared they are united in demanding safe staffing for their patients and a real plan to recruit and retain nurses, said NYSNA, which represents more than 42,000 Members across New York State.
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