<<the doctors at New York's Mt. Sinai hospital beat his cancer, but lost the battle........ The Health Department says Mt. Sinai "did not have... personnel sufficient to meet patient care needs." That was also one of the Steins' main complaints......."I should be here just holding my child, helping him through it," says Caroline Stein, Toby's mother. "I shouldn't be responsible for the breakdown of equipment. Nurses should be here more often.">>
Right.... So what does this mean... the Doctors are the only ones who took care of that child? The Nurses are the ones who get blamed for his death?..... and the hospital STILL denies it has a problem with staffing. Its not fair to us - we get left holding the bag - we get preceived as being the problem because we cant get to the pts room more often. We are human - we can only be in one place at a time. The nurses have been fighting that administration to correct the problem for many months now & the hospital is fighting back - claiming the staffing has little impact on pt care & is not a problem. The familys anger should be directed at the hospital that refuses to put more of us there at all.......
layoffs at Mt Sinai have drawn fire from union nurses at the facility, who plan an informational picket in protest to what the NYSNA is calling "a threat to patient care".... NYSNA nurses at Mt Sinai are currently in contract negotiations and are attempting to develop solutions to the hospital's staffing problems but the management refuses to acknowledge any staffing dilemmas and continued with its plan to cut an estimated 450 positions as well as eliminating vacant RN positions....
***hospital leaders said the workforce reductions would have a 'MINIMAL IMPACT on bedside caregiving' and would enable the hospital to save approximately $25 million per year.***
The facility also said the action would 'provide savings that will significantly reduce the hospital's current deficit and help meet Mt Sinai's long-term goal of achieving a strong financial platform'.
The workforce reductions include management and staff, the hospital said, and were made in response to recommendations by the Hunter Group, a healthcare financial consulting group retained by the Mt Sinai Board of Trustees in 2001 to help the medical center address financial shortcomings."
(Advance For Nurses - NY/NJ edition)>>
"Nurses Dish The Dirt On Mt Sinai"
March 31, 2002