Finally that hospital came to its senses about RN staffing. Probably didnt want the publicity of an RN strike in the midst of all the other negative publicity its been getting about poor pt care lately either......
For Immediate Release
by Mark Genovese: 518.782.9400, ext. 353
Mount Sinai Nurses Approve New Contract:
Agreement will create a safer working environment -
New York, NY, May 16, 2002 - Registered nurses at The Mount Sinai Hospital approved a new three-year contract Wednesday night that will help improve RN staffing and create a safer environment for patient care. The 1,973 RNs are members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). Their previous contract expired on January 1.
Under the new agreement, a committee made up of an equal number of representatives from the union and management will be established to review staffing standards and develop staffing guidelines for each unit in the hospital. If the committee cannot reach agreement or if hospital fails to adhere to these guidelines, the nurses can take the matter to binding arbitration. Other provisions of this contract include:
* Restricting mandatory overtime -
An RN cannot be mandated for what is a foreseeable hole in the schedule and schedules must be posted four weeks in advance. Once posted, the schedule cannot be changed without mutual consent between the hospital and the employee.
* Limiting "floating" -
The contract restricts the temporary transfer of nurses outside of their units to other clinical practice areas-a practice called "floating." The nurses cannot be floated unless there is appropriate orientation. The assignment must be based on the needs of the patients and the skills, experience, and knowledge of the nurse.
* Increasing compensation -
The nurses will receive a salary increase of 2% upon ratification, 3% in February 2003, and 4% in July 2004, and will be paid a starting salary of $62,232.91 by July 4, 2004. They will also receive increases in experience pay and in evening and night differentials.
* Expanding 12-hour shifts -
This contract makes 12-hour shifts available to most inpatient units in the hospital. Many RNs prefer working 12-hour shifts because they provide more time off for family responsibilities and furthering their education. Many RNs who commute from longer distances to work in Manhattan say the three-day work-week is more manageable for them. In addition, NYSNA also believes 12-hour shifts provide better continuity of patient care throughout the day.
* Providing retirement health coverage -
Registered nurses' jobs are physically demanding and regularly place them at risk of exposure to disease. Many RNs would retire earlier than age 65, but they can't afford health insurance. This contract would make health coverage available during a three-month "window" at the end of each year to retiring nurses age 62 with 10 years service, and would be available even after they become eligible for Medicare.
This new agreement will expire on January 1, 2005.
NYSNA is the professional association for registered nurses in New York with more than 34,000 members statewide. A multipurpose organization, NYSNA fosters high standards of nursing education and practice and works to advance the profession through legislative activity and collective bargaining. NYSNA is a constituent of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and its labor arm, the United American Nurses (UAN), an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.