Ever feel like youre on a merry-go-round that wont stop???
Everybody in the world is talking about the "shortage" of nurses & healthcare workers who are willing to work in hospitals and now, at the same time, nurses & healthcare workers are being laid off. What the heck is going on????????
For immediate release:
Mount Sinai Nurses
to Protest LAYOFFS!
Picketing on Thursday, March 21
NEW YORK, March 14, 2002 - Proposed layoffs at The Mount Sinai Hospital will further threaten patient care, according to the facility's registered nurses. As a result, the nurses plan to express their frustration over this situation with an informational picket from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in front of the hospital on Fifth Avenue between 98th and 101st streets
Insufficient staffing has already been cited by the State Health Department as a factor in the death of a patient at the facility in January, and additional layoffs will only make matters worse, the nurses say. (See: "Mt Sinai Hit On Death" http://www.nydailynews.com/2002-03-1...sp?last6days=1
The nurses, represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), are trying through their current contract negotiations to develop solutions to the hospital's staffing problems. But management refuses to even acknowledge that there is a problem, and is continuing with its plan to cut an estimated 450 positions.
So far, 15 registered nurse positions have been eliminated and NYSNA anticipates there will be more. An entire unit has already been shut down, a move that NYSNA believes is the result of irresponsible cost cutting that has no regard for the needs of patients.
Furthermore, despite management's public assertion that few of the proposed layoffs would involve direct patient care, NYSNA contends that staff cuts in areas such as housekeeping would leave responsibility for their duties in the hands of registered nurses. This, in turn would further draw RNs away from their bedside patient care duties.
NYSNA represents 1,821 RNs at the Upper East Side facility. Their most recent three-year contract expired on January 1.
With more than 33,000 members, NYSNA is the leading organization for registered nurses in New York state and is one of the largest representatives of RNs for collective bargaining in the nation. A multi-purpose organization, NYSNA fosters high standards for nursing education and practice and works to advance the profession through legislative activity.
For more information, call Mark Genovese at NYSNA (518) 782-9400, Ext. 353.>>>>
Mar 15, '02
yup - Ford Pinto - the frying pan on wheels.
I think hospital lawyers have the same policy.
Take the chance that it wont happen to everybody & if it does happen to a few, its still cheaper to just pay them some money & they'll go away.
I remember reading about a hospital in Canada (Alberta?) that did a study by having RNs run the place & saw significant improvements. Wonder what ever happened to that.
Last edit by -jt on Mar 15, '02