Rally at Staten Island University Hospital to support new legislation
This past Sunday, dozens of nurses at New York’s Staten Island University Hospital rallied during the “Safe Staffing Day of Action” in Ocean Breeze, NY.
The nurses, members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), are calling on lawmakers in Albany to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act. NYSNA nurses are fighting to increase staffing in units they say are understaffed.
According to NYSNA the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act will do the following:
- Make sure there are enough nurses at the bedside of patients
- Set a cap on the number of patients a nurse is responsible for at any given time
- Establish safe nurse-to-patient ratios in all of New York Hospitals
- Require hospitals to staff nurses in the specific unit for which they are trained
- Require hospitals to be more transparent
“Ask any nurse, and they will tell stories of having to care for 10, 11, 12 patients at a time, and for some nurses that number is even higher,” said Maddalena Spero, recovery room registered nurse, NYSNA.
“Nurses don’t have the ability to hold a patient’s hand, comfort a family member, or take a few minute break. The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act guarantees professional RN [registered nurse] staffing levels at all New York hospitals—one standard of quality care for our patients.”
SOURCE: Staten Island Live