NYC Hospitals Prepare For Nurse Strike: Negotiations to keep about 10,000 nurses in New York City from going on strike went into their last weekend. However, some significant hospitals were already preparing for a strike on Friday by sending ambulances elsewhere, moving some patients, especially vulnerable newborns.
Some private hospitals, like Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, which have more than 1,000 beds, could start the walkout early on Monday. Nearly three years into the coronavirus pandemic, they and a few other hospitals are negotiating with nurses who want pay raises and an end to what they say are unworkable staffing shortages.
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“New York City hospitals have broken our trust by not having enough staff for years, and this problem has only gotten worse since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” said the head of the nurses’ union, Nancy Hagans, at a news conference on Friday.
“It’s time for them to come to the table and give the nurses and our patients the safe staffing standards they deserve.” Fran Cartwright, in charge of nursing at Mount Sinai, said that nurses are being stretched too thin. But she said the pandemic was making people’s lives harder at work, home, and everywhere else.
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