Hundreds of nurses descended upon Albany today to emphasize to elected officials the importance of safe staffing ratios in all of New York’s health care facilities. PEF nurses were joined by a coalition of nurses and other heath care workers as they told state Senators and Assembly Members the cold facts such as one nurse having to care for up to 25 patients, or one correctional facilities nurse whose job it is to care for hundreds of inmates. As they shared strong and compelling reasons as to why quality patient care should be a priority in the state, as it is in California, speaker after speaker reiterated that this issue will never go away until a law is passed, and that they will fight for what is right for as long as it takes.
PEF President Wayne Spence told the crowd at the convention center at the Empire State Plaza, “It took years to get the Mandatory Overtime Bill signed into law, but we did it. We will do it again with safe staffing, as long as we stand together in solidarity and have the will to persevere.”
The sponsors of the Safe Staffing Bill, Assembly Members Aileen Gunther and Richard Gottfried, commended the nurses for returning each year and said they hoped 2018 would be the year for victory. #WeAreStrongerTogether