FORMS THAT COME TO YOUR AID:
- Protest of Assignment (POA) Form – Printable PDF
- Protest of Assignment (POA) Form – Electronic Submission
- Instructional Mandatory Overtime for Nurses Complaint
- Mandatory Overtime for Nurses Complaint Form (MOT)
- Infection Control Training Syllabus Update – Addition of New Sepsis Element
- Opioid Overdose Prevention Training
– Julie Hutchinson MPA, BSN, RN3, Community Health Nurse, Nurse Educator Representing PEF SWNC, from Region 3, OASAS/NYSDOH//DCJS Certified OOP Instructor
PEF nurses, EMS staff rally for pay equity, respect, staff retention and to support union lawsuit
The sun was shining down as PEF nurses, EMS workers and their supporters rallied outside SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital, raising signs emblazoned with “Safe Staffing for Nurses,” “Can’t Retain Nurses, Can’t Maintain Safety,” “Protect Quality Nursing Care,” and “Union Strong.”
PEF President Wayne Spence and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten called for respect and dignity for nurses; highlighted staffing, retention and pay inequity issues; and talked about union efforts to push SUNY administration to recruit and retain qualified staff. READ MORE • CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RALLY POSTER SEEN AT RIGHT
PEF nurses learn about workplace bullying, building health and safety committees during conference day
Health and safety, bullying in the workplace, and labor management took center stage at a conference for PEF nurses held Monday, April 29, at PEF headquarters in Latham.
Statewide Nurses Committee (SWNC) Co-Chairs Carolyn Cole, a community mental health nurse with OPWDD in Region 5, and Nora Higgins, a teaching and research nurse 2 at SUNY Stony Brook Hospital and Region 12 coordinator, kicked off the conference by having attendees fill out and hand in PEF recommitment cards.
In the aftermath of the Janus Supreme Court decision, “we are higher in our numbers than before,” Higgins said. “But there are several more cases in the pipeline.” Signing the recommitment cards builds power to bring to the collective bargaining table, the co-chairs said.
“Thank you for the commitment,” Cole said. “I’ve been a pretty strong advocate for a few years,” she added, drawing some laughs. “I’m tired of nurses being pushed aside. We’re in a profession that took a long time to be recognized as a profession. I’ll be damned if we’re pushed aside.” READ MORE
Members give lawmakers glimpse of harsh realities for nurses
Fifty PEF nurses and other health care professionals gave state legislators and their aides a stunning look at just how dangerous and challenging it is to provide quality health care to New Yorkers in state facilities and programs.
The members traveled to Albany to meet with members of the state Assembly and Senate April 30 and raise awareness of the increasingly desperate conditions many of them face in trying to provide quality care.
The nurses detailed a wide range of serious problems that are all rooted in unsafe staffing levels, often so low that when a nurse is attacked and calls for immediate help, there’s no one to respond. It may take three or more alarms (called a “Code Blue”) before anyone can come to their rescue. READ MORE