Listen to Your Nurses: We Need Relief on the Front Lines

I have worked as a pediatric ICU nurse at Westchester Medical Center for more than seven years. Patients from a five-county region come to our hospital, including our children’s hospital and level I trauma center. We provide intensive and specialty care to some of the most vulnerable patient populations. Understaffing is a long-standing issue in nursing that has only been exacerbated since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. With understaffed [...]

February 24th, 2022|

‘Nurses Have Finally Learned What They’re Worth’

In the early morning on Mother’s Day in 2020, Solomon Barraza walked into an intensive-care unit in Amarillo, Texas, and, with the fluorescent lights clicking on above him after the night shift, flipped through the stack of papers attached to a gray clipboard — his roster of patients and nurses for the day. Barraza, who was 30 at the time, had only recently become a charge nurse at Northwest Texas [...]

February 15th, 2022|

The Votes Are In: Milford Nurses Vote to Unionize

Nurses at Milford Regional Medical Center have unionized. “We are overjoyed. We are so happy and so proud,” said Karen Kerr, a nurse on one of the hospital’s COVID-19 floors. “We’re looking forward to all working together now.” The National Labor Relations Board tallied the votes Monday, and a representative from the Massachusetts Nurses Association released the final count as nurses from the hospital celebrated on Zoom. The vote was 256 [...]

February 22nd, 2021|
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