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NYC Nurses Protest Area Hospitals Beyond Compensation And Benefits

By Kamau Austin

January 10th, 2023, nurses in New York City, continue their boycott of working conditions in 2 large New York City hospitals.  According to Channel 4 New York News, "About 3,500 Montefiore nurses and 3,625 Mount Sinai nurses went on strike at 6 a.m. Monday, potentially disrupting healthcare for thousands of New Yorkers as contract talks stall."

Nurses on the picket line told me that the major media was giving the inaccurate impressions that they were protesting for higher salaries and benefits.  
However, nurses we spoke to complained more importantly about working conditions in hospitals.

The rueful working conditions they pointed out were related to area hospitals "not hiring enough nurses" causing
 overworked nursing staff, and ultimately concerns about safety issues for patients confided some protestors.  Nurses marching outside Mount Sinai Hospital, lamented that there was unsafe conditions for both patients and nurses working within the hospitals.

This lack of staffing was causing exhausting working conditions and unsafe patient care environments.  The nurses we spoke to complained that "it wasn't about the money," they are making but - more so about unsafe and unfair working environments in the hospitals.

Nurses And Medical Staff Protesting In Front Of Mount Sinai Hospital

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The hospitals implicated were Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Hospital.  Protesting nurses and other staff were loud and energetic around Madison Avenue, and 101th Street in Manhattan, in front of Mount Sinai Hospital's uptown location.

Nurses we spoke to said that benefits and salary issues were already resolved but but issues related to lack of enough staff to handle patients and patient care were still paramount and the source of contention. Some nurses we spoke to talked about Mount Sinai's focus on lowering costs not hiring enough nurses and profit maximization. Others spoke about potential liability towards nurses given the serious over stocking of patients.

Protesters protested loudly, with passion, in musical rhythm, and subsequently later marched around Mount Sinai Hospital, in a powerful professional crescendo of care driven urban revolt.  A patient who happened to be out with the protestors, revealed "that he stayed in the emergency room of Mount Sinai Hospital a couple of months ago."

He attested to the fact that the hospital was overcrowded and nurses seemed to be pushed to the brink of professional capacity when taking care of patients.  In his view the Emergency Room, "was crowded to the point of being a traumatic place to seek and get medical care."

He conveyed he spent two days in the Emergency Room, before being moved up outside a patient room, to wait to be taken care of for a serious infection.  He also revealed the "Emergency Room seemed to be like a trauma center in a war zone."  His heart felt analogy "was in the ER it was like a scene in the old sitcom MASH!"

Nurses are first responders and very committed professionals fostering healthy care for sick patients.  It takes a special person to be a nurse or medical professional.  These are "salt of the earth" type people who desire good working conditions for them and the patients they serve.  We wish the nurses the best in their protests for better working conditions, more future hiring to increase staff, and a better managed patient care treatment scenario in area hospitals.

Writer's Bio:  Writer Kamau Austin, is the award winning Publisher of the Black News Scoop, The Southeast Queens Scoop, and Scoop Publications, a division of AMS Digital Media.  He is a long time activist, entrepreneur, and author.

Austin has been featured in Black Enterprise, Fortune Magazine Small Business, CNN, radio, cable, and countless newspapers and blog sites.

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