Buffalo VAMC RNs will protest delays by VA leadership in supporting nurses who are committed to providing our veterans with the highest quality care.
Registered nurses who work at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Buffalo, NY, will hold a protest on August 2 to highlight their patient safety concerns, including understaffing, nurses working up to 20 hours and management inaction in the face of these issues, National Nurses United (NNU) announced today.
“As nurses, we take pride in caring for our patients, but we cannot provide the care they need and deserve when we are understaffed,” said Nicole White, RN, an executive. of the NNU. “Management urgently needs to address this issue to improve patient care, reduce nurse fatigue, and improve recruitment and retention of nurses at our facility. Long shifts are not a long term solution.
- Who: AI at Buffalo VAMC
- What: Demonstration for safe staffing and patient care
- When: Tuesday, August 2 at 7 a.m.
“We’ve seen a downward spiral of nurses leaving, staffing getting worse and more nurses leaving,” said nurse practitioner Mary Brady, an NNU leader. “That’s why we need the management to accept more flexibility in the schedule of nursing staff. When management abandons nurses, it also abandons patients.
NNU represents approximately 380 registered nurses at Buffalo VAMC.
National Nurses United is the largest and fastest growing union and professional association for registered nurses in the United States, with more than 175,000 members nationwide.