Your fellow NYPNU members are on the front line of the COVID crisis. They are facing this unprecedented situation with amazing dedication.
In its efforts to address this pandemic, the hospital has made drastic changes to units. For example, the hospital stopped doing most elective surgeries about 2 weeks ago. As a result, most perioperative units are either closed or operating with a skeleton staff. The rest of the nurses have been "redeployed" to a different division, and sometimes in a brand new unit. By the end of this week, the hospital will have opened about half a dozen totally new units to take on the incoming surge of COVID patients.
It will not surprise you to hear that your fellow NYPNU nurses are rising to the challenge. They're changing units and even changing shifts. They're also dealing with childcare/eldercare and transportation issues.
Our nurses are doing so much, and we want to make sure they have the support they need. So we're asking for help from our retirees and NYPNU members currently on a leave of absence.
We're looking for volunteers to call 8-10 NYPNU nurses who have been "redeployed" to a totally new unit. We'll provide you with a script outline, but the general idea is to find out any hardships that people are struggling with so we can try to help. We want to do whatever we can to support our amazing nurses during this crisis.
There are about 100 NYPNU nurses who have been "redeployed" and we want to speak with them all within the next few days.
Can you help?