"You Could Get a Fistfight Started": Nurses in New York Threaten to Strike over Staffing Levels

April 3, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Health System


What's the news. Nurses at three of New York's largest hospital systems are threatening to strike over staffing levels, according to a March 30, 2019, article in the New York Times. Staffing levels are becoming an issue around the country, the Times says; the issue "could get a fistfight started in a room full of nurses," says a dean of a college of nursing.

Why this matters. Inadequate staffing levels can cause a host of interrelated problems that can lead to adverse events. If the nurses strike, the Times said, the hospitals will need to bring in thousands of replacements from around the country. Safe patient care can be compromised if organizations do not properly contract...

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