Nurses at Buffalo's Mercy Hospital could authorize strike

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Nurses are bracing for a possible strike at a local hospital. The nurses, service, clerical and technical workers at Mercy Hospital have been working without a contract for just over a week. Full Story
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SORRY WE BELIEVED

Dunkirk, NY

#1 Jun 11, 2008
NO MORE CONCESSIONS! If it takes a strike to get a fair contract, then be prepared.
Tactical Medic

Buffalo, NY

#2 Jun 11, 2008
I support my union brothers and sisters at Buffalo Mercy. My wife works at Buffalo Mercy and the concessions that CHS want are unacceptable. I hope a YES strike is approved.
We'll be striking soon at Rural Metro, you just wait and see. Corporate greed is out of control everywhere
commonsense

Buffalo, NY

#3 Jun 11, 2008
the RNs are Mercy and St. Joes make more money than Sisters hospital. Sisters isn't unionized at all. I feel that the nursing staff there should be paid just as much if not more. They give the BEST care in the area. They are very compassionate, empathetic, understanding, and will speak up for the patient if they have questions regarding treatment. They take care of everything while the doctors see their clients for what, maybe 5 minutes and then charge them for those minutes.

CHS should wake up and make ALL pay for nurses equal and not just Mercy and St. Joes. It is disgusting how these nurses are treated.....over worked and underpaid!!!
Kevin

Buffalo, NY

#4 Jun 11, 2008
I agree about Sisters Hospital, Mercy is a mess-Patients wait in the ER for hours on end waiting for care.

CHS= All for profit at the expense at others !!
SBLO

Buffalo, NY

#5 Jun 11, 2008
Kevin wrote:
I agree about Sisters Hospital, Mercy is a mess-Patients wait in the ER for hours on end waiting for care.
CHS= All for profit at the expense at others !!
You're right...Mercy is a mess and everyone can thank the administration for that. They leave their nurses short staffed, overworked, and underpaid. Nurses are getting hurt on the job everyday and taking care of way too many patients at the expense of their own health. How can anyone expect good care for patients under these conditions?
SBLO

Buffalo, NY

#6 Jun 11, 2008
commonsense wrote:
the RNs are Mercy and St. Joes make more money than Sisters hospital. Sisters isn't unionized at all. I feel that the nursing staff there should be paid just as much if not more. They give the BEST care in the area. They are very compassionate, empathetic, understanding, and will speak up for the patient if they have questions regarding treatment. They take care of everything while the doctors see their clients for what, maybe 5 minutes and then charge them for those minutes.
CHS should wake up and make ALL pay for nurses equal and not just Mercy and St. Joes. It is disgusting how these nurses are treated.....over worked and underpaid!!!
I agree with you that nurses all across the CHS should have equal pay and benefits. You can say that Sister's is the best if you want...but isn't this statement a perfect example of why nursing is where it is...overworked, underpaid, undervalued...etc?! Nurses are too divided...if we show solidarity we might actually get somewhere!
Retired NYSDOCS Nurse

Rochester, NY

#7 Jun 11, 2008
The CEO's of many hospitals are just raking in the bucks and the perks that go with the job. All they do is walk around with clip boards trying to look busy. In the mean time the nurses, nursing assistants, cleaning/maintenance and clerical people are working their butts off for cheap money and skimpy benefits. With the shortage of Doctors in this area our nurses are pretty important and they should be taken care of. I hope that they get everything they are entitled to. GOOD LUCK LADIES AND MEN!
Jay in Hamburg

Orchard Park, NY

#8 Jun 11, 2008
Good luck to the nurses at Mercy Hospital.
Corporate greed is the downfall of capitalism.
Nurses require advanced education, most have Bachelor's degrees and some have Master's Degrees, they have horrible schedules, are expected to work holidays, weekends, etc and the physical demand of their job causes many to have back injuries.
I know that if nursing was dominated by men none of this would be the case.
Ladies, stand up and be heard! You deserve good money and good benefits!
Still In South Buffalo

Rochester, NY

#9 Jun 11, 2008
I've had both my children at Mercy, 13 1/2 yrs APART and I'll tell you - with both hospital stays, there was only ONE nurse that was a gem and truly deserved a raise. She made sure I was taken care of every single hour she was there! The other nurses on other shifts? Forget it! It wasn't like I had free insurance with either of them births. In the RARE occasions we had to go to the ER, the nurses were unattentive to the smallest requests and they were very rude and impatient to the elderly patients. They got a lot of nerve asking for more money. The hospital should be keeping a closer eye on the poor conduct of their staff. Perhaps, they have and that's why this is all happening. Oh and PS. When you go on strike, you only get a very small portion of your pay and when I say small, I mean SMALL. So the proud husband of the wife who is in the union should think twice about his finances and re think his position on supporting a strike. It would be just like them nurses to go on strike and neglect what's really important - the patients care. Wouldn't be anything different from what they're doing now!
SORRY WE BELIEVED

Dunkirk, NY

#10 Jun 11, 2008
The staff at Mercy Hospital work very hard to please every patient they can. Our ER does have a bad reputation, but what else would you expect. It is the busiest ER in WNY proven and too small and understaffed like the rest of the hospital. Staffing is one of the significant issues unresolved and part of the reason for a strike vote. We are not just doing this for ourselves, but our patients as well. As for still in South Buffalo, my son was born at mercy and had one good nurse and one bad, and I work there. That is just a gamble like any other hospital. My sister had three children at sisters, all with different experiences. Things need to improve for the staff and patients at all hospitals, we are just trying to do what we can here.
commonsense

Buffalo, NY

#11 Jun 11, 2008
I had a stroke and was sent to MFG. The care in the ICU was great but once I went to the floor before being discharged, it was horrible. I developed a staff infection at my IV site due to my RN's negligence and had to undergo more unnecessary tests that I wouldn't have had if it weren't for the infection. I told the head nurse that I wanted a new RN to take care of me and she was like we are short staffed w/1 RN for every 25-30 pts.!!!(this was during the week) I didn't care. This RN wouldn't listen to me that my vein blew up and was swollen. So I did get a new RN but still, it shouldn't have happened.

Compared to Sisters, Sisters has the best nursing staff and I am glad that they are certified in stroke care. These nurses do listen to their pts. I went there after I was discharged home from my stroke. I had a GI bleed and had to be admitted. Every time I had a problem and hit the call light, someone came in right away to make sure I was ok. Unlike MFG, I usually had to wait over 1 hour for my regular medications as well as pain meds. My roommate coded and her mom was like, "why isn't anyone coming in to help?" So I got up and wheeled my IV pole to the nursing station to find 6 nurses at the desk and I told them that my roomie was in trouble & the call light was on. They were like, we know. She needs her meds, we are waiting on pharmacy and I was like NO, she's NOT BREATHING!!! They they got up off their duffs and ran to the room. Luckily, her MD showed up and said that she doesn't belong on the floor but in ICU. Yep, they make the big bucks and have this reputation of being the best........but at what cost when pt. care suffers big time.
SORRY WE BELIEVED

Dunkirk, NY

#12 Jun 11, 2008
commonsense wrote:
I had a stroke and was sent to MFG. The care in the ICU was great but once I went to the floor before being discharged, it was horrible. I developed a staff infection at my IV site due to my RN's negligence and had to undergo more unnecessary tests that I wouldn't have had if it weren't for the infection. I told the head nurse that I wanted a new RN to take care of me and she was like we are short staffed w/1 RN for every 25-30 pts.!!!(this was during the week) I didn't care. This RN wouldn't listen to me that my vein blew up and was swollen. So I did get a new RN but still, it shouldn't have happened.
Compared to Sisters, Sisters has the best nursing staff and I am glad that they are certified in stroke care. These nurses do listen to their pts. I went there after I was discharged home from my stroke. I had a GI bleed and had to be admitted. Every time I had a problem and hit the call light, someone came in right away to make sure I was ok. Unlike MFG, I usually had to wait over 1 hour for my regular medications as well as pain meds. My roommate coded and her mom was like, "why isn't anyone coming in to help?" So I got up and wheeled my IV pole to the nursing station to find 6 nurses at the desk and I told them that my roomie was in trouble & the call light was on. They were like, we know. She needs her meds, we are waiting on pharmacy and I was like NO, she's NOT BREATHING!!! They they got up off their duffs and ran to the room. Luckily, her MD showed up and said that she doesn't belong on the floor but in ICU. Yep, they make the big bucks and have this reputation of being the best........but at what cost when pt. care suffers big time.
This is about Mercy Hospital, Not Millard Gates. I can't say anything about Kalida if that is how you spell it, all I can talk about is the Catholic Health System. On my floor, this would never happen, at least it hadden't in the last 5 years that I've been there.
Ray

North Tonawanda, NY

#14 Jun 12, 2008
Jay in Hamburg wrote:
Good luck to the nurses at Mercy Hospital.
Corporate greed is the downfall of capitalism.
Nurses require advanced education, most have Bachelor's degrees and some have Master's Degrees, they have horrible schedules, are expected to work holidays, weekends, etc and the physical demand of their job causes many to have back injuries.
I know that if nursing was dominated by men none of this would be the case.
Ladies, stand up and be heard! You deserve good money and good benefits!
There are some professions at MHB that aren't represented by the CWA and many of these professionals hold BS or higher degrees and still make significantly less than the AS-RN's do working the same lousy schedules, et al.

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I do agree that the corporate mentality has hit home to our Mercy Hospital (CHS) and they are all thinking about the big bucks, while the top brass are walking away with high 6-figure salaries and golden perks that many of us could only dream of.
fellow western new yorker

Niagara Falls, NY

#15 Jun 12, 2008
Still In South Buffalo wrote:
I've had both my children at Mercy, 13 1/2 yrs APART and I'll tell you - with both hospital stays, there was only ONE nurse that was a gem and truly deserved a raise. She made sure I was taken care of every single hour she was there! The other nurses on other shifts? Forget it! It wasn't like I had free insurance with either of them births. In the RARE occasions we had to go to the ER, the nurses were unattentive to the smallest requests and they were very rude and impatient to the elderly patients. They got a lot of nerve asking for more money. The hospital should be keeping a closer eye on the poor conduct of their staff. Perhaps, they have and that's why this is all happening. Oh and PS. When you go on strike, you only get a very small portion of your pay and when I say small, I mean SMALL. So the proud husband of the wife who is in the union should think twice about his finances and re think his position on supporting a strike. It would be just like them nurses to go on strike and neglect what's really important - the patients care. Wouldn't be anything different from what they're doing now!
This sounds like a complaint for hospital administration! Those nurses work with the resources that they are given. Ultimately, adequate staffing means better patient care. YOU GO MERCY NURSES!!! Fight for the community!! They deserve the best!!!
Jim

Buffalo, NY

#16 Jun 12, 2008
There would be much more support for these nurses if there weren't so many horror stories from local residents about how their relatives were neglected once they hit the regular floors at Mercy. 50% of the nurses are great but way too many ignore helpless patients if they don't have a family member there with them.Many times what pizza place they're ordering from takes preference over a paients needs.Their are too many stories out there to ignore.
NY taxpayer

Pleasant Hill, MO

#17 Jun 12, 2008
Nursing is one of the nobelest careers. It is physically & emotionally grueling. Mercy works with as small as a staff as possible so the corporate bigwigs can rake in more money than 3 or 4 nurses make combined. I hope they all stick to their guns and get a good raise & benefits. However, their ER does need major improvements. I have had too many bad experiences there since OLV closed down.
SORRY WE BELIEVED

Dunkirk, NY

#18 Jun 12, 2008
Jim wrote:
There would be much more support for these nurses if there weren't so many horror stories from local residents about how their relatives were neglected once they hit the regular floors at Mercy. 50% of the nurses are great but way too many ignore helpless patients if they don't have a family member there with them.Many times what pizza place they're ordering from takes preference over a paients needs.Their are too many stories out there to ignore.
The problem in most of these cases is staffing. There are days that there are 11 or 12 patients to one nurse, and one confused or needy patient can suck up most of your time, and then the other patients suffer. As far as ordering pizza goes, are we not allowed to eat when most of us work 12 hours a day?
Jim

Buffalo, NY

#19 Jun 12, 2008
When it takes precedence over patients no.I know there are problems with staffing there and have sympathy, but that does not explain the rude callous behavior of many. It would not be so evident if not for the great nurses who make up about 50-60% of the workforce.
SORRY WE BELIEVED

Dunkirk, NY

#20 Jun 12, 2008
Jim wrote:
When it takes precedence over patients no.I know there are problems with staffing there and have sympathy, but that does not explain the rude callous behavior of many. It would not be so evident if not for the great nurses who make up about 50-60% of the workforce.
I personally order out at work maybe once a year. I know there are some bad nurses, I work with some of them and they will be the first to strike just for the sake of striking, but this is also true for any other hospital that you go to. I've been to others and it is pretty much the same, every one's experience is different. Unless a patient is in critical condition, I see no reason why we should starve when we (most of us) work so hard all day. By the way, the food ordering usually takes place while the nurses are doing paperwork on their patients, also part of the job, multitasking so that they can get out on the floor and take care of the patients.
Jim

Buffalo, NY

#21 Jun 12, 2008
The food ordering isn't the big deal it's the "it's not my job" answers you get or going up there and seeing an old lady on a bed pan for an hr or the dismissive attitude your given. You cannot say that Mercy is on par with other hospitals anymore as far as care on the floors go ask anyone in the southern tier or just check their 1 star state rating. I'm sure you are one of the good ones by your answers but it looks alot different overall from the patients and their families views.

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