The COVID Crisis: As Nurses Care For Us, Who Cares For Them? Harlem Hospital Nurses Speak Out

April 6, 2020

On Monday, April 6, 2020, socially distanced Nurses at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem Hospital at 506 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY held an urgent community action in front of the hospital.

Harlem nurses are demanding greater access to N95s and other critical PPE to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Like other hospitals across the country, hospital management at Harlem Hospital has been rationing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and limiting access to the N95 respirators that protect nurses against coronavirus infection. Nurses spoke out about current conditions and protocols in the hospital that put nurses, their families, patients, and communities at risk.

Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 and need the safest equipment to treat patients, slow the spread of the virus, and protect themselves. Nurses are calling on the Trump administration and the federal government to unleash the Defense Production Act (DPA) to increase the production of PPE, so healthcare workers can safely care for the communities they serve.

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 42,000 members in New York State. They are New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses.

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