At 60 Plus, our mission is to advocate for the highest healthcare standards for senior patients. Regrettably, the reprehensible and wholly unprofessional behavior displayed by the nurses engaged in the Steelworkers Union’s strike at RWJ University Hospital demands immediate action. We vehemently call upon the ANA and the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) to launch an investigation into the disruptive conduct of every nurse involved, holding them accountable for their actions.
Numerous reports have surfaced detailing disruptive actions by the Steelworkers Union Nurses, including the alarming use of horns, firecrackers, and blaring music within the premises of the emergency room at all hours of the day and night. Such conduct blatantly violates Provisions 1, 3, 6, and 9 of the ANA’s Code of Ethics guidelines which are meant to safeguard the well-being and comfort of both patients and healthcare professionals (Page V, Code of Ethics PDF).
These disruptive activities extend beyond mere inconvenience; they pose a serious threat to the recovery process of patients who require the critical element of rest. Disrupting patient care, particularly in a healthcare environment, is wholly inappropriate and should be unequivocally condemned. Patients deserve an environment conducive to healing, and the reported behavior of the Steelworkers Union Nurses at RWJ University Hospital is undermining the very essence of compassionate and professional healthcare.
We urgently request that the ANA and the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) launch a thorough investigation into these allegations and take appropriate action to address the unprofessional conduct of the Steelworkers Union Nurses. We hope that swift and decisive measures will be taken to ensure the well-being of patients and to uphold the high standards of professionalism that the nursing profession is known for.