<< NURSES RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACK -
New York State Nurses Association -
As soon as word of the tragedy at the World Trade Center towers reached NYC hospitals, nurses readied their units for the expected flood of patients and off-duty RNs rushed to their facilities. Some NYSNA members had family or friends who worked in or near the site of the devastation, but remained on the job to help the injured. Nurses in hospitals in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey worked long hours without a break.
A group of RNs who were at a meeting at NYSNA headquarters upstate in Latham returned to their facilities in New York City on a bus commandeered by EMS. As essential personnel, they were allowed to cross the Tappen Zee Bridge, which had been closed to all traffic heading for the city.
A call for help posted on NYSNA's web site drew such a flood of responses from RNs that it had to be withdrawn. The Department of Health couldn't handle the numbers!
NYSNA salutes the courage, dedication, and devotion of all those RNs who responded to this crisis, who demonstrated once again their unswerving commitment to those who need their care. Thank you all.
- The New York State Nurses Association