IAmA ED nurse and local union president who was fired from my hospital last week. The story was in the New York Times. Ask me about hospital standards right now, being a nurse, being a local union president, what you can do, or anything else.
My name is Adam Witt. I'm a nurse who has been working at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, part of The Hackensack Meridian Health network, since 2016. I've been in the emergency department for the last two years. I was fired last Tuesday, 4/7/2020.
You can read about my termination here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/business/coronavirus-health-workers-speak-out.html
Last May, I became president of our nurse's union, HPAE Local 5058. Being president of a local means spending a lot of my non-working hours advocating and fighting for the nearly 1300 nurses in our facility. Adding to this responsibility were a number of attempts to "harmonize" benefits, standards, etc across our recently merged hospital system. Since last April, this has resulted in missing pay, impossible to understand paychecks, and a hacking of our health system that took down our computers for days. Most recently, the hospital decided to "audit" our paid time off in late March (during this pandemic), with many people losing time or going into negative balances. For example, my account said I had -111 hrs.
Needless to say, there's been a lot to deal with, and I've done everything in my power to try and ensure that the staff is respected and our issues are resolved. Problems multiplied during the hospital's response to Covid-19 and I, and the other nurses on the board, became increasingly outspoken. I guess some people didn't like that.
As you likely know, this is happening across the US and it has to stop. I'm not worried about myself, but I am worried about our nurses and staff (and all workers in this country) who are risking their lives for their jobs right now.
So, Reddit, ask me about any of the topics I've touched on, or anything else, and I'll do my best to answer. I'll even talk about Rampart.
If you feel compelled to do something for our nurses, please sign this petition:
You can also contact NJ's Governor, Murphy, who recently called my hospital system's CEO, Bob Garrett, a good friend:
Hackensack Meridian social media:
Because the article requires a login, I want to explain that the hospital went to extreme measures in my discipline before firing me. Here is the image that they hung up at security desks: mugshot
That's not normal. They also spent time reviewing security footage to write up several members ofstaff who may have taken pictures of of my "wanted poster." All this was done during a pandemic.
I'm signing off for tonight. Thank you. Please, find ways to support local essential workers. Be safe.