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National health care union launches nursing home reform campaign


National health care union launches nursing home reform campaign
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The nation's largest health care labor union, 1199SEIU, launched a nursing home reform campaign on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Health care workers and labor advocates rally outside Lutheran Care?•s Bethlehem Commons nursing home, where employees were recently notified that their health benefits will be terminated on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Delmar, N.Y. (Will Waldron/Times Union)Will Waldron/Albany Times UnionShow MoreShow Less
2of5Denise DiNoto heads towards Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing in Colonie NY after a vigil on Saturday, May 23, 2020 calling on New York state to support nursing home workers, transfer residents who so choose to safer settings and step up state regulations of nursing homes (Jim Franco/Special to the Times Union.)James FrancoShow MoreShow Less

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The message from a nurse who recovered from Covid and got the vaccine: 'Bear down and follow the rules'


Tina Black knows the horrors of Covid-19 better than most. 
The licensed practical nurse has held the hands of seven of her favorite patients who died from the virus in the Covid unit at Schoellkopf Health Center, a nursing home in Niagara Falls. 
She tested positive for the virus herself in the spring, experienced terrible headaches, and had to quarantine for four weeks in her bedroom, while taking precautions to avoid infecting her 16-year-old grandson who lives with her. 
"We now have a glimmer of hope," she said.
Black said she wasn't anxious about getting immunized against the virus.
"I just know I wanted something to give to stop the deaths. That was really my main concern. I didn’t want to make any more phone calls saying there is a change in condition. I didn’t want to see any more pain and suffering. Not only in the nursing home, but in the world."

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