Demand for Nursing Staff at Osborn Correctional
When: Thursday, June 11th, from 2:30 to 4:30
Where: 4-way intersection of Shaker and Taylor road, Somers CT
What: Protest to demand the policies needed to fully staff nursing at Osborn Correctional
For the past year, OCI has been experiencing a severe nursing shortage. There are currently 29 full time nurses working at Osborn. As of 6/5, there are 14 vacant full-time nursing positions (24 HSU positions total). These vacancies result in regularly mandating the current nursing staff and running the medical unit short of safe minimums.
For the past year, 1199 members have raised the issue of staffing at Osborn with very few results. Dating back to August 2019, there have been countless meetings with management to discuss the vacancies and reiterate the importance of hiring nursing staff. Unfortunately, the amount of vacancies has only grown. Drastic measures are needed to recruit and retain staff.
Osborn is a large, high-acuity facility with many inmates that require regular medical attention. It is also home to a large population of elderly inmates. Six of the seven inmate deaths due to COVID-19 were housed at OCI. Osborn needs more nursing staff in order to provide baseline care to its inmates.
Recruitment and retention stipends for nursing staff are necessary to get Osborn back on its feet and operating safely. Lives are at stake.