More than 7,000 NYC nurses go on strike

Nurses in New York City have gone on strike to protest what they call unfair working conditions.

More than 7,000 nurses from two major hospitals in the city started the strike on Monday.

They say administrators have not hired enough staff to keep up with their workload, and they want their wages to better reflect the pressures of inflation. However, they say their struggle goes beyond money.

New York State Nurses Association President Nancy Hagans said, "We would rather be inside taking care our patients, but safely, in a safe manner, not the condition they have been working in for the past five, ten years."

Doctors in New York are now working alongside temporary nurses to cover the shortage. However, Matsuura Yusuke, a pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital, said the situation is not sustainable.

Matsuura said, "The strike has so much influence over the patient care. And also lots of medical staff are putting into work who are not supposed to be on service. So, a lot of people are concerned about patient safety issues and also lots of stress and burden."

Nurses in the UK walked out in December to protest their own shortages of staffing and funding. They, too, say their workload has become unbearable. And they say they just want to be taken care of so they can take care of others.